|Project by llwynog||posted 07-20-2011 at 08:41 AM||1587 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
This xylophone was supposed to be a two-weekend project but it turned out spanning across 2-3 months as shop time became very scarce.
This is anything but fine woodworking as the resonator box is made of butt-joined and nailed plywood.
The bars are made of Paduk and tuning them was actually the most enjoyable part of the project. I have never played a musical instrument in my life so being able to get such a nice sound out of wood was rather magical to me.
To tune the bars, i used a freeware on my phone and the result sounds great to my untrained ears.
As plywood is rather ugly, I had to paint it and decided to experiment with a weathered look.
This was meant to be a gift to my son on the day his little sister got born, but I could not resist and gave it to him 1 week earlier.
Here is a quick video taken to give a rough idea of the sound. My phone’s microphone really does not do any justice to the rich and organic sound coming from the xylophone.
If some other people are interested in building the same project, the design is extensively based on a plan available from http://www.makeamarimba.com/
-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather