Whistle Harp Instrument

Introduction: Whistle Harp Instrument

About: I like to 3D model and video edit. I also like making instructables. My favorite design website is Tinkercad, my username is Josiah Miller. I am a founder of Team Edhellen Sintano. It is grey elven Sindarin f…

This designs purpose is to make an instrument that sounds both like a recorder/flute and also a harp at the same time. I hope you like this design. It is a 3D printable instrument, but can also be made from wood, ( or metal, I haven't actually tried to do this yet,). If you make this design out of wood or metal, first look up the thickness of the pipe, and the distance between the holes. (This varies depending on wood type and what scale you want the instrument to play, so I did not include it here) I hope you enjoy making it and I would love to see pictures of this design that someone else has made besides me.

P.S. If you want the stl. files for printing, than look me up on Tinkercad, or put a post saying that you want them.

-Josiah Miller

Supplies

If you plan on 3D printing this instrument, which is what it is for, you will need...

3D printer

instrument strings

PLA or other filament.

If you plan of making this design out of wood, which is possible, you will need...

Three dowel rods

instrument strings

instrument keys

along with assorted tools. This Instructable will only give limited information on how to make this out of wood, but still have fun!

Step 1: Step 1; Print the Base

This is pretty self explanatory. Just print the base for the whistle harp off of my stl. file.

Step 2: Step 2; Clear the Air Hole

Depending on what type of printer you have you may have to clear any extra drips from the air hole and the tube. With that said, most printers manufactured this year (2019) or last year (2018) should not drip, but check just in case.

Step 3: Step 3; Print the Keys

Download the stl. file and print the keys. Make sure there is a little hole at the end to put the string through.

Step 4: Finish

Screw all the keys into the main body and attach the strings. Tune the harp by turning the key. In order to get the right notes you can either buy a tuner from a music store, ( ranges from $10 - $200) or you can go the cheap route and just download a tuner onto you computer. (There are also internet based ones as well.)

Step 5: Final Note

Play your instrument and enjoy it. It also will make a good Christmas or birthday present. I hope you liked this design, Thank you for reading my instrucable.

- Josiah Miller

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    18 Comments

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    MrsRLake
    MrsRLake

    27 days ago on Introduction

    This is amazing! Could I get the stl files for this, please? My daughter and I will be attending the world premier of the Wingfeather animated series and she wants to dress as Leeli. A whistleharp will be a necessity!

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    Josiah Miller
    Josiah Miller

    Reply 16 days ago

    or I suppose you could print it as one piece and that would keep you from having to glue anything.

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    Josiah Miller
    Josiah Miller

    Reply 16 days ago

    also, with the right strings, you can indeed play a tune. The "whistle" part itself works just fine... very much like a recorder, although it is a bit out of key... the "harp" part will work, but does not stay in tune very well, or for very long. if all you need is for it to be a prop, i might suggest gluing the keys to the frame. hope this is helpful!

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    Josiah Miller
    Josiah Miller

    Reply 16 days ago

    This is the link to obtain the stl files. I will warn you that when I created this project, I had very very little 3d printing experience. However, I do know that this project is indeed printable, although the wings at the base may not print to their full proportions. I will make the project copyable in Tinkercad itself, so that you may take apart the pieces. I am so sorry for the late reply, I am not often very active here anymore. I do hope she enjoys the premier!!!! so exciting! :)

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    chaosthom
    chaosthom

    2 years ago

    Very nice! This looks like fun. But I don't see where the stl files are.

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    dereques
    dereques

    Reply 11 months ago

    and... never mind. Found them. :)

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    dereques
    dereques

    11 months ago on Introduction

    Hey Josiah, I downloaded the STL but I don't see the other pieces, just the whole thing all put together. Could you let me know where to get the other parts?

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    Dliiper
    Dliiper

    Question 2 years ago on Step 5

    Is there a sound example available?

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    Josiah Miller
    Josiah Miller

    Reply 2 years ago

    No, not currently, but I may be able to post one, in a few days, sorry.

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    CalebN16
    CalebN16

    2 years ago

    Have you read the Wingfeather Saga? This is one of the instruments that one of the main characters uses. My sister and I have been looking for how to make one but couldn't find it anywhere.Thank you!

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    Josiah Miller
    Josiah Miller

    Reply 2 years ago

    Yes, I have read the Wingfeather Saga, it is one of my favorites. I am glad you like this representation of a whistle harp.

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    Josiah Miller
    Josiah Miller

    Reply 2 years ago

    I made mine brown, but you can also paint it silver like Madia's or Leli's.

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    audreyobscura
    audreyobscura

    2 years ago

    interesting concept.

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    Josiah Miller
    Josiah Miller

    Reply 2 years ago

    I'll take that as a complement.