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Xylophone Machine Answered

Just had this idea, and in a flurry of building, I have a prototype. It's a knex machine that plays the xylophone. Right now, it can only play five notes eight times. I am hoping to increase this. In the photo, the machine is rigged to play the opening of the Imperial March :D

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cool knex13 (author)2011-02-11

wow dose it work?

If yes then that is great!



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Applejacks (author)2009-04-20

That is damn sexy. And i'm a percussionist. But I'm not about to bring my (dusty) knex to band.

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-10-27

This is the type of thing that redeems the knexers.

Some of them, anyway.

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Lithium Rain (author)The Jamalam2009-04-11

Yep. I like to see the knex projects that aren't Yet Another Gun.

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Chicken2209 (author)Lithium Rain2008-10-27

- Seconded Finally there's a good use for knex

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dsman195276 (author)Chicken22092008-10-29

what makes this better?(no offence to the machine or anything)

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Chicken2209 (author)dsman1952762008-10-30

its actually built to do a task not like firing a gun there have been inventors to make several, robot-like machines that could make drawings with a a very similar process

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Lithium Rain (author)jollex2008-10-29
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Aar000n3y (author)2008-12-20

Woah, I was listening to The Imperial March right as I read this O_o

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Flumpkins (author)2008-12-20
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jollex (author)2008-10-27

This is awesome! You should make a video so we can hear it play.

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Kiteman (author)jollex2008-10-27

Agreed - an ible with an associated video is a must.

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Vynash (author)Kiteman2008-10-28

it almost seems like you're clinging to knex :)

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Vynash (author)jollex2008-10-29

take the tree man!!! / \ /~ ~\ / > \ / -- \ III

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jollex (author)Vynash2008-10-29

Take Ax man.


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jollex (author)Vynash2008-10-30

Wait I'll try again. ____________ |......O.....O..........| |.....\_____/........| |....__________| |...| |...| |...| |...| |...| |...| |...| |...| |_|

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Vynash (author)jollex2008-10-30

/ \ /~ ~\ / > \ / -- \ III ahhh hes coming to kill me ahhhhhhh

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jollex (author)jollex2008-10-29

Well that got totally messed up.

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I_am_Canadian (author)2008-10-27

You have just given me a great idea my friend...

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i tried that. it's not that easy. unlike a xylophone piano keys have wight that needs to be overcome for it to work right. and because of that the note playing hands need to be hooked right into the gear mech(just dropping the note players like on this won't give it enough power to play the note). this limits your note playing capability/how many notes you can play. mine failed. i bet you could find out a better way to make it work though :-)

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Yeah. I have A idea that would be pheaseable (I think). It may require all the notes to be sustained though.

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jollex (author)I_am_Canadian2008-10-30

You could just use something like this but have the big wheel go the other way.

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Der Bradly (author)I_am_Canadian2008-10-29

Darn it... (i was thinking that)

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Bartboy (author)2008-10-29

I thought of using wine bottles, but this is better.

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Der Bradly (author)2008-10-27

This is amazing!!! you have to post!

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knexfan9182 (author)2008-10-27

W0\/\/! I like it pretty cool idea and you don't have to do a string reset or any thing just turn on a motor and it plays.

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Noooooooooooo!! Beaten again! But I must say it is probably a fair bit more reliable than my winding balls of string!! :) Good job!

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