08-29-2013 05:23 PM
Wow there looks to be quite a bit of diy instruments I didnt even know existed! haha. And you are correct, I was completely unaware of the entire concept of a jingling johnny untill hearing (and seeing) Rend Collective play it. It definitely shines a whole new light on folk music for me!
08-30-2013 03:18 AM - edited 08-30-2013 03:24 AM
You are doing very well, so far ! I am planning to build a Teufel Stick, which is a related instrument. I already have the walking stick that I will use, and also a hard plastic, realistic-looking human skull, to mount atop the stick. (The hallmark of a teufel stick is a skull or demon head attached at the top !). I'm thinking I will use a bass guitar string, stretched over a tambourine or some other adhoc resonator, with an actual bass tuning peg attached to the stick, to adjust tension. Not sure when I will begin work... there are so many other item's on my 'to do' list. I'd like to try to make my own reco-reco, too.
Here is a link with some lagerphones and teufel sticks: http://www.apex.net.au/~keiths/Lagerphones/interna
(Lagerphones use beer bottle caps for jingles... hence the name.)
09-16-2013 05:01 PM
09-16-2013 07:14 PM - edited 09-16-2013 07:14 PM
Do you have a Tractor Supply Company store in your neighborhood ? Great place to pick up springs of varying lengths and thicknesses, and anything else the aspiring DIY percussion-builder may need.
10-12-2013 02:46 PM
First, I want to say thank you for putting up all the detail about how you made your JJ. I first saw your post a couple of weeks ago after I started researching the subject. I play lead guitar in a church worship band; we decided to cover Rend Collective's, Build Your Kingdom Here, I found your plans, and decided to give it a go myself.
With a few modifications, my JJ looks almost like yours. I wrapped the handle to give it a little personality and I used screen door springs. I packed the pie plates and used strap braces to help stabliize the seam between the table legs and attach the back plate to the frame. . .plus I mounted my plates higher.
The sound of my JJ is pretty good, likely more treble than yours because of the lighter springs but all in all, pretty nice. Thanks again for your post; it made my build a lot easier than it would have been otherwise.
10-13-2013 07:50 AM
Nice job, papadoc !! You will get a lot of satisfaction performing on an instrument that you designed and built yourself. Isn't it a riot, shopping around a hardware store for 'musical' supplies ? I like the "Y" concept you used with the springs. When you say you 'packed' the pie plates, does that mean you put some shot or seeds or something in there, for maraca-ish effect ? That's a fairly common practice when making these. Are you a veteran DIY percussion builder, or is this your maiden voyage ? Either way, I know you'll have fun jamming on your stick --- your audiences will love it too !!
12-13-2013 06:47 PM
12-13-2013 06:50 PM - last edited yesterday
I used a wheelbarrow handle and cut it down. I actually had the springs sitting in the basement. I got the pie tins from Bed Bath and Beyond and filled them with a couple handfuls of popcorn.
The bell is smaller than I wanted, but for $1 at the Goodwill store I won't complain. The wood block is actually the bottom of a mortar and pestle I got at the same Goodwill store for $2
I am looking forward to banging away on it at church. I have seen a few videos and noticed some people use a drum stick and others are using a thinner longer rod of some sort. Just curious what everyone else is using.
Thanks again for the great page, My wife thinks I am goofy, but I think it is great. It was fun to build too!
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