How to Make a Homemade Saxophone Out of PVC Pipe

by Cara Batema Google

Plumbers traditionally use PVC pipe, but its many uses extend to the realm of making instruments. PVC pipe is inexpensive and durable, and you can use it to make musical instruments, such as a xylophone or flute, but it is possible to make a saxophone. This instrument features five or more holes and an attached pipe you slide to change the pitch. Use a saxophone mouthpiece and reed to achieve a sound that differs from a PVC flute.

Items you will need

  • PVC pipe
  • Saw
  • Tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Pencil or marker
  • Drill
Step 1

Saw two tubes of PVC pipe, to 33 inches. One should be 1/2-inch PVC and the other 3/4-inch PVC.

Step 2

Put the smaller tube inside the larger one and test how it slides inside. If the larger tube moves too easily, wrap some tape around the smaller diameter pipe.

Step 3

Cut the top of the smaller tube at an angle and smooth with sandpaper. Test the mouthpiece (a tenor saxophone mouthpiece is best) for fit.

Step 4

Place your hand around the thinner tube and mark where your fingers fall. Mark these places with a pencil or marker.

Step 5

Drill holes about 1/8 inch diameter where you marked on the tube. Only drill on the top of the tube and not all the way through. Use sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.

Step 6

Blow through the mouthpiece and put your fingers over the holes to change notes. Slide the larger tube to adjust the pitch.

About the Author

Cara Batema is a musician, teacher and writer who specializes in early childhood, special needs and psychology. Since 2010, Batema has been an active writer in the fields of education, parenting, science and health. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and creative writing.

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