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What nerdy kid born after 1940 was not influenced by Dr. Seuss? Who here did not want to grow up to be a character in one of his books, or have a Brown Barb-a-loot as a pet?

Well, now you can live your dream with your very own Seuss-a-phone.

My apologies to the estate of the late Theodore Geisel. But since I am not making any money on this, and maybe this Instructable will sell a few of his books, I hope you will forgive me for using the name...
 
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Step 1: Gather your materials

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This is the easiest Instructable you will ever do. I purchased my materials for less than $50, but you can find them for free or almost free at garage sales and junkyards.

1. One trumpet mouthpiece. I selected the Belmonte 7c $19.99, as it is the most inexpensive around. If you want to add some color, Kelly Mouthpieces makes Lexan transparent mouthpieces in many colors and they are less than $20 on-line.
http://www.music123.com/Kelly-Mouthpieces-Trumpet-7C-Mouthpiece-i121232.music

Also available on eBay and at garage sales.

2. 10' of copper coolant tubing 1/2 inch OD (outside diameter) $19.99. This will fit the trumpet mouthpiece perfectly. Available at any hardware store.

3. One Plews LubriMatic Utility Funnel $4.95. A galvanized metal funnel for oil and hydraulic fluid. The metal carries the harmonic resonance better than polypropylene, has a gooseneck for visual effect, and, coincidentally, fits over the copper tubing perfectly. I bought this at Home Depot in the hardware department.

Step 2: Mouthpiece

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Unless you want to slice your lips to ribbons, you will need a trumpet mouthpiece. Stick it into one end of the tubing.

Step 3: The Bell

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The big funnel shape at the end of the trumpet is called the bell. You can play it without a bell, but the sound will not be very impressive. Try it now if you'd like. The bell expands the sound.

Add a bell by sticking the Plews LubriMatic Utility Funnel on the opposite end of the tubing as the mouthpiece.
kelcylane2 years ago
It would be cool if when you played the Suess-a-phone bubbles came out of it. It would be even more fun! :D

But...the bubble solution would get all messy and stuff...
clydicus7 years ago
This instructable should have been written in rhyming verse. Duh.
whiteoakart (author)  clydicus7 years ago
True... But I have a full time job that takes precedence. Why didn't you write your comment in rhyming verse? ;)
but a rhyming comment my friend would take more time than he can lend and he was a bit like a hypocrite in his comment, what's up with it? wow this is quite weird and it took so long I now have a beard.
I'm so bored.
0_o
bravo
you should make one with an actual sousa mouthpiece but then again they are really freaking expensive i lost one that the sschool let me use and my mom had to paaay for it(it was like $60)
thats pretty cheap, My trumpet mouth peice cost theat much.
me too. curry precision =P
whiteoakart (author)  MadScience#16 years ago
Well, I am way to cheap for that. In fact, I am trying to figure out how to make a usable mouthpiece out of PVC.
I was about to say the same thing. They also make plastic ones though. They're probably cheaper. Idk how much they cost, but they can't be nearly as expensive as the metal ones.
OMG MY SCHOOL IS DOING SEUSSICAL FOR OUR MUSICAL!!! I should make one.
whiteoakart (author)  CrafterCassie6 years ago
You should make one. It is easy and inexpensive. You might even be able to borrow a mouthpiece from the school's band instructor, if you're nice. I bet if you look through some Dr. Seuss books, you could find lots more inspiration for simple instruments. I think I might do that.
Question: Are trombone mouthpieces the same size as for a trumpet?
whiteoakart (author)  KnittingFreak7 years ago
I believe they are slightly larger. However, the copper tubing comes in slightly larger diameters up to 3/4 inch, so you could probably find a tube that fits the mouthpiece.
They are quite a bit larger. The bigger the brass instrument, the bigger the mouth peice, which is why it's easier to make a sound on a tuba then a trumpet.
I resent that, but the bigger the mouthpiece/instrument the more air...
whiteoakart (author)  a7xforlife6 years ago
thanks, a7xforlife
No. All my trombone playing friends curse when they try out my trumpet, because it's harder to buzz into than the trombone mouthpieces they're used to.
Obsessive6 years ago
This is the greatest! The best of them all! All instructables rock, no matter how small. (Which in your case, its just plane great. Nice work)
whiteoakart (author)  Obsessive6 years ago
lol... Thanks, Obsessive walnut!
rthunder7 years ago
Now how to make it have a wider range of notes? Valves seem a little complex, but perhaps a further instructable will offer insight into easy DIY valves. But at the least, simple holes one can work with fingers (like a flute) would be swell. On a 10 foot tube, what would be the spacing? And values that cover the holes like on a clarinet would be much easier.
Maybe you could make a simple slide (like on a trombone) by layering two slightly different sizes of tubes.
whiteoakart (author)  threecheersfornick7 years ago
I was considering this, as well. I thought it might be cool to mount a yard stick to the extending part, so you can sight the notes.
whiteoakart (author)  rthunder7 years ago
I have been working out the details for a simple DIY valve system. Soldering copper is easy for the auxiliary loops. I have also been considering finger holes like a recorder, but they would probably need to be spaced pretty far apart. However, if the coils are shaped right, the holes might just wind up in the vicinity of each other.
epilectrik7 years ago
You were just trying to sneak in instructions to make a beer bong, admit it.
whiteoakart (author)  epilectrik7 years ago
Actually, a moonshine still/ beer bong combination.
crankyjew7 years ago
the buzz is kinda like blowing a raspberry, only without any tongue, all lips. theres probably a video on youtube that teaches you how to buzz too...