PVC Musical Instruments & How to Make Them Book

John Kovac Harps by Davy C

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 Make your own simple musical instruments out of easy-to-find PVC pipe! Some of the instruments you can make:

  • Harp
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Slide Guitar
  • Bass
  • and 12 more... (see below)

See the accompanying CD, "East Coast PVC Band" which comes with each book. The CD contains recordings of music made with all the PVC instruments illustrated in this book.

Also, see John Kovac's Solo CD, "Pipe Dreams" as performed on his own PVC Piper Harp creation, available by separate purchase.

The Book contains how to make instructions for instruments from 4 classifications of types of instruments:


  • Fiddle/Violin
  • Violincello (Cello)
  • Harp *
  • Slide Guitar
  • Talking Drone
  • Gut Bucket (Bumbass)


  • Slide Flute
  • Panpipes
  • Didgeridoo
  • Udu (Nigerian Talking Drum)
  • Bull Roarer


  • Mirliton (Kazoo)
  • Cuica (Brazilian Friction Drum)


  • Rhurtrummel (German Stir Drum)
  • Shaker
  • Rain Stick
  • Nail Violin

    * See our specific harp kits & harp accessories for strings and applicable hardware to help make the PVC harp in the book.

    The other stringed instruments' strings & hardware can be easily found in your local music & hardware stores but, not found on this website.

    Included designs are based on the following criteria:

    • The PVC parts should be readily available from any large or small hardware store.
    • Harp strings & tuners are readily available from here or any local music store.
    • Non-harp strings should be easily obtained from local music stores.
    • Should be inexpensive & easy to make in a short time.
    • Can be made with ordinary household tools.
    • Should all be fun and easy to play.

    Go to Harp Resources Page.

    Happy Creek Press, Virginia, USA

    Copyright 2003

    ISBN: 0-9668668-2-7