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by Robert Haines
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: stainless steel as a material for a music box comb?
Replies: 6
Views: 10165

stainless steel as a material for a music box comb?

I'm starting on a project for making a music box that will be permanently mounted out-of-doors here in the San Francisco Bay Area, about a mile from the ocean (and consequently subjected to the corrosive atmospheric conditions that we get). I was thinking of machining the comb (or "harp", if you pre...
by Robert Haines
Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:12 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: replacing missing xylophone tonebars with different ones
Replies: 13
Views: 17177

Re: replacing missing xylophone tonebars with different ones

Thank you, Nate! I appreciate the experienced advice. I used to make marimbas for zimbabwean-style marimba ensembles - I've made about 50 instruments of various sizes, mostly using paduak and mahogany for the keys. Bob is correct. The suspension points should be located at the primary nodes - theore...
by Robert Haines
Wed May 06, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: making wooden sounding blocks for hitting with gavels
Replies: 3
Views: 4416

Re: making wooden sounding blocks for hitting with gavels

...I would guess that the small size of the block contributes more to the bright tone than the actual materials used. Yes -- the size, and the fact that sounding blocks typically are solid, resting directly upon a podium. I would expect that even the most resonant tonewood like rosewood would still...
by Robert Haines
Wed May 06, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: making wooden sounding blocks for hitting with gavels
Replies: 3
Views: 4416

making wooden sounding blocks for hitting with gavels

This probably counts as one of the odder projects ever posted on MIMF, but here goes: I'm a Freemason and we use gavels on sounding blocks to mark certain points in the procedures of our meetings. Typically, the three officers of a Lodge use solid wood sounding blocks more or less 6" in diameter and...
by Robert Haines
Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: replacing missing xylophone tonebars with different ones
Replies: 13
Views: 17177

Re: replacing missing xylophone tonebars with different ones

I know that it's possible to fabricate new tonebars, and out of a variety of woods (not just the original Brazilian rosewood). If I wanted to go that direction right now, I'd be grateful for the advice that you folks could give. But as I said in the OP, I only want to make the xylophone playable as ...
by Robert Haines
Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: replacing missing xylophone tonebars with different ones
Replies: 13
Views: 17177

Re: replacing missing xylophone tonebars with different ones

"It can't be that hard"? Really ? I would need a source for Brazilian rosewood -- a wood that's very difficult to find and basically illegal to buy or sell, probably have to pay more for that lumber than I paid for the xylophone, would then have to find some way to mill it to the correct thickness, ...
by Robert Haines
Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: replacing missing xylophone tonebars with different ones
Replies: 13
Views: 17177

replacing missing xylophone tonebars with different ones

I have an old Deagan xylophone that happens to be missing the top 3 accidentals. I'd like to make it playable so I can practice with it but have had no luck finding suitable replacements for the original rosewood bars. I also have a cheapo student's tabletop xylophone (no resonators) that has padauk...
by Robert Haines
Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:01 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: "exciting" glockenspiel tonebars?
Replies: 2
Views: 3173

"exciting" glockenspiel tonebars?

So, I have a student-grade glockenspiel and the keyboard from an old reed organ and naturally, I want to find a way to force them into some kind of unholy relationship. My first thought was to make a keyboard glockenspiel, using solenoids to strike the tonebars, triggered by contact switches attache...