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wienermobile panpipes

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wienermobile panpipes by ranjit Feb 4, 2012
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After I added the tapered mouthpiece to the whistles, and with the hotdog-red ABS, these things remind me of a toy wienermobile I used to have. Thus the name.
This panflute is slightly more practical than the one it's derived from. The curved shape is easier to use than the circle, and I added a bit of taper to the mouthpiece to make it easier to blow on a single whistle. Still not a practical musical instrument, though!
This one has a diatonic scale (CDEFGABC) instead of chromatic like the other one. I had to learn the OpenSCAD lookup() function for that!


It took about 15 minutes in skeinforge and 3.5 hours to print on a Thing-o-matic with 1.8mm filament. A few of the pipes are leaky at the top end, so they don't play well unless I cover them up. This didn't happen with the spiral panpipes-- Perhaps this is because i reduced the infill from 15% to 5%.

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Huge room for improvement on the whistle. You shouldn't need to blow this hard.

Cannot play on this. These are whistles: two smallest need really strong blow to give any sound (loud a lot). The biggest giva a false note.

OK, now I know why real panpipes are the kind that you blow over the top of, rather than blowing into the end. It's really hard to rapidly move between notes when you have to keep your lips on the instrument to make it play.

good job anyways....maybe you could help me or us out ? I'm thinking of a whistle that slides onto a car antenna or similar and blows certain notes as the car picks up speeds. Got any ideas?