What I learned from this
I definitely found out that the speed of sound varies. All the precalculated PVC length-tables out there are calibrated for their respective authors; I had to make my own table for the tubes to be tuned right. I also learned quite a bit about how BMG makes their music. I had to figure out all the notes to their songs by myself.
Why I wrote this guide
A few weeks ago I was browsing through the Internet trying to find a suitable guide to building a PVC instrument. I was disappointed at the lack of information on the instruments. I tried to start a thread about the instruments in the Blue Man Group forums, but it died after about 7 replies. So I resolved to bring light to the situation. And here it is.
Where to go from here
I’m sure you had an idea of what you’d do with a finished PVC instrument. Maybe you’ll put together a mini-BMG performance, or just play it in the privacy of your own home. You may even try to sell yours… It would be interesting to see what a PVC instrument would get on eBay.
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