Have you ever looked at simple metalophones, glockenspiels or other tuned percussion instruments in music stores or catalogues?
Well if so, you’ll have discovered how outrageously expensive commercially made instruments can be.
So perhaps you want to buy some instruments for a music class, but simply don't have the budget...
...or Maybe you want to give the gift of music to a child and feel a musical instrument made with old fashioned quality would be great... but just too expensive right?
Here is your solution!
You simply build instruments yourself...
and it's quite easy and much much cheaper!
They are after all, just a few bits of aluminium on a timber frame. All you need to know is how to tune the bars and the correct size and shape to make everything 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 an instrument that is going to sound tuneful and work perfectly every time.
But… that is where this page will help you. I've already solved all those problems, and made the mistakes for you! I’ve got all the information you need to complete this professional looking project yourself in just a day or so - and very cheaply!
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, and I’ve been a percussionist for over 20 years.
I’ve always had a passion for building things, but I’d never consider myself a professional at woodworking or trades… I’ve always been a musician first.
and this means that if I can build this project... You can easily do it as well. You don't need to do any of the design, thinking, hard work and making mistakes - I've already done all that for you!
When I studied for my masters degree I got really into Acoustics and learned all about how Marimbas were built – I even made some massive, world record bass marimbas to indulge my hobby...
But these days my goals are much more practical... I design instruments especially for people like you. It started years ago when I built a few instruments to assist my wife in her school music program. You may have seen the Project 1 Box resonated Xylophone, or the Project 2 mini-marimba which people all around the world are already building to save money for their schools, as well as being interesting to play and enjoy for children.
Lets have a listen to this metalophone / glockenspiel – I’ve recorded a few notes so you can hear it.
The Simple Glockenspiel Plans & Building Guide
In this instantly downloadable e-book you have everything you need to build this metalophone yourself, including:
- Step by step instructions for building the 2-octave glockenspiel / metalophone
- Exact sizes and dimensions for the bars and frame which will work every single time
- 72 photos and diagrams detailing every step and detail
- MP3 files of “sine waves” – (clean and clear tones) of the exact pitches that you need to tune the bars to, as well as comparison mp3s of each of the prototype's notes.
Here are some sample pages that you’ll find in the e-book building guide:
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- The exact measurements of the bars that work every time, no matter if the metal you are using is slightly different.
- The method of suspending the bars cheaply and easily that will make each note 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 we easily get a clear tone when tuning.
- How to raise or lower the pitch of the bar by working in the correct places.
Your comprehensive building guide comes as a 23 page printable pdf file, along with the layout photos and mp3 files... and it's all packaged up in a zip file, which you have instant access to on the next page.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be good at woodworking or metalwork to achieve this?
Absolutely not! I’m not a carpenter - I’m a musician. Most of the skills required are fairly basic woodwork – measuring, cutting and sanding.
So 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.
Furthermore, with just a few hours of tinkering, you’ll have a 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.
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 and common bits
- A screwdriver
- A tape measure and pencil
- A wood saw
- A hack saw
- A small hammer
- Sandpaper and sanding discs
Plus a few other bits and pieces commonly found around the house!
Do I need special metal for the bars?
The great thing about this project is that it will work for you with the most commonly available aluminium.
The design is such, that even if your bar aluminium is a little different to the common stuff I used - it will still work for you.
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.
How much will the materials Cost?
Depending on where you live you should be able to get all the materials you need for between $15 and $25, from the local hardware and/or rubber supply store.
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, but the difference is extremely small considering the massive difference in cost. Many people even feel that my design sounds better than the cheaper "school style" metalophones on the market. Obviously the exact prototype will not sound the same as a professional orchestral glockenspiel costing hundreds of dollars, but you certainly have all the info you need in this building guide to make an instrument that DOES sound as good with a little more effort and cost.
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 is a free download, and nearly every computer already has it installed anyway). 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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You have 56 days so that you can fully try out the product!
It took me nearly ten years to build up the skills to effectively tune bars and design instruments that worked straight away, 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 of the purchase price of this building guide – 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 Glock – The simple glockenspiel.
How much do these plans cost?
This building guide costs literally peanuts!!! You get instant access to the plans for just $9.95 US Dollars, so you can start building immediately!
And you can look up the equivalent in your currency by checking on www.xe.com.
What's more, at the time that I’m writing this webpage the cheapest available equivalent commercial instrument I can find listed anywhere is $120. And this is certainly not the best, or even recommended!
So 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 metalophones you wish to build or buy
||Cheapest Available Commercial Instrument
This is real money that can be put to good use elsewhere in your school music program. Even if you just want to make ONE as a project or present, you will save considerable cost AND make the instrument much more meaningfull.
And remember, you don't even have to do it yourself - you can give the plans to your woodworking classes or parent club to make as a project.
Even if you just wish to build one metalophone 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 simple glockenspiel project.
You won't regret it, and this will be one investment that could save you hundreds of dollars!
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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 instrument like the xylophones and marimbas? Check out my package deal.