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Among the books listed in this section, only the highlighted in yellow below are available for direct sale with discounts up to -80% OFF.

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Constructing a 5-String Banjo: A Complete Technical Guide Roger H. Siminoff 0881883735 New. Unused 6.43 €
The Autoharp Owner's Manual Mary Lou Orthey 0786658835 New. Unused 9.31 €
Cardboard Folk Instruments to Make & Play Dennis G. Waring 1895569788 New. Unused 6.04 €

 

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Cardboard Folk Instruments to Make & Play ( = Cool Cardboard Instruments to Make & Play) by Dennis G. Waring

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Originally published under the thitle 'Cool Cardboard Instruments to Make & Play'. With a few techniques, these fun-to-make and fun-to-play instruments from around the world produce remarkable sound quality. Strum a homemade Middle Eastern Lute, or Oud; Chinese Moon Guitar; North Indian Sitar, Shoebox Zither, or Angle Harp. Or, try Australian Didgeridoos, Percussion Tubes, and more. You’ll be surprised what wonderful things start with an ordinary piece of cardboard.

Hardcover: 80 pages.
Publisher: Sterling/Tamos
Language: English

 

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Cardboard Folk Instruments to Make & Play ( = Cool Cardboard Instruments to Make & Play) by Dennis G. Waring

Book description
Originally published under the thitle 'Cool Cardboard Instruments to Make & Play'. With a few techniques, these fun-to-make and fun-to-play instruments from around the world produce remarkable sound quality. Strum a homemade Middle Eastern Lute, or Oud; Chinese Moon Guitar; North Indian Sitar, Shoebox Zither, or Angle Harp. Or, try Australian Didgeridoos, Percussion Tubes, and more. You’ll be surprised what wonderful things start with an ordinary piece of cardboard.

Paperback: 80 pages.
Publisher: Sterling/Tamos
Language: English

 

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Complete instructions on making Renaissance double reeds by David Hogan Smith

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Unknown Binding: 42 pages.
Publisher: King's Trumpetts and Shalmes (1988)
Language: English

 

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Construyendo Instrumentos Musicales / Making Musical Instruments by Margaret McLean

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Hardcover: pages.
Publisher: Barcelona: Marcombo, D.L. 1984.
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Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments by Q. David Bowers

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Hardcover: pages.
Publisher: VESTAL PRESS; 3rd ptg edition (1973)
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Experimental Musical Instruments. Newsletter for the Design, Construction and Enjoyment of Unusual Sound Sources.(Brief Article) by Suzanne Eggleston

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This digital document is an article from Notes, published by Music Library Association, Inc. on December 1, 1993. The length of the article is 319 words. Citation Details: Title: Experimental Musical Instruments: Newsletter for the Design, Construction and Enjoyment of Unusual Sound Sources.(Brief Article) Author: Suzanne Eggleston Publication: Notes (Refereed) Date: December 1, 1993 Publisher: Music Library Association, Inc. Volume: v50 Issue: n2 Page: p664(1) Article Type: Periodical Review, Brief Article Distributed by Thomson Gale Excerpt: Although not "new" anymore, Experimental Musical Instruments is too good and too substantial a newsletter to let escape these pages. The articles range from the serious to the simply delightful and once again prove the value of humor as a force that carries drier material to a reader. Would I have read an entire article on circuit bending (manipulating by means of short circuits) electronic sounds from Texas Instruments' learning toys Speak and Read and its fellows, had author Q.R. Ghazala not begun with a description of Sir Richard Paget's experiments with the vocal tract from a human cadaver, which led him to develop a motor-carriage horn that shouted "Away! Away!" to objects in its path? Probably not…

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Funny Noises for the Connoisseur by Bart Hopkin, Ray Brunelle, Vincent Nicastro

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This book, with its accompanying audio CD, is about comical sounds and how to make them. On the CD you’ll hear squishy sounds and gloopy sounds, farting sounds and belching sounds, laughing sounds and crying sounds, moaning and keening sounds, munching and snarfling sounds, scraping and squeaking sounds, bestial indigestion sounds, crazy-bad musical instrument sounds, Martians conversing, muskrats chattering, and morticians giggling. There are also some sounds that are more exotic than comic and a few that are strangely lovely. For those who wish to try their own hand at funny-noise making, the book provides ideas and instructions. The procedures are simple, and the materials required are for the most part commonly available. The performance techniques, too, are pretty easy – no special skills required for the basics. If you choose to take it further, your funny-noise skills will improve with practice, and new possibilities will appear. Since this book emphasizes original ideas, sound-making tricks that are already widely known do not appear in the main text. There is an appendix at the back of the book, though, which lists many of these common-knowledge funny-noise techniques. The appendix also lists commercially available sound toys, odds and ends from the percussionist’s trick bag, and other store-bought sound-gadgetry. Electronic audio techniques aren’t included in the book because not everyone has access to the required equipment – and also because the natural, non-electronic approach is so much fun. About the Author Bart Hopkin, lead author and funny moise maker, is director of Experimental Musical Instruments, an organization devoted to interesting and unusual instruments of every imaginable sort. His previous publications include Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones (a book & CD devoted to intruments from some of the most inventive builders worldwide), Musical Instrument Design: (practical information for instrument making), and many more. Bart is joined in this project by Ray Brunelle and Vincent Nicastro, both experts in the field. Ray Brunelle is a sound effects specialist and an active contributor to commercial sound-effects libraries; he has also studied and written on the history of sound effects. Vince Nicastro is a Foley artist with an impressive list of major film credits behind him.

Paperback: 60 pages.
Publisher: Experimental Musical Instruments (June 2003)
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Getting a Bigger Sound. Pickups and Microphones for Your Musical Instrument by Bart Hopkin

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This resource for musicians details how to convert the sound of a musical instrument to an electrical signal for amplification. Information is applicable to a wide range of acoustical instruments so musicians can learn about adding a pickup or an onboard microphone to their instrument. Detailing the three main types of pickups-contact, magnetic, and air microphones-the advantages and disadvantages of each are discussed, along with the instruments for which each is best suited. Mounting options are described, and tips and tricks on how to get the most out of each type are included. Information on cables, preamps, impedance matching, amplifier inputs, and making components to wire microphones and pickups is given, along with comparisons of similar store-bought products. Also included are an appendix of suppliers and a bibliography. About the Author Bart Hopkin is the author of Musical Instrument Design, Making Simple Musical Instruments, and Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones and is a recognized leader in the field of experimental musical instrument-making. He lives in Nicasio, California.

Paperback: 112 pages.
Publisher: See Sharp Press; 2Rev Ed edition (October 1, 2003)
Language: English

 

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Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones. Experimental Musical Instruments by Bart Hopkin, Tom Waits (Foreword)

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Hardcover: 96 pages.
Publisher: Ellipsis Arts
Language: English

 

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Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones. Experimental Musical Instruments by Bart Hopkin, Tom Waits (Foreword)

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Publisher: Elipsis Arts
Language: English

 

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Great Folk Instruments to Make & Play by Dennis G. Waring

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How to Make Drums Tom Toms and Rattles. Primitive Percussion Instruments for Modern Use by Bernard Sterling Mason

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Making your own primitive instruments from simple materials such as coffee cans and flower pots. Includes 121 figures.

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How to Make Drums Tom Toms and Rattles. Primitive Percussion Instruments for Modern Use by Bernard Sterling Mason

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Making your own primitive instruments from simple materials such as coffee cans and flower pots. Includes 121 figures.

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Instrumentos de corda medievais. Investigación e reconstrucción. by Ramón Yzquierdo Perrin, John Wright, Francisco Luengo y Christian Rault. Coordina: Luciano Perez

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Compendio de varios artículos sobre la reconstrucción de los instrumentos de cuerda que aparecen en las esculturas del Pórtico de la Gloria y el Palacio de Gelmirez de Santiago de Compostela, realizado por un grupo de artesanos e investigadores de instrumentos tradicionales. Muy bien editado e ilustrado con excelentes fotografías de los instrumentos terminados y de las esculturas originales. En los artículos se abordan diferentes aspectos del proceso de reconstrucción y que pasos se dieron para realizarla, que decisiones se tomaron para suplir lo que la piedra no puede reflejar y el porqué.

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Instrumentos de corda medievais. Investigación e reconstrucción. by Ramón Yzquierdo Perrin, John Wright, Francisco Luengo y Christian Rault. Coordina: Luciano Perez

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Compendio de varios artículos sobre la reconstrucción de los instrumentos de cuerda que aparecen en las esculturas del Pórtico de la Gloria y el Palacio de Gelmirez de Santiago de Compostela, realizado por un grupo de artesanos e investigadores de instrumentos tradicionales. Muy bien editado e ilustrado con excelentes fotografías de los instrumentos terminados y de las esculturas originales. En los artículos se abordan diferentes aspectos del proceso de reconstrucción y que pasos se dieron para realizarla, que decisiones se tomaron para suplir lo que la piedra no puede reflejar y el porqué.

Rústica: 315 pages.
Publisher: Centro de Artesanía e Deseño de Galicia. Deputación Provincial de Lugo.
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Instrumentos de papel. Construcción y consejos para la ejecución, aplicación el aula by Pablo Bensaya

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Publisher: Buenos Aires: Ricordi, 1998.
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Leonardo da Vinci y la Música by Marta Pérez de Guzmán. Coedición con el Auditorio de Tenerife

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Introducción -La música en la época de Leonardo (Andrés Ruiz Tarazona) Área del conocimiento -Leonardo, Juan de Espina y los códices de Madrid (Alfredo Melgar) -Árbol de la sabiduría -Los ordenadores Instrumentos -Instrumentos menores -Instrumentos modernos -Instrumentos mayores . La lira de plata . El órgano de papel . La viola organista Mesas temáticas -Leonardo da Vinci y la música (Carlos Velilla) -La exposición Experimentos interactivos Proyecciones Cronología

Hardcover: 240 pages.
Publisher: Villamonte Editores / Madrid, 2003
Language: Castellano

 

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Magic Music from the Telharmonium by Bart Hopkin

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This digital document is an article from Notes, published by Music Library Association, Inc. on March 1, 1996. The length of the article is 648 words. Citation Details: Title: Magic Music from the Telharmonium. Author: Bart Hopkin Publication: Notes (Refereed) Date: March 1, 1996 Publisher: Music Library Association, Inc. Volume: v52 Issue: n3 Page: p821(2) Article Type: Book Review Distributed by Thomson Gale Excerpt: The Telharmonium, developed by the inventor Thaddeus Cahill starting around 1890, was one of the first electronic musical instruments. But it was more than that phrase would suggest. The Telharmonium was a hugely ambitious project. Several basement rooms in a large building were required to house its workings. In another room above were the complex keyboards by which the sounds were controlled, preferably to be played by two, three, or four musicians. The instrument was capable of multiple tone qualities; employing the principles of what we now know as sound synthesis - an exotic and highly theoretical idea at the time

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Making Early Stringed Instruments by R. Zachary Taylor

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This book contains complete measured drawings, diagrams, and construction details for eight instruments; a Psaltery, Rote or Lyre, Lute, Dulcimer, Mandolin, Medieval Fiddle, Gothic Harp, and Classic Guitar.

Paperback: 111 pages.
Publisher: Bold Strummer; Reprint edition (June 1991)
Language: English

 

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Making Gourd Musical Instruments. Over 60 String, Wind & Percussion Instruments & How to Play Them by Ginger Summit, Jim Widess

Book description
The authors introduce readers to make-it-yourself musical instruments. There is an amazing wealth of information here, covering not only how-to's and history but also extending into the social sciences and even science. We learn that pigeon flutes (crafted gourds attached to the birds' tails) were first mentioned about A.D. 1041 A.D. and that drummers are highly respected in India. Actual instructions on gourd transformations into spike fiddles, water drums, and even xylophones are included, along with a few photographs. But all the erudition tends to drown out the craft aspect, since instructions are sandwiched within the narrative text, and photographs are less than optimal. Nonetheless, a book that patient crafters will appreciate. Barbara Jacobs Historically, ethnic groups in many countries have used a great number of musical instruments made from gourds. In North America these instruments are used mainly by percussionists. Most of the step-by-step projects in this book by gourd artists Summit and Widess (The Complete Book of Gourd Craft) are for percussion or stringed instruments such as the Latin American guiro (gourd scraper) or the spike fiddle. There are also a few from the wind family, such as the fipple flute. These are legitimate musical instruments made from traditional materials, and they are fully playable as well as being beautifully crafted. Highly recommended for general crafts as well as ethnomusicology collections.

Hardcover: 144 pages.
Publisher: Sterling
Language: English

 

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Making Gourd Musical Instruments. Over 60 String, Wind & Percussion Instruments & How to Play Them by Ginger Summit, Jim Widess

Book description
The authors introduce readers to make-it-yourself musical instruments. There is an amazing wealth of information here, covering not only how-to's and history but also extending into the social sciences and even science. We learn that pigeon flutes (crafted gourds attached to the birds' tails) were first mentioned about A.D. 1041 A.D. and that drummers are highly respected in India. Actual instructions on gourd transformations into spike fiddles, water drums, and even xylophones are included, along with a few photographs. But all the erudition tends to drown out the craft aspect, since instructions are sandwiched within the narrative text, and photographs are less than optimal. Nonetheless, a book that patient crafters will appreciate. Barbara Jacobs Historically, ethnic groups in many countries have used a great number of musical instruments made from gourds. In North America these instruments are used mainly by percussionists. Most of the step-by-step projects in this book by gourd artists Summit and Widess (The Complete Book of Gourd Craft) are for percussion or stringed instruments such as the Latin American guiro (gourd scraper) or the spike fiddle. There are also a few from the wind family, such as the fipple flute. These are legitimate musical instruments made from traditional materials, and they are fully playable as well as being beautifully crafted. Highly recommended for general crafts as well as ethnomusicology collections.

Paperback: 144 pages.
Publisher: Sterling
Language: English

 

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Making musical apparatus and instruments. For use in nursery and infant schools by Kathleen Mary Blocksidge

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Unknown Binding: 24 pages.
Publisher: Nursery School Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1967)
Language: English

 

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Making Musical Instruments by Louise Sloane

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Hardcover: 159 pages.
Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1st ed edition
Language: English

 

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Making Musical Instruments by Hand by Jay Havighurst (Illustrator)

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A step-by-step guide to designing and making musical instruments with a showcase of instruments by artists from around the world. This unique guide provides details on every step of the project. Percussion, wind, and string instruments, all are here - each illustrated with clear, instructional photographs. Alternative techniques use simple tools to offer inexpensive ways to make instruments. Tips on choosing materials, tool selection, cutting and finishing techniques, measuring, joining, and more. Includes special hints for tuning and playing the instruments you have made. About the Author Jay Havighurst has explored building musical instruments since graduating from the Studio for Interrelated Media and Sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art in 1980. A resident of the North Shore of Massachusetts, he designed interactive, kinetic sound art, including large-scale sculptures that combine abstract visual elements with themes of rhythm and cycles inspired by nature. His work has been exhibited in the New Directions in Sound Environments show at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and at numerous galleries and festivals. Havighurst composes music that is layered and multi-timbral, and has accompanied several modern dance and performance pieces. With an unusual collection of instruments from around the world, he has a passion to share their sounds in group music-making, drumming, and celebrations, making music participatory and open to everyone.

Paperback: 107 pages.
Publisher: Rockport Publishers
Language: English

 

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Making musical instruments. Strings and keyboard by Charles Ford, Anthony Baines

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Publisher: Pantheon Books. (Ford, Charles, ed.)
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Making musical instruments. Strings and keyboard by Charles Ford, Anthony Baines

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Paperback: 191 pages.
Publisher: Pantheon
Language: English

 

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Making Simple Musical Instruments by Dennis G. Waring

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This digital document is an article from Notes, published by Music Library Association, Inc. on June 1, 1996. The length of the article is 768 words. Citation Details: Title: Making Simple Musical Instruments. Author: Dennis G. Waring Publication: Notes (Refereed) Date: June 1, 1996 Publisher: Music Library Association, Inc. Volume: v52 Issue: n4 Page: p1191(2) Article Type: Book Review Distributed by Thomson Gale Excerpt: Bart Hopkin's Making Simple Musical Instruments is one of a small but appreciable genre of "do-it-yourself" books for the technically curious who grew up during the alternative-happy 1960s and 1970s, and it is one of the best. Earlier books in this lineage span the gamut from tin-can rattles and bleach-bottle banjos (still one of my favorites) to regimental drums and classical guitars. Many were homegrown editions that saw one printing; others featured projects that were either too simple, too complex, or simply would not work based on the information provided

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Making Simple Musical Instruments. A Melodious Collection of Strings, Winds, Drums & More by Bart Hopkin

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Paperback: 144 pages.
Publisher: Lark Books; New Ed edition (February 1999)
Language: English

 

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Making Wood Folk Instruments by Dennis G. Waring

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Paperback: 160 pages.
Publisher: Music Sales Corp; Rev Ed edition (June 1991)
Language: English

 

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Musical Instrument Design. Practical Information for Instrument Making by Bart Hopkin, John Scoville (Introduction)

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Deals with the principles of acoustics and their relationship to instrument design in depth.

Paperback: 181 pages.
Publisher: See Sharp Press
Language: English

 

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Musical instruments made to be played by Ronald Roberts

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Unknown Binding: 84 pages.
Publisher: Dryad Press; 5th ed edition
Language: English

 

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Orbitones, Spoonharps and Bellowphones by Bart Hopkin

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Publisher: Relaxation Company; Book & CD edition (June 1998)
Language: English

 

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Piano-Beds and Music by Steam. An Index with Abstracts to Music-Related United States Patent Records, 1790-1874 by Bart Hopkin

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This digital document is an article from Notes, published by Music Library Association, Inc. on March 1, 1995. The length of the article is 865 words. Citation Details: Title: Piano-Beds and Music by Steam: An Index with Abstracts to Music-Related United States Patent Records, 1790-1874. Author: Bart Hopkin Publication: Notes (Refereed) Date: March 1, 1995 Publisher: Music Library Association, Inc. Volume: v51 Issue: n3 Page: p936(2) Article Type: Book Review Distributed by Thomson Gale Excerpt: The United States Patent Office and the patent libraries scattered across the country comprise an unmatched repository of technological information. Some of it is monumentally important, and some amusingly trivial. The several million United States patents granted over the last two centuries represent a unique record not only of technological innovation, but also of a particular kind of human fantasy, hope, and ambition. In Piano-Beds & Music by Steam, Jean Bonin lists all United States patents relating to music issued between the creation of the United States patent system in 1790 and the publication of the patent office's first subject matter index in 1874. In that time 156,000 patents were granted. Bonin finds among them a total of 1…

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The Autoharp Owner's Manual by Mary Lou Orthey

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Spiral-bound: 148 pages.
Publisher: Mel Bay Publicaitons, Inc. (January 12, 2001)
Language: English

 

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The Making of Musical Instruments (Essay index reprint series) by Thomas Campbell Young

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Hardcover: 190 pages.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Wind Chimes. Design and Construction by Bart Hopkin

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This book, with its included audio CD, provides complete how-to information on the making of this loveliest of musical instruments, wind chimes. Included are chimes of metal, bamboo, ceramic and shell, in a variety of forms including tubes, rods, bars, bells and gongs. Familiar wind chime designs as well as exotic and innovative ones appear. All of the essentials for getting good sounds from different sounding forms are here, as well as ideas on suspension, the basics of tuning,and suggestions for materials and resources. The accompanying CD, with dozens of different types of wind chimes represented, allows you to hear and compare the various types, and it s a pleasure to listen to in itself. The chapters include: 1) Introduction. 2) The Example Chime: a detailed description of the construction procedure for a typical and representative (and beautiful-sounding) wind chime. 3) Useful Information: a mini-encyclopedia of practical information on chime design construction. 4) Chime Tunings: how to tune, and a wealth of ideas for tunings. 5) Descriptions: photos and construction information for a diverse array of wind-chimes of all types.

Paperback: 68 pages.
Publisher: Experimental Musical Instruments (November 16, 2005)
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Woodwind for schools by Peter Tomlin

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Peter Tomlin gives a remarkably complete introduction to woodwind instrument making using very basic tools. After some introductory material he walks the student through making a Transverse Flute, a Clarinet, an Oboe and a Bassoon. New operations are described as they are needed and there are many clear dimensioned drawings. The text is terse and the reader is expected to think things through, but there are few gaps. An excellent little book (70 pages) and almost completely unknown outside the U.K. Someone should reprint it.

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Publisher: Dryad Press (1973)
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