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Offline Lonewind

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Tips to Adding Sound to Your PVC Saber
« on: July 14, 2009, 10:18:13 AM »
Hi All,

I would like to share a few tips on how to add sound to your PVC saber. 


Tips to Adding Sound to Your PVC Saber Hilt


Here is a technique I used to add a Master Replicas sound board and speaker to a PVC saber - with this method, you can have an inexpensive hilt with great sound.

The key here is to use 2 different kinds of PVC:
1. Blade Holder : I use the gray electrical conduit PVC for the blade holder since it has a tighter inside diameter to better hold the blade.
2. Saber Body  : since the gray conduit PVC s too tight to hold the MR sound board and a 4 AAA battery pack - this is where I use the white plumbing PVC for the main body.

Where does the speaker go?  I house the speaker in the end cap.

For the speaker, I just cut it off the Master Replicas battery pack assembly with a dremel tool. 


Here is a snapshot:


Make sure you use a screw to secure the end cap to your saber body and drill some sound holes.

I used a sink strainer as a stencil for the sound hole layout.



Note: this method works in the same way for an "economy" sound board/hasbro toy saber sound board.

I use 1" schedule 40 PVC tubing.

Here is a photo that shows the differences in the inner diameter:

Link to this pic: http://i662.photobucket.com/albums/uu348/Lonewind2009/Parts/PVCPipeCrossSectionSamples.jpg


Have fun!
Cheers!
Lonewind

Offline wookieecrisp

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Re: Tips to Adding Sound to Your PVC Saber
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009, 12:39:26 PM »
Nice job on the tutorial! I'm sure many people will learn from it! ;) ;)

Offline Goodman

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Re: Tips to Adding Sound to Your PVC Saber
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2009, 02:22:33 PM »
Hey, that's pretty neat! Thanks for posting, I'm sure it will help many.
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