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by Andy Barnhart
Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Bamboo as neck wood?
Replies: 5
Views: 5920

Re: Bamboo as neck wood?

The bamboo panels and flooring are a lot like fiberglass using a natural fiber (bamboo) and some tough hard resin. When they align the strands it has some strength but it still has a little flex.
by Andy Barnhart
Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Public musical instrument installation-- help!
Replies: 15
Views: 11654

Re: Public musical instrument installation-- help!

I don't mean the general public, but yeah, kids pick up sticks and try to launch them when stretchable strings are in a park. Maybe liability is more rational over there. In the US, considering that sort of possibility is an unfortunate reality in public planning. As far as Simon's weight idea, thin...
by Andy Barnhart
Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Public musical instrument installation-- help!
Replies: 15
Views: 11654

Re: Public musical instrument installation-- help!

Simon, Great idea, stolen or not. The only problem that occurs to me is that wound strings would go out of tune if any winding broke, even internally (that happens on guitars without people realizing it; they just realize it is oddly flat and tighten it) or a wire string gets stretched. But I still ...
by Andy Barnhart
Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:27 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: simple windway cutter
Replies: 9
Views: 6470

Re: simple windway cutter

Quick note in case anyone follows these directions - I have made a new one based on this that I will likely post soon. It is larger, the notched board has been replaced with a glued up V made with 2 miter cut pieces on a backing and some tweaks were made so the cut is a little better in its intended...
by Andy Barnhart
Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: simple windway cutter
Replies: 9
Views: 6470

Re: simple windway cutter

We are saying the same thing after all then - "You want an ideal arch of a longer radius, than the bore." When I referred to thinking that optimum was over 100%, that is what I meant - the roof arc having a radius at the top that is more than 100% (longer) than the bore arc. But if the roof arc is l...
by Andy Barnhart
Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: simple windway cutter
Replies: 9
Views: 6470

Re: simple windway cutter

What I found attractive about the idea is that before I was starting with nothing (no windway, no sound) and trying to get a good sound. Using an approach like this, I am starting with something and possibly improving it. I say possibly because the sample whistle above actually sounds very good and ...
by Andy Barnhart
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:34 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: simple windway cutter
Replies: 9
Views: 6470

Re: simple windway cutter

Do you mean proportionately? In the sample above, the whistle bore is 14mm, or just under 5/8" so the windway radius is over 60%. I know optimal is over 100% but it still has to have "corners" of a smaller radius.
by Andy Barnhart
Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: What to do with these 6 old flutes...
Replies: 3
Views: 4397

Re: What to do with these 6 old flutes...

Thanks - you are correct about Astor. I found one online that had a close up of the mark and the one I have has the unicorn like the one I found on the net.
by Andy Barnhart
Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: simple windway cutter
Replies: 9
Views: 6470

Re: simple windway cutter

I just cut a few more and it occurred to me that I should mention something that is second nature if you sue router templates much but might not be known to some... set the router in turned off, wiggle it around a little to make sure the bit is in the hollow of the bore when first turned on. Turn it...
by Andy Barnhart
Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: What to do with these 6 old flutes...
Replies: 3
Views: 4397

What to do with these 6 old flutes...

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e396/arbarnhart/HPIM3537.jpg I can take better pictures of individual flutes if needed. Anyway, I am a novice whistle maker and so assumed to be a woodwind expert by others. These flutes were found when the choir director was going through some dusty old boxes. I s...
by Andy Barnhart
Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: simple windway cutter
Replies: 9
Views: 6470

simple windway cutter

I came up with a simple way to cut an internal duct that is consistent and repeatable. On top of that, it actually works. :D The test whistle sounded good on the very first attempt. I just drilled a hole at the end of the windway squared it up, filed the ramp, put in a plug and it worked immediately...
by Andy Barnhart
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:49 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: aulos digression
Replies: 19
Views: 23016

Re: aulos digression

I am always intrigued by instruments based on iconography, though it sounds like you have some extant ones to look at also.

In the right light, I think this Egyptian is rockin' out on a Telecaster :D
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by Andy Barnhart
Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:50 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting
Replies: 39
Views: 27598

Re: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting

I am in the presence of a couple of very accomplished makers. Yuri, The museum demonstrator job is definitely brag worthy; I am still not quite making the tourist junk reliably yet. Your site is definitely on my short list for inspiration. Stephen, It looks like in the photo that you slipped in that...
by Andy Barnhart
Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:48 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting
Replies: 39
Views: 27598

Re: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting

A couple of quick updates... I was just browsing available bits and the next thing I knew, I found myself clicking "Buy" on a bargain priced .4840" bit, 16" long. It looks to have a slightly different shank/handle that my current one, so I may have to make another one of my high tech "hikree branch ...
by Andy Barnhart
Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting
Replies: 39
Views: 27598

Re: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting

I definitely need to improve playing chops. Been working on that off an on, but too much "off" lately. My wife plays flute/piccolo and can play whistle well enough to tell me when I am way off versus reasonably close. I forget which instructions suggested wallowing holes that way, but I will ditch t...
by Andy Barnhart
Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting
Replies: 39
Views: 27598

Re: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting

More monologue, though Stephen did ask in another thread that we continue here to discuss the whistles; others are certainly welcome to chime in. Here is a short video of my running the scale on the walnut D whistle I made a few days ago and gives me some hope (and a whistle to practice with and pla...
by Andy Barnhart
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Historical Renaissance recorder boring technique
Replies: 59
Views: 44522

Re: Historical Renaissance recorder boring technique

I wish I could locate the article, but it was in a physical magazine that has been decluttered away and I didn't have any success Googling for it. I am a bit of a cynic - I suspect magazines don't run that sort of test very often because nearly all the finish vendors have one or more "penetrating" f...
by Andy Barnhart
Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:43 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Historical Renaissance recorder boring technique
Replies: 59
Views: 44522

Re: Historical Renaissance recorder boring technique

I guess a lot depends on what "deeply" means also. One article I read had an interesting test; they tried to get water to bead on the back side of veneer using a bunch of different finishes that claimed to penetrate into wood. 1/16" was an impervious barrier but they had limited success at 1/32". Th...
by Andy Barnhart
Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:00 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting
Replies: 39
Views: 27598

Re: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting

Thanks! I am going for the latter option - whistles - for now. I think the bore to length is around 18.5 on a D and 21 on a C. It didn't seem that large and the article on the recorder called for that bore. If I can reliably get 2 good octaves with the whistles, I will be pleased. I have one longer ...
by Andy Barnhart
Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting
Replies: 39
Views: 27598

Re: Voicing, windway, fipple, tone holes and undercutting

Yes I could use help. The bore is 14mm and a 1/2" dowel slips through that easily (that's what I tap my plugs out with) but it is a little under 5/8". D whistles are pretty near the top of the range for that bore, but most info I have says they are in range. I am having trouble with B and even A on ...