Here are two quick demos of a new kalimba prototype I made today. Typically I use grounding bars to mount the tines but they can be a bit expensive ($6 a piece). A friend of mine 3-D printed this new mount for me so I decided to give it a whirl. The first video is of me playing it acoustically and the second video is of me playing it with a clip-on mic and through the boss teraecho effect. So far it works pretty well and I may ask her to print me a bunch more
Here's the latest creation from the lab called the springbulum which roughly falls into the category of home made instruments known as noise boxes. Me and my co builder friend, Fred spent the last few days building this instrument. It is composed of 5 different sized springs suspended by hooks on both sides of the frame. There is a hollow cavity in the center that allows the sound to resonate through a walnut soundboard on the bottom. On the front there is a tone block made of mahogany, a hand carved ebony guiro, and a jingle from a tambourine. The mallets are hand made using hollow acrylic tubes to carry the sound through the sticks and eye screws are used as the strikers on the tip of each mallet. The next step is to install pickups.
Recently I’ve had a number of people ask me about how they can acquire one of my Springzinger Sound Boxes so I decided it’s time to work towards opening an online shop. Over the next few weeks I’ll be building a collection of new instruments (about five basic spring boxes and about five specialty ones) that will soon be available to purchase. It’ll mostly be small runs to start but if the interest is there I’ll consider expanding the operation into something bigger. I guess we’ll just see how it goes:). In the meantime, here’s a peek at one of the specialty boxes that is mounted with five springs, tines from a toy piano, a comb and a music box comb. I’ll add the pickup tomorrow and post a demo vid shortly thereafter. Stay tuned