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Author Topic: Brass can resonator Steampunk Ukulele thing  (Read 1187 times)
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« on: July 08, 2014, 05:11:30 am »

Good afternoon, short time lurker, first time poster here. 

A member of the Ukulele group I'm loosely affiliated too expressed an interest in steampunk ukuleles and I gullibly thought I could have a go at that... 6 months later here is the result.



Close up of the head stock
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Tail Piece (where the real tuners and a kraken hide)
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Horns and gauge
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Other side with obligatory led candle hidden under half a ball tea infuser.
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The rear upholstered with crimson velvet
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I'm 99% done, there are a couple of spots on the paint work to touch up, a Boer war era reproduction cavalry bandolier to convert into a strap and a case to build.  It is sounding ok, very gnarly as one would expect from a tin can resonator and it's not overly loud but I did fit a little piezoelectric pickup which helps.  Its is also a touch on the heavy side.

I have never dabbled in steampunk before, but I must say the combination of brass and copper together is a little addictive, I'm already looking for projects to do with my left overs.

I just like to say thanks to everyone who posts here, this forum and in particular the tactile sub forum, was a huge inspiration.   There are so many mind blowing creations going on I am truly in awe. Also a shout to Mr Herbert West whose steampunk gauge graphic I used, lovely stuff.

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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2014, 12:29:46 pm »

Nice! Does the painting of the tree root mean something?
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2014, 12:41:30 pm »

Nice! Does the painting of the tree root mean something?

I asked the girl I made it for if she would like any personal iconography, her reply was it should be green, have a beagle on it (hidden on the heal of the neck), and a tree.   I
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2014, 12:44:40 pm »

Very nice work.  Hope to see more of your work.
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2014, 12:47:26 pm »

That is lovely. Do the horns do anything? Let us see and hear some video.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2014, 07:15:01 pm »

Looks great.
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2014, 09:45:54 pm »

Lovely piece.  Great work mate.
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2014, 12:37:21 am »

Do the horns do anything? Let us see and hear some video.


The horns do port into the sound box but don't really do much.  I think that the volume of air displaced by the vibration of the resonator isn't enough to push sound out the 1/2 inch copper pipe I used.

Here is a video,

Steampunk Ukulele Sound Test


I'm still tinkering with the bridge I'm getting a little buzzing from the timber on the brass, I tried some rubber on the feet which fixed the buzz but dulled the sound a little. I was thinking of making a biscuit bridge and seeing how that will work.  However my last experiment was with the bridge from a 1940's Dallas 'B' Banjolele it has two contact points rather than the three and it seems that additional pressure is enough to kill the buzz.    I'm going to scale one up and see if that works.




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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2014, 04:49:04 pm »

I'm loving the ukulele.   Excellent work!  Hope you find how to eliminate the buzzing sound.

I'm seeing a lot of Steampunk musical instruments lately.  Grin  It doesn't help that I'm renting a room in the house of a rock band leader - get to see electric bass and guitars every day  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2014, 05:57:33 pm »

Absolutely lovely. I made a steampunk ukulele a couple of years ago but yours is leagues ahead of my humble effort.
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