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Tongue Drums #3: Building Individual Tongue Drum Keys

06-08-2021 07:34 PM by GnarlyErik | 1 comment »

A few months ago I took the top off of a tongue drum in order to try to fine tune the tongues. In the process I accidentally split the top at the anchor ends of a couple keys. I re-glued it and it didn’t seem to make any difference. That got me wondering about building a tongue drum with individual keys, which could be tuned before assembly into the top. Tuning is really a tough proposition because it’s hard to determine the Hertz level of the key you are tuning since the sympathetic vibration of the adjacent keys can seriously interfere with the reading. So, why not simply make individual keys, tune them individually, then assemble them into a finished soundboard? My theory is, so lon...

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