[panflute-world] Making a Panpipe
- Hello everyone, in particular Someet Narang and others who want to start making a
someet narang wrote:
> Hi,These questions have been discussed before in this group; it's worthwhile
> I wonder if you could help me build a 22 pipe panflute
> 1. What should be the lenths and diameters of each tube?
> 2. Should I be choosing a particular bamboo?
> 3. What should I use to close the other end of the tube?
> 4. Would baking in oven for a few mins be sufficient to treat the bamboo?
> 5. Any special precautions??
> With regards,
> Someet Narang (India)
investing a few hours to scan through all that has been posted since May 1998.
About the above questions regarding geometries I gave my opinion in message # 409
(Dec 3, 1998). Follow this link:
Any bamboo or other material that is not extremely porous or flexible will
suffice to make a top quality panflute. For those who don't have power equipment
available the advantage of bamboo is that you can quickly create the joining
surfaces between tubes by simply splitting with a knife and then flatten (if
necessary) and fine polish them with sandpaper on a flat surface. About how to
join and seal tubes I gave my opinion in message # 406 (Dec 1, 1998). Follow this
About obtaining the curvature, Dick wrote something a few days ago, which is
pretty similar to how I do it. See also message # 399 (Nov 26, 1998). Follow this
If the bamboo is already dry, no special treatment is needed, although there is
nothing wrong with treatments such as have been discussed here the past few
weeks. Lately I have been using thick-walled bamboo with a resonance similar to
hard wood. I widened the insides with a metal drill: just hold the tube and the
drill head will search its way down. Do this from both sides. With the right
drillling speed the drill will warm up, but not excessively, giving a baking
treatment to the tubes and at the same time mechanically densify the material (be
careful when doing this with thin-walled tubes!). The standard 15 mm metal drills
available over here are long enough to do this for tubes down to E1 (about 300 mm
Hopefully you will succeed and tell us your experiences, unlike some others who
only wrote once or twice with questions only.