mackerel tin lamellophones

spent the past few days making little thumb pianos for my young nephews, ned and levi…

mackerel tin thumb pianos

wooden soundboard from a cigar box lid – made the bridge and fittings from hobby store brass strip…

mackerel tin thumb pianos

tines are thin steel strip beaten out with a small sledge hammer… the bottle cap is wired onto a piece of aluminium cut from a beer can – it creates a rhythmic buzz as the tines are plucked…

mackerel tin thumb pianos

mackerel tins – deeper than sardine tins – give better resonance for the small instrument – the wooden soundboard is cut to fit into the tiny shelf left around the rim after the lid’s been removed…

mackerel tin thumb pianos

the boys have a 30 year old freshwater turtle ‘companion animal’ – so, a little paper stencil for the instruments…

mackerel tin thumb pianos

the finished thumb pianos – tuned alike for parental comfort…

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