Bicycle Pump Flute

Bicycle Pump Flute

A small tutorial article to introduce you to one of my favorite instruments, and very easy to make, I use it a lot on stage for the human beatbox:


The manufacturing can hardly be easier, one hole and it’s done!

For the manufacture you need a bicycle plastic pump (the metal versions is too thin for a good mouthpiece), a drill with 9mm drill bit, a small half-round file and sandpaper.

Drill and use the file on the hole to give it the desired dimensions, it will work also with a simple round hole, but this form allows better sound control. You also have to work inside the hole with the file like this :

I often play on with breaths and beatbox, but the instrument can also play with a flute sound, and you can use the pump hole for a lovely tremolo effect!

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Homemade Instrument maker, rare and strange instrument seeker / Bricoleur d'instruments, chercheur d'instruments rares

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