Hello again!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on stretching out the tenor drone top model into the bass drone top. I figured this would be easy, because as I mentioned, I thought it was as simple as just stretching out the tenor drone top to the length of the bass drone top.

This was not the case…

I struggled to figure out a way that I could get the right dimensions for the bass drone from what I already had with the tenor- the bore of the bass drone is slightly wider, which messed with the thickness of the drone, and I needed to go back and adjust quite a bit of the original sketch.

The above sketch is a bit of a mess, but I promise it makes sense. A lot of the measurements are taken from my pipes, and optimized through OnShape’s tools. What I mean by this is:

Digital Learning Support Director Jerry Slezak sat down with me, and guided me through some of the rough patches in designing this piece. He told me about the engineering courses he has taken, and how he would’ve thought through this problem himself. His insight was incredibly helpful, and pushed me past the roadblock when I struggled to convert the tenor into the bass.

Today, I also started the beading and combing- this was a bit easier than I had thought it would be, as I remembered one of the tools (the Linear Pattern tool) that I used for the chanter project this time last year.

It was a bit tedious, and I am running out of time to finish it up today, but I am impressed with how it looks so far!

Finishing the beading and combing won’t take too much longer, and then I should be able to get all three tops printed and ready for testing!

¡Hasta luego!

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