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  1. the simpsons
    December 6, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    Steve, I found a slightly (and only slightly) more scientific way to find the ‘nodes’ (the parts of the key that don’t resonate) on each key. Place the key on a soft towel (the felt pads you were using would probably work fine) and sprinkle some salt on the key. When you strike the key with the mallet the salt will group at the two nodes. That’s where the holes should be. I think you were on the right track with the dowels, as the screws were absorbing too much vibration. A finishing nail, maybe?

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    • Ragnhild
      December 7, 2013 @ 6:34 am

      The points where you attach the keys need to be placed on the nodes of a natural harmonic, preferably a simple one, like a third or a quarter, and obviously they have to be placed on the same harmonic, or what you’ve actually done is place them on nodes of a higher harmonic.
      The first natural harmonics are:
      1/2, an octave above the base note,
      1/3, an octave and a fifth above the base note,
      1/4, two octaves above the base note,
      1/5, two octaves and a third above the base note,
      1/6, two octaves and a fifth above the base note,
      1/7, slightly below two octaves and a seventh above the base note – rarely used,
      1/8, three octaves above the base note.

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  2. David Picciuto
    December 6, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    Sweet! I want to make this!

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  3. Danny
    December 6, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    I think the Simpsons are on to something here.

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  4. Michael Hayes
    December 6, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    Check out boatworks today, Andy Miller made one back in 2011 and found a good method for the keys

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  5. Paul Alexander
    December 6, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    Nice job, Steve. I had a little marimba from Guatemala. The keys were suspended on strings strung through the little upright as well as the keys. pba

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  6. Frank Ingram
    December 6, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    How do I log in? Every time I visit your site to watch the latest video I can not find a place to sign in. I have no problem watching the latest video or watching any of your past projects. should I sign in? I started making snowflakes today.

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  7. Tobias Redepenning
    December 7, 2013 @ 1:22 am

    I haven’t tried one yet but I thought you could use loop velcro on both bass and key and put the felt in between?

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  8. Anonymous
    December 7, 2013 @ 5:46 am

    Looks amazing!

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  9. woodchuk :)
    December 7, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    nothing is ever a failure. each attempt teaches us something

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    • 7.62x54r
      December 7, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

      Did you miss the “wooden bow” video? 😉

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  10. woodworking dentist
    December 7, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    That’s awesome Steve! Very cool. I don’t have the patience for this one yet. I’m still trying to get good sounding train whistles!

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  11. tony
    December 17, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    A very nice job, Steve. That wood work !!

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  12. RichinSC
    December 18, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    Excellent idea! Looks like I have a new project to start. Thanks

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  13. Dennis Bartholomew
    December 26, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    My Son and I made one about 20 years ago for a junior high music class…..we used weatherstriping felt and woodscrews to secure the tone bars…….Had no problems with losing tone….predrilled the holes, a little loose and didn’t tighten them down…..worked great, he still has it and now his own children are approaching junior high….

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