My trip to Euromold Dusseldorf
My aim was to be able to play "like singing in the shower". The instrument had to be intuitive to learn, like your own voice.
And the nearest I came to that ideal has been the wholetone-tuned panpipes.
Over the years I ordered instruments made for me from the best European panpipe makers, but for various reasons I ended up using my 3D design skills to develop my own steamlined models.
They are described on my website www.tuutflutes.com, where you can also see photos of them, as well as links to videos of me playing jazz. classical and Brazilian music on them .
Alternatively you can go direct to my youTube channel to see them: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1iTP5KP00LUADPPsOJStmQ
I have invested a lot of savings on prototypes, each costing between 400 and 700 euros in order to arrive at the ideal streamlined design, to optimise the instrument's response, ease of playing, and correct tuning.
This is obviously more than most people are willing to pay, so my aim is to get them into production so they can retail at a much lower price.
The wealth of production solutions available today means that I have to do serious research to get the best quality and the best deal before setting up a finance target for the next stage.
The best place to do this is at the Euromold 3D printing and moldmaking trade fair in September, where I can take my prototypes and talk face-to-face with providers about the technical niceties of the project, and of course, price.
I feel these instruments could be a great choice for schools, as kids love panpipes and are often willing to invest more effort into learning them.
Contributors to this funding campaign will earn credits for goodies in the ensuing production crowdfunding campaign, which will include instruments and Skype lessons.
The trip was fruitful , though the fruit is not yet ready to fall off the tree! Various companies sent me detailed quotes on the various molding options I proposed and then retracted when they realized they were not feasible. So I made a radical re-design. which I am currently waiting for them to check out.
I have updated the news page on the tuutflutes website, and invite you to take a look: http://www.tuutflutes.com/en/materials.php
Once again, thank you all for your generous support in this mad venture to change the world!
I have been making new splits of the model to help find a moulding solution (see photo). As this is for the majority the model will be right handed, so I won't be able to play it myself :(