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verywellmister
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« on: February 10, 2006, 12:56:47 AM »

Hey.

do u guys know how 2 make a homemade keyboard-type instrument? (piano, organ, harpsichord, etc).

I would like a design to build that does not require expensive materials and the intonation does not have to be perfect.

I would like to keep one around for an upcoming school project.

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2006, 02:51:25 AM »

 Sorry, unless you have the $$, there is no way to make any of which you ask.
 Harpsichords are available from a few manufacturers in kit form, but they cost in the $3,000+ range.  Are you willing to pay a foundry a lot of $$$ to cast you a single plate to your specs, let alone to have an action built for you.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2006, 08:45:08 PM »

Hey.

do u guys know how 2 make a homemade keyboard-type instrument? (piano, organ, harpsichord, etc).

I would like a design to build that does not require expensive materials and the intonation does not have to be perfect.

I would like to keep one around for an upcoming school project.

Thanks.

Why not to make a marimba? Well, it isn't too expensive. And it does have at least some kind of keyboard. You can even find the instructions from here: http://web.archive.org/web/20040621071855/www.bernett.biz/Marimba/Marimba.pdf

The article was originally published in September 1956.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2006, 11:42:32 PM »

I was not looking for a kit.

marimba is an interesting idea...
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