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Models built for the 'Musical Instruments' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

This Challenge is an idea that's come from Chris Fry (the list from whom I'm slowly working through - he's given me enough ideas to last a couple of years!).  It is to build a musical instrument in Meccano, whether you want to make a non-practical copy of a recognisable instrument, or one that actually can play a tune is down to you.


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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeClarinet

Built by John Gay

 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeDrum Kit

Built by Brian Leach

Actually only part of a drum kit - the bass drum and toms, along with a working bass drum foot pedal. The construction didn't present much of a problem.
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeGuitar

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeMaraca

Built by Chris Fry

A maraca made using a boiler with a large number of plastic spacers inside. I thought of several methods of adding the handle - including using a wooden roller - but settled on a wooden handled screwdriver extended by a coupling and short rod.
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeMaraca

Built by Tim Surtell

Maracas are a native instrument of Latin America. While real maracas contain shells, seeds or dried beans, this one contains nuts.
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeRock Guitar

Built by Richard Marsden

This is a non-working model of a guitar on a stand, and the more eagle-eyed club members noted it had six tuning pegs but only four strings - man, that was some gig!
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeSalvation Army Tambourine

Built by John Gay

 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeTambourine

Built by Chris Fry

A simple working instrument using 1" conical discs for the 'zils'. I have incorporated a wheel disc between each pair of conical discs to enhance the sound made. Pleasingly, because the conical disc edges are closely matched, the sound can be abruptly ...
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeTambourine

Built by Les Chatfield

 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeTambourine

Built by Tim Surtell

A basic tambourine lacking a drumhead. The zils (cymbals) are 1" pulleys.
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeTambourine

Built by Ralph Laughton

Sue's triangle reminded me of my infant school band, and it occurred to me that a tambourine would make the perfect complement to the triangle. A couple of flanged rings are spaced apart using 1½" strips attached at every-other hole. A pair o...
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeTriangle

Built by Ralph Laughton

To build her triangle, Sue did think about bending some rod to make a 'working' instrument, but that would not really be a Meccano built model in the true sense of the word. Construction is self-evident. The braided cord the instrument is suspended o...
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeWashboard

Built by Cathy Claydon

 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeZils

Built by Eric Smith

A pair of zils, or finger cymbals, used in belly dancing and similar performances.

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