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We link to over 400 pages on acoustic guitar building, electric guitar making, violin making, dulcimer making, mandolin building, and all other types of lutherie; pickup making, winding, and rewinding; flute, recorder, and bagpipe making; brass instrument building and repair; drum making; experimental musical instruments construction and design; as well as pages on woodworking, metalworking, and guitar finishing and refinishing. We list these webpages as a service to folks visiting The Musical Instrument Makers Forum, whom we assume are here because of an interest in building musical instruments. gas key bolt carrier Therefore these links are heavily weighted towards pages that provide information for instrument builders and musicians, with a few non-musical sites we have found useful thrown in for good measure. We do not include commercial sites that are little more than advertisements for a particular product or service but only link to sites that are themselves valuable resources and/or have useful links pages. Note that overseas sites may load slowly, or not at all. We hope you find these pages useful and will e-mail us if you find any broken links or have new links to recommend.

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• Luis Angel Payno has a Spanish-language website devoted to short photo-essays accompanied by simple plans for making all sorts of mostly-Iberian musical instruments, from a wooden-shoe fiddle to a friction-drum to a cow-horn flageolet (or maybe it’s an ocarina). The pictures and plans make his website well worth the visit even if you can’t read Spanish. There are instructional pages on several bowed and plucked instruments, gourd instruments, whistles and flutes including a slide-whistle, noisemakers, a string drum (accompanied by a longer article and more extensive instructions and plans), reed instruments and instructions on reed-making, drums, and some bagpipes and chanters. Some instruments are very simple, others very complex, if you have any woodworking or instrument making experience you’ll find something there that you can build.

• Robert Tedrow’s webpages on building a concertina. The formatting really, really sucks – why so many people assume that everyone else owns a monitor the same resolution as theirs is beyond me, but if you have larger wide-screen monitor, or can handle the maddening irritation of having to scroll sideways several dozen times for each of the 12 pages, the web pages are detailed and very informative.

• The Acoustical Society Of America has a number of astonishingly wide-ranging articles online, including some on the acoustics of musical instruments. On their homepage, see the "Lay Language Papers" presented at this year’s meeting, and scroll down to "Archives of Previous Meetings of the ASA" to see the lay language papers presented in years past. A truly fascinating website!

• Kettering University’s Daniel A. Russell, Ph.D., has posted a number of pages on acoustics (scroll down). Subjects include Animations for Teaching Acoustics and Physics and Acoustics of Baseball Bats (yes, updated since the Sammy Sosa incident), as well as more usual fare relating to guitars, pianos, and tuning forks. And he’s a Wallace and Gromit fan!

• The Acoustic Research Team of the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria, has posted a bilingual (English/German) website with research papers and software of interest to brass and reed instrument builders and players; and has recently added some research papers on violin-family instruments and bows. electricity pictures information Their software offerings include a Musical Calculator and a Brass Instrument Analyzing System. The BIAS program is available as a demo, and one of our members reports that it is useful.

• The Library of Congress has posted some sketches, mechanical drawings, and plans of folk and ethnic musical instruments including an oud, a Georgian tar, a zurna, a quanun, a dumbeg, and many more instruments. You can download very high quality digital images. In several cases there is enough information for an experienced builder to turn the information into an instrument.

• America’s Shrine to Music Museum in South Dakota has one of the best instrument collections in the world. Links to other sites, especially other museums, and a source for plans of bowed instruments. Be sure to take the virtual tour, and pay homage to the "Rawlins" guitar by Antonio Stradivari, one of two documented guitars by the famous Italian craftsman known to survive.

• The Musikinstrumenten-Museum der Universität Leipzig seems to be trying to post an online catalog of all the instruments in their collection, and they’re well worth a look-see. Navigate using their site map to find their collections of citterns; guitars built by Richard Jacob Weissgerber, a fascinating and innovative builder; guitars built by other makers; and zithers, including one with an amplifying horn and another with a pedal-driven strike mechanism if I got the translation from German right. They seem to enjoy collecting unusual instruments there – you’ll have fun looking around! Click on the images for three larger views of the instrument, where available.

• Makoto Tsuruta’s bilingual Japanese/English "Crane" website has free downloadable plans in PDF format (8.5" x 11") for Baroque and other early guitars, and an Italian mandolin dated 1735. Not all webpages have been translated into English. There are lute and lute rose plans included in the not-yet-translated lute page, just look around until you find them: if you put your cursor over the links, all the file names are in English. One member has successfully completed a lovely Lacote copy from the Crane plans.

• Paul Butler has devoted several pages at his website to the process of researching and building early instruments: rebec, citole, medieval viol, and Anglo-Saxon lyre. He has made downloadable plans available for the rebec, citole, and lyre (the lyre plans are very small). A warning that the rebec and citole pages are HUGE and image-heavy.

• Watson Bailey Instrument Co. has a number of plans available for free online as PDF, GIF, and Corel Draw files. Archtop guitars, a classical guitar, archtop mandolins, and a resonator banjo are included. As the carved-top instrument plans don’t include arching templates we don’t know how useful they’ll be – none of the plans looks particularly complete but you may still find some use for them.

• Jon Whitney’s downloadable wfret Windows fret calculator is by far the most popular fret calculator among our members. It will print templates for fret slot cutting and includes non-standard equal temperament scales (10-tet, 16-tet, etc.), as well as diatonic scales for mountain dulcimers. electricity physics definition Our members have found that template output from a wide variety of printers is extremely accurate. About 3 meg in size, in compressed ZIP format. Also available is Jon’s older DOS fret calculator.

• Just starting out? This has long been the favorite site of our members, be they first-time or experienced builders: Kathy Matsushita has useful basic tools and tools of the trade pages. She’s built several instruments and has posted information about her tools, jigs, methods, etc. Navigation aids aren’t the best: be sure to explore her pages thoroughly so you don’t miss anything. A wonderful site, more useful than most of those put up by the pros!

• Martin Chab has posted some plans and schematics in PDF and Corel Draw formats. Plans listed at this time are for an electric guitar, classical guitar, VC Model guitar, and for an acoustic bass guitar. Here’s a picture of the ABG soundboard bracing. Note that this website has disappeared, these are all links to the archve of the website at the Internet WayBack Machine.

• The Guitars of Richard Jacob Weissgerber, "an interesting but very idiosyncratic German builder of the early 20th century" according to one of our members, in the collection of the Musikinstrumenten-Museum der Universität Leipzig. Click on the individual images for three closer shots of each guitar (front, side, back) – well worth the time to see what this innovative builder did with some unusual body shapes and profiles.

• David Schramm’s free online classical guitar building course. electricity videos for students This was available as a free interactive 15-month course to the first 60 people who signed up, the course is full, the rest of the world can audit. Lessons are being posted according to the schedule posted at the website and are reasonably up-to-date, the course should be completed late in the summer of 2004.

• For Leadbelly fans who want to build a 12-string like the Stella played by the "King of the 12-String Guitar," here’s a sketch of the ladder bracing from a 1930s Stella 12-string. One of our members reports that Neil Harpe, who is something of an authority on Stella guitars, says that the bridge plates in these guitars was usually birch, although sometimes poplar was used, and even less frequently, spruce. Neil recommends using either birch or maple as a bridge plate if you’re trying to make an instrument from that sketch.

• Félix Savart’s trapezoidal fiddles have been a subject of great speculation on the MIMForum. Here are some photographs from the Music Museum of Paris, and a small copy of a set of plans from 1819. A related violin by William Sidney Mount (1807-1868), click on the image to see the full instrument. Here’s another Mount violin, this one guitar-shaped.

• The Connecticut Valley Historical Museum exhibition entitled " Inventors and Violin-Makers of the Pioneer Valley" has been posted online as a virtual tour. “The exhibition reveals how the early technologists in the Pioneer Valley applied their specialized skills to making violins and established a new self-taught profession of violin making. It shows how a handful of self-taught violin makers, who became successful professionals, trained apprentices and employees in the art of violin making. It exemplifies the stylistic link between master and pupil which forms a related school of work. Generally, it illuminates the creation of the ‘American School.’” Worth a look.

• The Ancient Lithuanian Kanklës (Kanteles) website includes a section on construction with plans for 5-string, 8-string, 10-string, 11-string, and 12-string kanklës, in GIF format you can download and print out. Be sure to explore the site thoroughly so you don’t overlook any of the plans. Various tunings for the instruments are posted, as well as pages on playing technique with some downloadable sheet music in GIF format, and sound files with both samples of the tunes and complete tunes. A very enjoyable, complete site, although navigation aids could be better. Take care not to miss anything.

• John "Hifijohn" Kovacich’s Guitar Stuff webpage on building an amp and an electric guitar; includes schematics for the amp, the power supply, the preamp, a distortion box, and a reverb circuit (scroll all the way down) that should be useful for other amp DIYers. Other pages devoted to building hifi equipment (turntables, speakers, headphones) and miscellaneous DIY projects including a tube tester, microphones, voltage meters.

• Charlie Jackson’s Excel spreadsheet that can be used to calculate the hole sizes and positions for a crumhorn; and his Excel spreadsheet that calculates the hole positions and diameters for a cornetto. gas natural inc The latter can be modified to design a lyzard or serpent. The spreadsheets use transmission line theory, and have been compressed into zip format.

• David Daye’s Bagpipe Page is a source for Uilleann pipe building information. The homepage lists a bunch of links you should investigate thoroughly. PLEASE NOTE: the URL of the site has changed and some of the internal links are broken. If you find a broken link, just substitute polarmet in the URL for www-bprc. One such broken URL is for the Uilleann Pipe Reedmaking Book, here is the correct link. David’s commercial website also has some information, including Making the Chamber Style Reed for Penny-Chanters, and Making a Stabilized Traditional Reed for Uilleann Pipe Chanters and Regulators and Penny-Chanters.

• Christopher Bayley has made some bagpipe plans available online as .gif files, and downloadable as DWF and DXF files. Plans include Irish Union Pipes in Concert D by Leo Rowsome, Baghet (North Italian Bagpipe), and Boha / Cornemuse Landaise in G (SW France), apparently with more to come as the website appears to be under construction with many dead internal links.

• The Launeddas homepage is a site devoted to the unique triple idioglot reed clarinet of Sardinia. Includes a photo-essay with very little text in both English and Italian on building a launeddas, which is played in a continuous manner by means of circular breathing. Be sure to click on the little arrow at the bottom of the building pages to go through all three pages.