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Maker Brass

by hlbrosnihan, published

Maker Brass by hlbrosnihan Oct 29, 2012

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An experiment of creating brass instruments. Bring on a 3D printed Brass band... based solely on a fhorn mouth piece and an old finger holed brass instruments. I have no idea on the pitch yet. Print test will alter for better sound... We all know we want a maker plastic band in PLA! The holiday are upon us. Think of the sound recording that can be done... maybe I will tackle vales next.. or a traditional long horn..


Attach mouthpiece and bell to piping and play your plastic brass instrument.

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Is this a joke, or is it realy possible to play on this mouthpiece ?

The mouthpiece plays its really just for this model tho. I am sure there are other mouthpieces that fit standard brass instruments out there now. A more solid print a better sound with this model or a shell print. This was made a great while back I am sure other I have done more with the concept now.

Clarification for any one out there, this is NOT a FRENCHhorn mouthpiece, it's soley for the instrument created. I kind of made that mistake :)

Ya it's just for that horn.. Could scan a French horn one if that is what you are looking for. Somewhat forgot about this random side project. Nice to know others have tried it.

Yeah I've been looking for a mouthpiece sim maker to a schilke 30c2, but if you figure out how to make any French horn mouthpiece I'd love to try it. This project was really cool btw^

yes it does work but I would reduce the infill 

The book "The Physics of Musical Instruments" has a good if somewhat mathematical discussion of brass instruments. With fingerholes, you probably want a conical bore. With valves or a trombone slide, there's a straight section then a horn of a particular shape.

Valves would be very impressive, but may be beyond current printers. Maybe a trombone slide with non-printed straight tubing and printed curves, horn, mouthpiece would be possible?

Even simpler, no finger holes, no valves, just a sufficiently long tube. The upper harmonics get close enough together that a tune can be played.

I need to get that book but your right its a straight bore right now for testing. trumpet are straight bore but the piston make some of the changes. I might do a classic call to post horn... But what I really want to build... Is an F-horn all 3d printed or an a Bach cornet with a conical bore. As you can tell i am a brass player. After that I want some new excite music development for brass.. maybe with pickups..