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Author Topic: Aluminium tubing for large chime  (Read 5849 times)
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« on: April 27, 2015, 06:14:11 PM »

Hi
Not at all sure where to ask this question, but reckon that the best knowledgebase must be here.

I am intending to make a large outdoor chime for my Primary School (I am leaving after 25 years).
(something like this http://tinyurl.com/owggo2s ) but better.

I reckon on using 50mm aluminium tubing that I can get hold of.
Trouble is, I can't try before I buy and it isn't cheap as I'll need about 7 or 8 metres of the stuff (it'll be quite big).
I'm OK with everything I need to do apart from timbre.

Can anyone tell me if they reckon that aluminium tubing will ring if suspended properly. It'd be awful to make it and find that it is not a suitable material.

Thanks

Nick

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2015, 01:06:02 AM »

I imagine this is precisely the kind of project that manufacturers of aluminium tubing would love to get favourable publicity from. Try emailing/ ringing one or two.  

http://www.themetalstore.co.uk/products/aluminium
http://www.metals4u.co.uk/aluminium/tube/products.asp?cat_id=22
http://www.aluminiumwarehouse.co.uk/

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2015, 07:17:26 AM »

Tubular Bells!   Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2015, 08:04:01 PM »

Having just bashed various odds and sods of metal tubing I have round the garage, none of which are altogether satisfactory test pieces I admit, I have grave doubts that aluminium tubing will give a satisfactory result. Steel seems to me to be a lot more musical.
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2015, 12:11:46 PM »

Copper piping for tunes by the Police, and of course lead pipes (in the ballroom) for heavy metal.  Roll Eyes
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