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by iheartthemusic29
(1 post)
16 years ago

Building a home-made Soprano Saxophone

The Science Olympiad has a category for musical instruments. I wonder if its possible to build a home-made sax?

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  1. by JBTSAX
    (364 posts)

    16 years ago

    Re: Building a home-made Soprano Saxophone

    It would be incredibly difficult to build a saxophone by hand with all of the keys, rods, posts, toneholes, etc. that are required. This link gives some information on building home made instruments out of bamboo. Good luck. www.webspirit.com/fluteman John

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  2. by tenoradict
    (9 posts)

    16 years ago

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  3. by JZ
    (83 posts)

    16 years ago

    Re: Building a home-made Soprano Saxophone

    If you are still interested, I found a book at the New York Performing Arts Library that gives detailed schematics on how to make a number of wind instruments, such as a recorder or a flute. Robinson, Trevor. Amateur Wind Instrument Maker (1980). JMF 83-540. In the theory part of the book, viz., the first chapter, the author talks about the various trade-offs in making a wind instrument. For example, pitch and volume are determined by the placement of the tone hole and by its size, and there is a trade-off between the two that must be calculated. Maybe, for your science project, you can demonstrate some of the principles posited in this first chapter. Good luck at the science fair.

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  4. by sax_maniac
    (984 posts)

    16 years ago

    Re: Building a home-made Soprano Saxophone

    Fantastic! I remember being in the Science Olympiad 20+ years ago. What I remember of the musical instrument competition is that you want not just to simply replicate an existing instrument - but create something original. Now, there are so many instruments new, old, and Blue Man that it would be hard to come up with anything one could call purely original. For a saxophone type instrument, maybe start by building a simple prototype with a cylindrical bore - perhaps come up with a novel way of activating the sound. Experiment to see what happens with different tone hole locations or even how you might control which toneholes are open or closed. If you simply want to construct a saxophone by non-traditional means, your best bet is to get intimately familiar with a junker horn. Might be interesting to see a saxophone type instrument that has a simpler range to it - more like a recorder. That might be a more manageable project and one that I think doesn't already exist. Facsimile horns get made all the time in China and Taiwan.

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    1. by Riyan17
      (1 post)

      3 months ago

      Re: Building a home-made Soprano Saxophone

      Constructing a homemade soprano saxophone requires precision and creativity. Begin by sourcing materials like PVC pipes for the body and mouthpiece, ensuring accurate measurements for each component. Craft the keys from durable materials like metal or plastic, focusing on functionality and ergonomics. Lastly, assemble all parts meticulously, testing for sound quality and tuning. With patience and skill, a unique and functional instrument can emerge from your workshop.

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