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11 note box resonated xylophone
Project 1 - Box Resonated Xylophone

Yes, even YOU can make your own xylophones exactly like this one, with these step by step instructions.

Who else wants to save cash by building their own simple Xylophones and Marimbas?


On this page you will find:
  • Step by step instructions for making this exact instrument
  • Detailed instructions on how to tune the xylophone notes, using nothing more than a sanding disc and an electric drill.
  • How you can use inexpensive & readily available materials to get the exact same results as expensive commercially made instruments

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Dear Colleague,

If you’ve ever gone shopping in a music store for a simple xylophone or marimba, you’ll have discovered how outrageously expensive commercially made instruments can be.

Perhaps you want to buy some instruments for a music class, but simply don't have the budget...

Maybe you want to give the gift of music to a child and thought a musical instrument made with old fashioned quality would be great... but just too expensive right?

Here is your solution! Have you ever thought about building your own instruments?
Can it really be that complicated? box resonated 11 note xylophone marimba plans

They are after all, just a few bits of wood on top of a specially shaped resonator box. All you need to know is how to tune the bars and the correct size and shape to make the box and you should be fine.. right?

Well actually there IS a bit more to it than that….

… you do need to know a little bit about acoustics and the way that musical instruments work in order to be able to design a xylophone that is going to sound tuneful.

But… that is where this page will help you. I've already solved all those problems for you! I’ve got all the information you need to complete this professional looking project yourself in just a few hours - and very cheaply!

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Jim mcCarthy, Author, percussionist and instrument builder
Jim mcCarthy, Author, percussionist and instrument builder shown with one of his marimba designs
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Firstly, let me introduce myself.

My name is Jim McCarthy. I’m the owner of numerous websites about percussion and drumming, and I’ve been involved with drums and percussion for many years - In fact I've even got a Masters degree in percussion!

I've always been into building things - I've built many instruments before, infact I've even built enormous bass marimbas!

However, today I’m going to share with you a project that arouse out of a problem with a school budget.

You see, my wife is a general music teacher. At her first school she had a very small budget for instruments, and needed to complete a class set of xylophones for her junior music classes. She had a few instruments, but needed at least 10 more to complete the set.

At the time, the best quote she could get was $220 per instrument, and she needed ten of them, so it was going to cost her $2,200 just for these xylophones.

There was absolutely no way the school could pay more than $500 – so we decided to make them as a project for the school.

I discovered that it really wasn’t that difficult – as I’d experimented with making my own instruments before, and we set about making a set of ten of these instruments

The results were far better than even I expected! The materials cost less than $300 for all ten instruments, and they sounded just as good as the commercial instruments she would have purchased.

Lets have a listen to this instrument – I’ve recorded myself performing “When the saints go marching in” as a duet:


 

Introducing…

The Box Resonated 11 note Xylophone Plans

In this instantly downloadable e-book you have:

  • Step by step instructions for building the 11 note box-resonated xylophone
  • Exact size templates to use for cutting out the more difficult shaped pieces of the resonating box
  • 61 photos and diagrams detailing every step
  • MP3 files of “sine waves” – (clean and clear tones) of the exact pitches that you need to tune the bars to.

Here are some sample pages that you’ll find in the e-book building guide:

sample pages from the xylophone blueprints available on this page

And some of the template files included:

sample pages from the xylophone blueprints available on this page


 

Don’t waste another minute surfing the internet, when the information you need is right here

All the Hard work is done for you!

  • The exact measurements of the bars that work every time, no matter the wood you are using
  • The method of building a resonating box that will make each bar sing sweetly
  • The measurements of where to place each bars mounting hole in the exact “nodal point” (the point where the sound will not be affected)
  • The most important trick to make sure that the box resonates correctly as it should
  • How to raise or lower the pitch of the bar by sanding in the correct places

Your comprehensive building guide comes as a 26 page printable pdf file, along with the templates and mp3 files. Its all packaged up in a zip file, which you have instant access to on the next page.

Plus you get this cool BONUS #1!

Once you have your instrument finished you will want to play something on it. Sheet music is usually only a few dollars to buy, but it can cost you HEAPS of time finding something suitable for your instrument which is easy to learn and sounds cool. That's why I've written loads of music especially for this instrument - and I'm giving you your first piece completely free!

Having an instrument without music is like having a toy without batteries....

Well when you build THIS instrument, the music is included!

AND Cool BONUS #2!
Free One Month's subscription to Percussion Keys Website!
This is Definitely for You if you want to learn more about playing & building marimbas, xylophones and other percussion instruments.

You have FULL access to:

  • The entire "KEYS" video tutorial series, teaching YOU to play marimba & vibes.
  • Member's forum and Q&A Section.
  • Monthly Lessons and Videos asked for by YOU, the user.
  • A Unique library of useful downloads & FAQ for instrument builders and percussionists.
  • Free sheet music and exercise sheets.
  • "Cool Videos" of the month.

The retail price of "Percussion Keys" membership is normally $4.95 to set up and just $13.95 per month. BUT... for this one time only as a bonus for purchasing this building guide - you have the option to get that first month completely free! And of course you have absolutely no obligation to continue your membership past the free introductory period, so you have nothing to lose. Even the tiny $4.95 set up cost is risk free, because it is covered by my 100% money back guarantee.


 

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Do I need to be good at woodworking to achieve this?

Absolutely not! I’m not a carpenter - I’m a musician. And I have made loads of these instruments in the past, and they really are quite easy. These days I can make one easily within one afternoon.

Even if you’ve hardly ever picked up a hammer or a saw in your life I’m confident that you’ll be able to achieve a workable instrument using these plans. Of course I've picked up a few clues over my time designing and building instruments, but I've put all the important construction tips in the package for you.

It will take you a few hours work, and you’ll have nice and workable instrument. If you’d like to make a class set you’ll also be able to save time by making the instruments in bulk.

Now that I’ve answered your question – click here to get started with the box xylophone

Do I need lots of expensive tools?

Most of the tools you need are commonly available in most people's garages!

All you need is:

  • An electric drill with a sanding attachment
  • A screwdriver
  • A wood saw
  • A small hammer
  • Sandpaper and sanding discs

Plus a few other bits and pieces commonly found around the house!

Now that I’ve answered your question – click here to get started with the box xylophone

Do I need special wood for the bars?

The great thing about this project is that it will work for you, no matter what wood you have available

Concert quality instruments are usually made from Honduras Rosewood or African padouk, and obviously the better wood you have access to the better instrument you’ll be able to make. However you can make this instrument from just about any hardwood (eg, Oak, Durian or Meranti).

Now that I’ve answered your question – click here to get started with the box xylophone

Do I need any special tuning equipment?

A basic electronic tuner is highly recommended. Any chromatic tuner will do the job, and you can get a really basic electronic tuner from any music store for around $50, or simply borrow one from a friend to get the job done! These tuners are incredibly common – nearly all professional musicians or music teachers either own one or have a friend who owns one.

BUT... if you don’t have access to one, don’t worry – as I’ve included a full set of sine waves (clear and clean tones) that you can use to tune the notes by ear. If you have a musical ear it is really easy to do it this way.

Now that I’ve answered your question – click here to get started with the box xylophone

How much will the materials Cost?

Depending on where you live you should be able to get all the materials you need for between $30 and $50, from the local hardware or rubber supply store.

Now that I’ve answered your question – click here to get started with the box xylophone

Is my homemade instrument going to sound as good as the commercially available instrument?

I'm not going to suggest that you can build an instrument which will sound identical to the commercially available instrument, not with basic wood that you can get from the hardware store. However - have a listen to these samples, and you'll see that there is very little difference between them!

Commercially Made Instrument
(This particular one costs over $300 to buy new)
Home Made Version,
the instrument pictured in this e-book

Can you hear the difference? Most people can hear a slight difference in favour of the professional instrument, but its hardly even worth considering, especially when you factor in the extra cost of the professional instrument!

Do I have to wait for anything to be shipped to me?

Absolutely Not! you can instantly download the plans in pdf format (which prints out in the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which nearly all computers already have installed). Then you can start building immediately!

Does the plans have both Metric and Imperial Measurements?

YES! Wherever measurements are included they have both metric (millimetres), and Imperial (feet and inches).


 

You have 56 Days to test out my plans….

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It took me nearly ten years to build up the skills to effectively tune bars and design resonating boxes that worked, and that’s why I know my plans work.

Obviously I can’t build the instrument for you, and your success is going to be determined by a little bit of your own efforts.

If however, you feel that my plans are at fault and they don’t work for you then simply contact clickbank within 56 days for a full refund – no questions asked. In fact I insist! I don't want your money if you can't successfully use them to make your own instruments.

So go ahead and get started now with Project 1 – The box resonated 11 note xylophone.


 

How much do these plans cost?

You get instant access to the plans for just $27 US Dollars, so you can start building immediately!

You can look up the equivalent in your currency by checking on www.xe.com.

At the time that I’m writing this webpage the cheapest available equivalent commercial instrument I can find listed anywhere is $220. This is certainly not the best, or even recommended! Look for yourself and you’ll find that these instruments often cost upwards of $300 each.

Lets have a look at the following table to see what you can save if you are considering making a class set for your school:

Number of Xylophones you wish to build or buy Plans Cost ApproximateMaterials Cost Total Cost Cheapest Available Commercial Instrument You SAVE!
1 $27 $33.00 $60.00 $220.00 $160.00
2 $27 $65.00 $92.00 $440.00 $348.00
3 $27 $90.00 $117.00 $660.00 $543.00
5 $27 $150.00 $177.00 $1100.00 $923.00
10 $27 $300.00 $327.00 $2,200.00 $1873.00
20 $27 $600.00 $627.00 $4,400.00 $3773.00

This is real money that can be put to good use elsewhere in your school music program, just like my wife did in her school.

You don't have to do it all yourself - you can even give the plans to your woodworking classes or parent club to make as a project – so it doesn’t need to cost the earth in materials or in your precious labour!

Even if you just wish to build one xylophone for a gift for a child these plans make it really affordable and achievable, as well as being an interesting project for you to complete.

So go ahead and click here to download the plans to get started making the box resonated 11 note xylophone.

You won't regret it, and this will be one investment that could save you hundreds of dollars!

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Jim McCarthy

P.S. There's no tricks here - just real quality information that you won't find anywhere else!

P.P.S. Want to get this together with the plans for other marimbas? Check out my package deal.


 

make a simple glockenspiel or metalophone
$9.95
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$39.95
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$49.95
DIY vibraphone building plans
$64.95
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$73
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