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Sound Designs: A Handbook of Musical Instrument Building Paperback – November 1, 1995
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Tools needed here well I have a full stocked work shop but that is not needed for all the instruments , simple skill saws jig saw drills hand tool assortment should be able to do a lot of the wood ones .
It is written simple English as well not some foreign high tech college orientated dude trying to impress the reader with his smarts , he much rather show you by explaining through his experiences such as he found this in a yard sale or that in a junk yard .. examples of this are through out the book .. he gets only 4 stars because it did not come with a free DVD or table saw haha .. you may want to google my name as by time you read this some of his instruments may be on my page here for sale
I think it would also be useful for teaching kids, and I once used it for a summer class for kids where they built some of the simpler instruments in the book such as the Funnelodeon and Copper Maracas. They also built Whirly Tubes out of long pieces of light blue swimming pool tubing. The kids had a great time and some even said it was their favorite class. I think this book would be useful for music teachers who teach children and want to try something fun.
Many of the instruments in this book can be built using items found at hardware stores. Many of the more complex instruments are reminiscent of instruments built by the American composer Harry Partch and are also similar to discontinued (yet amazing!) instruments made by the J. C. Deagan company at the beginning of the twentieth century.
This book would make a great gift for anyone curious about different tunings and for someone who wants to try them out on an acoustic instruments, for percussionists, composers, wind players, string players, or even retired folks who have a little extra time and like working with their hands. There are mostly percussion instruments, but also some stringed and wind instruments as well. The directions, photos and diagrams are clear, and overall, this book is just a lot of fun to have around.