Making your own musical instruments can be fun and also something to share or make for a gift, and a fine example of this has been documented by Instructables user "artsyengineer". They have created a piano-like capacitive touch sensor key system that allows for eight different basic tones, and show how to make the finished product in either a basic and inexpensive cardboard enclosure - and supply the template to make a laser-cut case if you're more enthusiastic about the project. Furthermore they explain how to make a simple amplifier circuit in order to get some seriously loud sounds happening. A quick demonstration is shown in the following video:
That's a lot of fun and would be great to share with younger people - so visit the project page to find out more. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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