DIY PVC organ flue pipe successful!

After reading a lot about how an organ works – which is vastly more complicated than I had originally thought, I decided it was going to be too difficult and too expensive to explore the precise science of organ making myself.

I tried making several variations of organs using cardboard using this youtube tutorial:


all variations were failures. The PVC pipe i made form the instructables video was also a failure. After combing through every search about organ flue pipes, i thought i had exhausted all of my DIY flue pipe resources. But then I stumbled across a 3D printed flue pipe attachment! Making a musical instrument requires years of practice building things from raw material and a fairly in depth understanding of the physics of sound, but 3D printing offers precision. The 3D printer allowed me to continue my project by jumping the hurdle of precision wood working skills.

Thingiverse user Japa posted this creative commons file

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PVC organ flue converter (Japa) / CC BY 3.0
I modified it to fit a 1″ diameter section of PVC piping as well as modified the mouth piece so that a rubber tube can feed air into it.
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The build took 3.5 hours to make and worked immediately once I hooked it up to a piece of PVC. The next step will be to test whether or not an  artificial air source will produce a noise.

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