Recorder V2.3 (new Mouthpiece)

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Recorder V2.3 (new Mouthpiece) by cymon Oct 24, 2011
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After seeing the overhang on tzzhc4's print ( http://www.thingiverse.com/derivative:15325 ) I realized how I could fix it. This is that fix. Then I saw Upgrayedd's print of V2.2 and realized how I could place the pieces better (with holes facing out)

The recorder is one of the oldest woodwind instruments. In the hands of an experienced player it creates a sound synonymous with Renaissance music. Often used in elementary music classes because of it's ease of operation. With 3D printing everyone can have one of their own to make beautiful music on... or wailing screeches if they never got past "hot crossed buns".


Print recorderv2.3.stl with high infill. (Alternately you can print the mouthpiece here and the rest from recorder V2.2 individual parts.)

  1. Sharpen the edge of the lip to a fine point.
  2. Assemble.
  3. Twist the foot to adjust for comfortable pinky finger placement.
  4. The top of the body and the mouthpiece is connected with a longer connecter to allow for some tuning.
  5. Note that if you start with all holes covered and remove them one-by-one that the high notes are going to sound flat. That is normal. To get the proper tones for all the notes use the key chart on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recorder#Recorder_fingering .

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What do you guys mean when you say "Sharpen the edge of the lip" to a fine point? Can we just adjust the 3d model instead? Do I remove from the top or the bottom of the lip? Any pictures of this post process step would be great. =)

There model does come to a fine to, but a standard 0.4mm nozzle has trouble reproducing that. However it might work as-is, so give it a shot.

The part in question is called the fipple. Look it up and you'll find out what everyone is taking about.

Now I'm following you. Ok, yea that does make sense now. Thank you for clarifying!

I made it. I play the sax so instinctively I used plumbers tape to adjust the position of the mouthpiece to tune the recorder. Thanks for the redesign of the mouthpiece. It's so efficient that the extruder fan on my 3d printer was making sound with the mouthpiece from when the mouthpiece was 95% complete and up.

I use 75% infill.

I printed this. It looks, sounds, and plays beautifully. However, it's tuned to a few tick above C#. Any geniuses out there know of a decent way to either tune the design, or else tune the printed instrument via modification? Even with all the joints just barely hanging onto each other, it's still just a tick or two above C.

Simplify3D says there are lots of non-manifold errors in this model - has anyone fixed this?

finished printing! Seems im going to have to sand the connections down a ton. But i cant wait to try it!

I just printed this for the first time, but it didn't make a sound. I noticed it was quite leaky so I used acetone glue on the inside of the mouthpiece to seal it up better.


Overhang issue is fixed but the sound that comes out of it isn't all that great. Any advice for settings? Also has anyone thought of making a
a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fife_%28musical_instrument%29http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F..."

Yes, I make fifes and flutes and such. The flute mouthpiece is just a hole, and much easier to get right than a recorder.


You need to sharpen the edge of the lip to a fine point. Also the mouthpiece itself never makes a very good sound until the body is added.

The one successful print was doing with nearly 100% infill (99% apparently).

And yes, I'm researching fifes. Also, if I manage to win the new museum challenge I'm making a kazoo. 3D printed orchestra HO!

Thanks, that does sound better. For the fife just tank the existing recorder design and replace the mouthpiece with a straight tube capped off at the end and then in place of the whistle bit just put a hole that is slightly larger than the finger holes on the rest of the recorder. I play the flute/piccolo/fife so I can test whatever.

Would that really be enough? Would the fingering work? Where should the hole go? Should there be space behind the hole on the other side of the fingers and how much?

I'm gonna try this out on your say so alone.