Making a wacky daxophone! #2: Day 1

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Blog entry by Justin posted 03-02-2010 02:53 AM 4820 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A few questions before I begin Part 2 of Making a wacky daxophone! series Part 3: Day 2 »

So today I began the construction of my daxophone. Just a little background first:

The daxophone is a relativly new, experimental instrument invented by Hans Reichel in the 1980’s. It is composed of a soundbox, a dax, and a tongue. The tongue vibrates ontop of the soundbox which is connected to an amplifier. The dax is slid up and down the tongue to control pitch. I choose to make this instrument because it’s all about wood, has endless possibilities, and I think it sounds awesome. Here is some further information if your interested:

Here are some pictures documenting the progress so far:

Purpleheart(soundbox), Lignum Vitae(the dax), and some Lacewood(soundboard and 1st tongue) are what I choose to make mine out of.

I cut the soundbox out with a forstner bit and then chiseled it clean so the electronics would fit.

This is the block the dax will be made out of. It has two 1/2” holes to help promote the acoustics.

After rough shaping.

For the pickups I used two piezo transducers and glued them to the lacewood board.

All the electronics are soldered and installed, the soundbox is ready for gluing.

I think I’ll give it the clamps!

At the end of day one this is as far as I have gotten. The soundbox is assembled and the dax, shaped, and sanded to 220.

Thanks for looking! More to come!

-- I'm into rough carpentry, are you?

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 12:15 PM

Awsome, can’t wait for the next part. I like the sound, might have to put on my to do list. JIM

-- A day without sawdust is like a day without sunshine

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