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Old 07-07-2007, 08:24 PM
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I had made one of these before but a four-sided framed model and gave it to my sister , so that I'm back into drumming decided to make myself one.
I started with an eight foot bar of 3/8" aluminum and cut it into one foot pieces. Then I cut the 8 pieces into 2 pieces each, the first piece being 7 3/8" and 4 5/8 inches. I then made the next piece 1/8 longer and 1/8 shorter as I went. This was done by a hand saw. Then using a Dremel tool I smoothed down the cut ends. Then again with the Dremel I used a homemade jig to drill a hole in the end of each, and then used it to use a deburring tool to smooth the hole so it doesn't cut the string used to hook them to the frame.
My next step is cutting and drilling a piece of oak to hang them on. Then to polish the chimes. I will post more photos when I'm finished.
I used another three foot piece to make six more chimes for a total of 22 chimes.

The last photo is a temporary stringing of the chimes. Still need to finish the Oak also.
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Old 07-08-2007, 02:20 AM
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That looks real nice.

My wife keeps telling me I need some chimes (I agree), so maybe I can give this project a try. A friend of mine makes a lot of instruments, including a vibraphone from metal tubing. He actually figured out how long each one needed to be so that each would have a true pitch on the twelve tone scale.
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Old 07-08-2007, 03:02 AM
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I used to make wind chimes from 1 inch diam aluminum tubing. I put 8 to a chime and tuned them all in an octave. This aluminum rod was hard to cut by hand, so they won't be tuned but they will make a great ascending/descending sound.
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Old 07-08-2007, 07:20 PM
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Nice work GRUNTERSDAD.

Im inspired to try that myself......
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:14 PM
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ya it worked out pretty well, im going to start making octobans soon, and maybe ill give this a shot as well
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:17 PM
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Fijjbi and Iron...thanks for looking. I will post a sound byte when I get them finished, About 6 hours of work total, so not a bad Saturday. I'm still looking for the perfect string, etc. to tie them up. They aren't perfect but do sound well.
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:16 PM
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Here is the finished project with one photo and a sound byte. Enjoy.

Edit. not sure about the static..must be a mike, and forgive the toothpicks holding the ties tight. Forgot to take them out. Duh.
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Wow! They sound great. Now I gotz to make some. Are they mounted on the hats, and if so how?
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:42 AM
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They are mounted on a cymbal stand with a splash, using a double hinged cymbal stacker.

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Wow, good job :) How do you keep the ends from rusting? The last time I cut down anything metal on my set (hi-hat rod, cowbell holder etc..) it rusted at the ends after a few months.
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:01 AM
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Solid Aluminum....no rust. And thanks.
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:56 AM
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Wow, I'm seriously impressed. The only drummer I have seen with chimes is Carter Beauford. They sound impressively crisp and clear. Also, I noticed that you cut them by hand. Is that what you would recommend or do you recommend a power saw of some sort? Wow, I'm very impressed.
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I would recommend a saw that was a little more stable than a hand saw. The aluminum is soft and any wavering will cause imperfect cuts. Same with drill the holes in the rods. You need a drill bit or chuck with absolutely no wobble since it will make the hole maybe a bit larger than you want. If I were to try and sell these I would have to "pro" up my skills a bit. But since they wont see the outside of my house, they work just great. In fact the further away you get the better they look. They do sound decent I think, and the cheapest I found on line with any type of decent sound cost about 80 dollars and up, so for about 20 bucks I did OK. Thanks for asking and viewing.
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:06 AM
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Cool! Thanks for the info. Great job man.
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Old 07-10-2007, 02:46 AM
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Thanks Guy...I appreciate it.
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cool friggen idea man!
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