Making a Melodica

  • I Made My Own Melodica!

    When I started out on this quest to make this musical instrument, I had zero design or technical skills. The most I’d ever done was try to put a shelf up, and that didn’t go well. So I made a long term plan. I started with an evening woodwork class, then I took some design lessons with an engineer, studied with an accordion maker, and watched a ton of youtube videos. I then spent a…

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  • 3D Printed Melodica

    This melodica may look like a traditionally made musical instrument, but it was actually 3D printed in plastic, and sprayed silver to look like metal. The keys were coated with wood and ivory from a scrap piano to give it a curious vintage look. “The melodica has always had great potential as a serious musical instrument, it’s just that they’re made for kids”, says maker, Daren Banarsë. “I started playing on one of these toy…

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