Well these little instruments fascinate me. It is only now that I have awaken to realise that this instrument largely defines the character that I have associated with African music.
I have started a few prototypes following the dimension listed on one of the first posts. Used maple sides and 1/4 sawn spruce as a sound board. I suspect that a deeper (deeper than 7/8") body may help with resonance. Any comments?
For tine material I used a walmart rake(unpainted tines) the material works up well but I suspect it may be a bit thick at .042". I do have an electrical fishe that I may try based on comments read here. Any comments on the best DIY solution and construction details that will lead to a resulting sound similar to retail products. I couldn't find any in the local music shop for patterning.
Can you do me a favor? I would like to know the measured value for thickness, of the electricians tape you use. The stuff I have is .022".
Dan DeBruler said:
I'm with "Roots". I use the electrician tape as often as anything else. Cheap and easy!