PVC Recorder





Introduction: PVC Recorder

Always wanted to make your own recorder? me too. check out this tasty musical instrument.
steps 1-7 = photo instructable
step 8 = video instructable

Step 1: Parts Layout

+The PVC Recorder uses 3/4" diameter, 1/16" wall PVC. Pipe length is variable. A foot length is a good place to start.

+ about an inch of 7/8" or 15/16" dowel rod.

+ a saw, a drill, a file, tinsnips.

Step 2: Piece 1, Pvc Jaws

cut a small length of pvc, about 1" long. Then use the snips and cut once along the length of pipe.

Step 3: Piece 2, Wood Stopper

cut a pice of dowel rod the same length as the pvc-jaws (piece 1)

Step 4: Piece 3, Pipe

with the longer piece of pvc, snip out a ~ .25" x 1.25" rectangle out of and end of the pipe. The length of the cut should be the length of the wood stopper + ~.25".

flatten out any hanging edges with a file.

Step 5: Assemble the Three Pieces. Debugging Tips.

put the woodstopper inside the end of the long pvc tube, on the side with the gap.

put the pvc-jaws over the end of the pvc with the woodstopper. Push the woodstopper and pvc-jaws around so that a proper gap is in place.

Blow into the recorder. It should sound like a recorder.

The recorder might not work on the first toot. If so, mess with the placement of the wood-stopper and pvc jaw on the long pipe - The air hole size is crucial for a working wind instrument. tinker and test!

Also, use a file to smooth (don't "round") the edges of the wood stopper and pvc. Smoother surfaces make for better air flow over the surfaces.

If the woodstopper is moving around too much inside the pvc tube, stick some duct tape on the stopper to widen the stopper.

in my experience, tinkering just to get sound shouldn't take more than a few minutes.

Step 6: Add Holes

drill some holes in the long pvc pipe to add notes to the pvc recorder. You can do alot of reading and measuring and get western notes, or you can drill haphazardly and get cool stuff.

Step 7: Play It!

Step 8: VIDEO HowTo



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    what is an inch of 7/8 never heard of it?

    I am on my school's Science Olympiad team and I attempted to make this for the sounds of music event. I am having trouble getting a sound out of it though. Otherwise, your instructions were very helpful.

    I'm wondering if it would be possible to make a much larger version of this and create a very low bass sound. I imagine that the holes would probably not be easily worked out without a fair amount of trial & error. Perhaps a "slide whistle" type of approach to vary the length will work better.

    See the instructable I just posted.

    THANK YOU!!! That is really cool. I'm also very interested in the pipe organ you made. Thanks for thinking of me and posting this reply.

    what an interesting webpage can i view this from unn.edu.ng

    I am a music appreciation teacher, and I brought this project to my classroom. It was awesome!! It cost under $20 for 45 students to do the project. We employed physics to understand how wind through a column creates sound, and used mathematical calculations to figure out where to drill the holes to get certain pitches. Thanks so much for an easy, "fool-proof" project that helped my students understand how science and math affect music! They loved it! Thanks!