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My trip to Euromold Dusseldorf

€1,060 of €1,600 goal

Raised by 9 people in 39 months
Hi, I'm Paul Hirsh, jazz musician. My musical career has been about trying to find the ideal instrument for improvisation. One that would follow your inspiration wherever it takes you, even to places you've never been before.

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.
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To all those who generously contributed to my campaign, my apologies for not keeping you updated on the results of my trip to Düsseldorf.

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!
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Thanks again all of you, this campaign is now closed. Look out for the Kickstarter campaign soon to follow!
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Mission successful! Thanks to your support, my trip to Dusseldorf was a great success. I was able to meet with over a dozen mould suppliers and check over my design files with them to talk about how to mould them, what materials to use. I was surprised that no-one in China has heard of Kickstarter, so some time was spent explaining the concept to them. Now I am just waiting for the detailed quotes before settling on a supplier, and setting the Kickstarter funding target. If the target is reached, all of you are first in line for panpipes and even Skype lessons on how to play them!
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Thank you all for getting this appeal past the thousand mark. The essential is now covered I think, barring unforeseens. Years since I did this sort of thing, if ever!
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 :(
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€1,060 of €1,600 goal

Raised by 9 people in 39 months
Created August 20, 2015
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39 months ago
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Junko Yamazaki
39 months ago
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Wishing you a successful trip!

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Antony D.....
39 months ago
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Good luck with the project. RP is the future of manufacturing! A

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Anonymous
39 months ago
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€500
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39 months ago
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Delaunay Françoise
39 months ago
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Pour toi, la musique, et parce que tout le monde chante sous la douche! Good luck Paul!

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Steve Giedosh
39 months ago
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Lets make this happen!!!! I wish it could be more but I hope it helps.

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