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    Default My go at the Tongue Drum

    Hi to all,
    Well I was inspired by brdad with his tongue drum and picked up the plans from Steve Roberts and went for it.
    I had a sq’ of 8/4 African Padauk for the end grain cuts, and some Queensland Walnut for the ends, the sides with the (African Big5 Game) carvings are in some Oregon Maple and I had to pick up a 5/4 piece of African Padauk for the top, Wipe on a coat of tongue oil. Still have some work to do with it but it is pretty close to being done.
    I have to say this was a very relaxing and rewarding project, Thanks brdad.
    Cheers ~ Ray
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    Ray not only is your project beautiful, but the choice of wood, which sets this project apart from anything else, makes it so outstanding.
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    Default Spectacular!

    You are welcome, though I provided nothing but the idea!
    That looks great, the carving adds a nice touch. That is a great piece of maple.

    Seems like most every day someone walks by and plays mine for a few minutes. As I said before I am not remotely musical, but it's still fun to play it.

    If you have not yet tuned it and would like to know the software I used I can look it up in the morning.

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    Thumbs up

    Ray

    Awesome looking project.

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    Thanks Eddie and brdad. It was a fun project working with natures beauty really is a joy for me.
    If it is not too much trouble I would love to know the program you used to tune it.
    Good day ~ Ray
    Thanks Dan
    Cheers!
    Last edited by RayTrek; 01-24-2010 at 09:13 PM.

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    Thumbs up Tongue Drum

    Beautifully Done Ray,

    It looks Absolutely Gorgeous!
    Ken


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    Thats awesome! If you get some free time, i'd love to hear a sound bite of it.

    Thanks,

    Doug Fletcher

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    Ray,

    Great job. Nice selection of wood!!
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    Default tongue drum Ray T

    Ray really nice job,,..now im ginna haave to make 1 of those drums an hope it comes out half as good,,..p.s.i followed your lead an made a couple lite switch covers
    thanks for the inspiration
    denny

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    Default Tuning program

    This is the program I used to tune the drum: Enable Guitar Tuner. It is shareware but you have 60 days to try it. You do not really need to mess with the buttons, just hook up a microphone and tune until it gets to the right frequencies. There are many others out there, but for me I needed something which showed the frequency - A, C, D, G ... mean nothing to me.

    These are the frequencies I used to obtain the A pentatonic scale described in the plans. The numbers refer to the numbers Roberts assigned to the keys:

    1 - A - 110.0 Hz
    2 - C - 261.6 Hz
    3 - D - 146.8 Hz
    4 - E - 164.8 Hz
    5 - G - 196.0 Hz
    6 - A - 220 Hz
    7 - C - 261.6 Hz
    8 - D - 293.6 Hz
    9 - E - 329.6 Hz
    10 - G - 392.0 Hz
    11 - A - 440.0 Hz
    12 - C - 523.2 Hz

    You can double check those at here or at other sites that list frequencies of music notes.

    Be careful tuning to get the correct tongue and not take too much off. Several of mine I had to chisel more than 1/4" off. But one took only about 1/16"! On some of the tongues (especially the shorter ones), a little shave made a big difference.
    Last edited by brdad; 01-25-2010 at 05:41 AM.

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