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Copper flutes by taika-kim Copper flutes by taika-kim
Some transverse flutes and a shakuhachi I made from copper tubing I got from a junkyard. Tuned to different, mostly modal tunings (let's give a big YAI for dorian here, folks!)

They are working OK, considering that I have never seen a pro flute... Mostly I would need some advice on the embouchure(?) hole.

The shaku doesn't really work, plays only one octave. I guess the wall should be thicker, now it's only 1,5mm... It's also quite hard to keep the right angle when blowing. Then again, maybe I'm just a lousy player.

Filed & brushed the surface for extra beauty, and then heat treated for oxidation colours.

Oh, and they're toxic too, probably. Any advice on this is appreciated.

In the future, will stick to stainless probably... Or maybe aluminium? Does aluminium tubing exist?

And it's NOT cheap, around here copper is 6 euro/kg at the junkyard...
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nanasten Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Oxidation makes a fine effect! A zapon lacquer (saponilakka) on the outside of the flute might do the trick to avoid possible copper poisoning. And the calculator you've lost is probably Flutomat (….
taika-kim Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nanasten Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Oi, vau! Kiitti.
harlequinhybrid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011   Artisan Crafter
I was wondering how you tuned the flutes, do you go off any plan? I'm all for instruments that are out of tune it gives them a kind of ancient otherworldlyness, but how would you know how to tune these, as each tube is of different sizes?
taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I used some java calculator I found on the Internetz. I've lost it since. They are out of tune anyway :D I tried to get some modal scales, but it's not accurate... And yes instruments that don't follow the usual 12-equal can sound interesting!
Also I have Bart Hopkin's book on wind instrument design... But the web application was easier to use :D Altough I did some calculations myself too.
harlequinhybrid Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much, finally got some copper pipe. made a bunch of pvc bansuri's in G because I have a bamboo one that I copied exactly and they sound the same, also made a pvc Fujara (Slovakian instrument) yesterday, might need some fine tuning. I've found that there are many youtube videos and websites with premade plans on flute making, so thatseems to work for me. Thanks for the info :)
harlequinhybrid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011   Artisan Crafter
and how did you drill the holes? Anyways they look amazing, I love the rainbow hippy-earthy look, there's definately some divine inspiration there.
savagedryad Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh hey man hows it goin.

I was looking at your Shak there and I think I know why it doesn't play the second octave.

Basically its too fat. With any flute if the difference between the bore and the length is off it will be hard to get the upper (or lower) notes. In short chubby flutes only play their lowest notes and super long skinny ones only play their upper notes.

Not that a fat flute is a bad thing! They are still awesome flutes man I would have a hard time working in metal like you do. :)
taika-kim Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, that might be. The measurements are from a shaku making site, but yes I think the bore is much more narrow in a real shaku since bamboo is more thick walled than the pipe I used...
savagedryad Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Probably it. Still really nice I bet they sound pretty nifty with how thin walled metal is.
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