Saturday, July 7, 2007
Wind Harp Experiments
After reading a lot about wind harps and hearing the awesome sounds they make, I decided to give it a try. I strung a steel wire between two "C" clamps separated by almost eight feet. The support is a 2" by 2" by 8 feet long pine stud I got from Home Depot. Each C clamp has a hole drilled on the side with a eye bolt installed to support the wire. The eyebolt is tensioned untill a nice tone is heard when plucked.
Photo on the left show pickup placed near the wire.
Photo on the right show the whole thing, about 8 feet high.
So I don't have to use a sounding board to make the sounds audible, I used a magnetic pick up and a Radio Shack amplifier to amplify the delicate vibrations. As the wind "plucks" the string, musical notes and harmonic vibrations could be heard.
You can hear what my wind harp sounds like at this link.
The Harp I made just uses one string to prove it works. Now imagine using several strings.