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Project by Noremak posted 07-14-2014 06:19 PM 1264 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I played percussion in high school. A marimba costs a lot so made one. Oak frame, walnut keys (they should be made from rosewood or paduk). PVC resonators. Everything tuned using a store bought tuner. Since then i have bought actual mallets

-- If someone made it, I sure can give it a shot. -Noremak





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mcoyfrog

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#1 posted 07-14-2014 06:33 PM

WOW this is awesome, I’ve made many tongue drums but this is over the top

Hats off to you very nice and welcome to LJ’s

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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drbyte

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 07:52 PM

Very nice job! The tone bars do not actually touch the PVC tubes do they? The tubes look to be sealed at the bottom end, is that correct? Just wondering.

-- Dennis, WV

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Peter Brown

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 09:14 PM

This is so cool!

Do you have any video of it in use?

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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Noremak

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#4 posted 07-14-2014 10:02 PM

Heres the link to the video of it in use. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufIBKb8WnlU&feature=youtu.be


This is so cool!

Do you have any video of it in use?

- kludge


-- If someone made it, I sure can give it a shot. -Noremak

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Noremak

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#5 posted 07-14-2014 10:07 PM



Very nice job! The tone bars do not actually touch the PVC tubes do they? The tubes look to be sealed at the bottom end, is that correct? Just wondering.

- drbyte

Correct and correct. The pvc pipes are tuned to the same note at the wood bar (cut them rough length, see what note it is by the tuner by hitting the cap end with a mallet, as you sand more of the pipe away the pitch gets higher until it mathes that of the key. When you strike the bar alone, it is not very loud. WHen you move the resonator directly underneath, it resonates 2 or 3 times as loud. much fuller sound too. when I drilled the holes in the walnut keys, the bit followed the grain in some keys. This made some closer to the oak frame than others. If you play it hard the key will hit the frame and sound clunky. You can really hear this in the last note of the video I posted.

-- If someone made it, I sure can give it a shot. -Noremak

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Dunshuvlin

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 05:55 AM

This is really impressive. Did you find a plan or is it your own design? If I ever got the current project list cleared, I would like to try making on of these.

-- Dunshuvlin, Europe

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Noremak

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 11:44 AM



This is really impressive. Did you find a plan or is it your own design? If I ever got the current project list cleared, I would like to try making on of these.

- Dunshuvlin


as much as I wish I designed this I didn’t. Found the plans at http://www.makeamarimba.com/buildamarimba/index.html?hop=funmus
kinda different because everything is in metric

-- If someone made it, I sure can give it a shot. -Noremak

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mcoyfrog

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 06:52 PM

Mann this is just so kewl. Thank you for all the info, I really want to try my hand at one of these

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 07-15-2014 07:24 PM

Very nice!

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Druid

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#10 posted 07-18-2014 05:58 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.
Looks and sounds good. How many hours would you estimate went into this, and what kind of finish did you use on the keys?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Noremak

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#11 posted 07-18-2014 12:32 PM



Welcome to LJ s.
Looks and sounds good. How many hours would you estimate went into this, and what kind of finish did you use on the keys?

- Druid


It’s hard to say how many hours. I was in school while making it so I couldn’t spend huge chunks of time on it. An estimate would probably be 30-40. At first I used this wax (I forget what kind) but it was terrible. Took that off and used linseed oil.

-- If someone made it, I sure can give it a shot. -Noremak

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