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by Yuri Terenyi
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Help! Gemshorn won't make a sound!
Replies: 1
Views: 7842

Re: Help! Gemshorn won't make a sound!

The first two-three-four inches or so of the horn material wit the labium carved in it need to be reasonably aligned with the wind stream. Which is why the recorders work for you, and the horn doesn't. I suspect it curves away downwards practically immediately.
by Yuri Terenyi
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: fipple flute making - step by step
Replies: 26
Views: 33160

Re: fipple flute making - step by step

No, I wasn't. But as it happens, looked in (nearly a year after the question... Anyway, no, it's actually harder. Carving out the block from solid is the traditional way, That means, no matter how careful you are, the round part will never be absolutely exact. because you are fitting a hand-carved c...
by Yuri Terenyi
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Clavicytherium design
Replies: 5
Views: 5778

Re: Clavicytherium design

Just an aside. The instrument in the photo is not actually a clavicytherium. It's a harp-piano. Clavicytheriums don't have an open harp-like frame, but are upright harpsichords, complete with a blind back plate as minimum. Apart from the earliest one known, also a complete soundboard.
by Yuri Terenyi
Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Building a medieval symphonie
Replies: 6
Views: 8084

Re: Building a medieval symphonie

I only saw it now. And Charlie, I only built a few, so not what I'd call a full-time professional builder. (However, I make a lot of kinds of instruments, so there is a bit of experience there.) Now to the point. In essentials the symphonie (there are many spellings) doesn't differ from the keybox o...
by Yuri Terenyi
Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:39 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Hurdy gurdy wheel dimensions
Replies: 2
Views: 4091

Re: Hurdy gurdy wheel dimensions

What's a fibre resin board? And before using it, are you sure it will take rosin? The thickness of the wheel makes the sound stronger or weaker. Also less or more refined. Some folk gurdies have very thick wheels, I know of a few that weigh in at 18mm. The French classical ones tend to be around 12m...
by Yuri Terenyi
Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:36 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Hurdy gurdy tangent spacing
Replies: 7
Views: 10108

Re: Hurdy gurdy tangent spacing

Barry, the tangents on all functional hurdy-gurdies are movable. There are more than one way of achieving it, the traditional ones look like flattish flags, pivoting on thin dowel-like protrusions. This is very important. Fixed frets are a pain, and it's impossible that they will be truly in tune. A...
by Yuri Terenyi
Mon May 18, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Are there any recorder makers here?
Replies: 6
Views: 8756

Re: Are there any recorder makers here?

I stopped using bone for woodwind. It tends to crack. Less readily than wood, but the results are far worse.
On the other hand, if you can find three pieces of straight antler of the right sizes, that would work very well.
by Yuri Terenyi
Sun May 17, 2015 2:08 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Are there any recorder makers here?
Replies: 6
Views: 8756

Re: Are there any recorder makers here?

Er, I hate to point this out, but ebonite is just another name for plastic. Of a sort. Acrylised wood does indeed have wood somewhere there, but to all practical purposes the instrument is pure plastic. What other good material do you have in mind?
by Yuri Terenyi
Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Refretting a Mexican vihuela
Replies: 3
Views: 3549

Re: Refretting a Mexican vihuela

The traditional material is gut. However, this has not been much used ever since the advent of nylon. So nylon it is, more than likely fishing line, as you say. Lutes have been (and are) equipped with tied-on frets ever since they have been in use. Go to Google images, and tap in "tying lute frets"....
by Yuri Terenyi
Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:25 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Metal "ring" on the flute. How to make it?
Replies: 10
Views: 11452

Re: Metal "ring" on the flute. How to make it?

Once again far too late... there was no traditional way. the whole thin metal ring is a completely new technique. In the good old times they used horn rings, ivory rings (totally hopeless as a real help) and simply a thicker portion of the woodturning. You will be hard pressed to find any original m...
by Yuri Terenyi
Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:31 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: fipple flute making - step by step
Replies: 26
Views: 33160

Re: fipple flute making - step by step

Actually, I have a while ago uploaded a short clip about how I bore the 4mm pilot hole.
Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKtTvDnJ1bU
by Yuri Terenyi
Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:28 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: fipple flute making - step by step
Replies: 26
Views: 33160

Re: fipple flute making - step by step

Sorry for being late. I haven't checked out this thread for a while. The tool for starting the hole is exactly 4mm, the same as the D-bit. I go in maybe 5-6 mms. It's done by eye, so can be a bit different. Basically, enough to establish a straight, centered starting hole. I use the spade bit to enl...
by Yuri Terenyi
Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Building a hurdy-gurdy
Replies: 111
Views: 110372

Re: Building a hurdy-gurdy

That last one starts as a grand crescendo in some mega-romantic symphony. But otherwise, yes, you are certainly getting there. The actual tuning of the drones should be taken care of first. The last clip shows that it can be a bit improved. Thing is, when the strings on a gurdy are not completely in...
by Yuri Terenyi
Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Building a hurdy-gurdy
Replies: 111
Views: 110372

Re: Building a hurdy-gurdy

The bridge slots are practically always padded with paper shims. That's because just about all bridges are made the way violin bridges are, the grain running across. (That's why I make my bridges with the grain perpendicular to the soundboard - no shrinkage.) So with every weather change you need to...
by Yuri Terenyi
Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:08 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Building a hurdy-gurdy
Replies: 111
Views: 110372

Re: Building a hurdy-gurdy

Er, Charlie, I simply dunno. For one thing, there are plenty of players these days who opt for the two chanters an octave apart. It all depends on the string thickness. The reason I don't know is simply because I'm not familiar with the far more common French-type pitch, let alone the C/G one, which...
by Yuri Terenyi
Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Building a hurdy-gurdy
Replies: 111
Views: 110372

Re: Building a hurdy-gurdy

Well, old PDQ has used the windbreaker, and the slide windbreaker...(with a harpsichord continuo!) Also invented the Pandemonium... In the light of those, I think an unfinished gurdy fits right in.
by Yuri Terenyi
Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Building a hurdy-gurdy
Replies: 111
Views: 110372

Re: Building a hurdy-gurdy

Charlie, is there any further progress on the gurdy? You can't just shove it into a corner, you know. It needs some player familiar with the setting up to make it into a good instrument, that's all.
by Yuri Terenyi
Thu May 15, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Ocarina- hole design and placement
Replies: 9
Views: 10495

Re: Ocarina- hole design and placement

The difference is between having a designated hole for each tone, or cross-fingering, in which case 4 holes will do for an octave. In the second case, the instrument will be diatonic in the lower half, but cross-fingered semitones are usually possible higher up. In the first case, you can cross-fing...
by Yuri Terenyi
Thu May 15, 2014 6:13 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Ocarina- hole design and placement
Replies: 9
Views: 10495

Re: Ocarina- hole design and placement

The stopper is for fine-tuning the basic pitch. With any ocarina (or, for that matter, any flue woodwind especially, but to a lesser extent any woodwind) as you play, the pitch changes with the warming up and change in the moisture content of the instrument. Which means that if you play with a fixed...