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An Open Controller For Woodwind Instruments

From Hackaday.com:

Engineers, hackers, and makers can most certainly build a musical gadget of some kind. They’ll build synths, they’ll build aerophones, and they’ll take the idea of mercury delay line memory, two hydrophones, and a really long tube filled with water to build the most absurd delay in existence. One thing they can’t seem to do is build a woodwind MIDI controller. That’s where [J.M.] comes in. He’s created the Open Woodwind Project as an open and extensible interface that can play sax and clarinet while connected to a computer.

One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Believe it grew out of this project. Can’t wait to see what is created with this.

Amati Bass Clarinet

Getting an all wood, Low C bass clarinet has been on my list for a while. A long while. But when is a normal musician going to be able to afford the $8K or more that one is going to cost?

Last month I scored a sweet answer to this question. It came from eBay. It is an Amati Bass Clarinet. Made in the Czech Republic, quite honestly I was taking a huge risk plunking out $2500 for this. But since a cheap plastic clarinet was in that price range, I figured it should play as well as those right? Plus The Woodwind and the Brasswind sell it for over $6,000.

Done. Bought. Shipped. Came in a Selmer Bass Clarinet case. Put it together, slapped my Bass Clarinet mouthpiece on it (Vandoren B44 I think)…….and…….WOW. The thing played great. Really great. Much like a Buffet Bass I was able to borrow for a show last year.

So…..if you are in the market for a bass, keep an eye out for one of these. They play great!

   
    
   

3D Printed Instruments

From Mic.com:

It doesn’t look like anything at first. But as the arm of the printer slides back and forth, a violin slowly takes shape. It has all the elegance of that delicate instrument but has a thoroughly modern look. The violin is electric. It is perfectly clear. And its body was created entirely inside of a 3-D printer.

Last summer, I 3D printed a mouthpiece on my school’s 3D printer. It plays HORRIBLE.