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Making Wind Chimes - an illustrated instructional guide to making windchimes out of hollow pipes and their tuning   (Rating: 7.16 Votes: 4163)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (11)

9 Easy to Make Musical Instruments for Kids - a brief, text-only guide to simple musical instruments that you can make with your kids using common household objects, including a tambourine, drum, chimes, horn, cymbals, xylophone, guitar and hand bells   (Rating: 7.15 Votes: 4165)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (25)

Bash the Trash: Instrument Construction Zone - illustrated guides on building musical instruments out of garbage, covering such instruments as the 4-in-1 coffee can, happy new year straw noisemaker, tube horns, tube trombones, finger piano, rubber band box guitars, tube-tar, styrocello and more   (Rating: 7.18 Votes: 3874)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (12)

Bluestem Mountain Banjo Plan and Notes - a detailed overview of the process of building an open-back 5-string banjo and a Frank Proffitt-style mountain banjo, with accompanying simple plans an photos   (Rating: 7.35 Votes: 2472)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

Building a Cornamuse in F (Alto) - an illustrated guide to the construction of a cornamuse, a quiet double reed instrument, discussing the materials required, how to make the wooden parts, how to make the reed, the finger holes, tuning and more   (Rating: 7.25 Votes: 3898)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (1)

Building a Hurdy-gurdy - an instructional guide on how to obtain the knowledge and resources necessary to build a hurdy-gurdy from plans or a kit   (Rating: 7.29 Votes: 3901)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

Building Mandolin No. 001 - a step-by-step, photo-enhanced guide to building a mandolin written by a first-time builder, covering the mandolin design, how to build the form, bending the sides, how to apply the finish, the mandolin neck, the top and back, mandolin fretting and more   (Rating: 7.34 Votes: 3547)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (1)

Coppers and Brass: Making Something Out of Nothing - instruction in making musical instruments primarily out of plumbing pipe, including a tinwhistle/pennywhistle, Scottish small pipes and windchimes   (Rating: 7.16 Votes: 3867)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (3)

Dennis Havlena: Music-Related Articles - text-based, instructional articles on making simple & inexpensive but nice sounding/playing musical instruments, including a hurgy gurdy, a simple wash-tub bass, a KORA, a low D tinwhistle, 2-octave kalimba, a simple 5-string fretless banjo, a bowed psaltery, a simple 12-course Hammered Dulcimer, a whirligig, Highland pipes from PVC piping, a pressman's hat and more   (Rating: 7.21 Votes: 3878)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)

Instrument Projects - illustrated guides and plans for building several instruments out of easily-found materials, including a PVC Clarinet in A3, PVC Flutes in Bb4, C5, D4 and G4, an ABS Sectional Didjerido, a CPVC Chromatic Panpipe, a PVC QuenaiIn G4 and an ABS Tube Drum   (Rating: 7.27 Votes: 4018)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (4)

Make a Ukelele From a Laundry Detergent Bottle - a detailed guide on how to build a ukulele in about three hours with about $25 of easily accessible parts   (Rating: 7.09 Votes: 4992)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

Song of the Great Lakes - Build a Banjo - detailed, illustrated step-by-step guides on how to build a banjo, containing an overview of the building process, instructions on making the neck, body, and fingerboard, fitting, finishing, fretting and more   (Rating: 7.15 Votes: 3886)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)

The Little Aeolian Harp Page - a short illustrated guide to building a simple aeolian harp, a small harp designed to sit in an open window and "sing" with the breezes that blow across it   (Rating: 7.28 Votes: 2455)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

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Making Simple Musical Instruments: A Melodious Collection of Strings, Winds, Drums & More - a friendly, accessible and informative collection of home-buildable instrument plans, supplemented with generous amounts of additional background information, beautifully presented with lots of graphics

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Making Wood Folk Instruments - step-by-step instructions on making wood folk insturment ranging from simple childrens' instruments to more complex, high quality instruments including mountain dulcimers, a banjo, country fiddle, and celtic harp.

Musical Instrument Design : Practical Information for Instrument Making - a highly recommended book on design principles for acoustic instruments of all sorts

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