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PVC Alphorn Parts:

For the 3rd Alphorn Build

The parts list starts with the bell end and progresses toward the mouthpiece.

All parts except the 45° Street Elbow and 3" x 2" Reducer Coupling were purchased at Home Depot, Shoreline, WA.

The Elbow and Coupling were purchased at Ferguson Plumbing Supply, Shoreline, WA.

Bell Parts

4" x 3" PVC Sewer/Drain Coupling $2.98
3" PVC DWV 45° Street Elbow $5.31
3" x 2" PVC DWV Reducer Coupling $4.40

Section 1

Part Price / Segment
Pipe: 2" x 10' PVC40 PE Pipe /
24" piece [4 pieces/pipe]
$8.24 / $2.06
Connector: 2" PVC Coupling S x S $1.14
Connector: 2" x 1-1/2" PVC Reducer Bushing SPG x S $2.08

Section 2

Part Price / Segment
Pipe: 1-1/2" x 10' PVC40 PE Pipe / 24" piece [4 pieces/pipe] $5.94 / $1.49
Connector: 1-1/2" PVC Coupling S x S $0.82
Connector: 1-1/2" x 1-1/4" PVC Reducer Bushing SPG x FPT $1.40

Section 3

Part Price / Segment
Connector: 1-1/4" PVC Male Adapter S x MPT $1.14
Pipe: 1-1/4" x 10' PVC40 PE Pipe / 22.5" piece [5 pieces/pipe] $5.42 / $1.08
Connector: 1-1/4" PVC Coupling S x S $0.78
Connector: 1-1/4" x 1" PVC Reducer Bushing SPG x S $1.44

Section 4

Part Price / Segment
Pipe: 1" x 10' PVC40 PE Pipe / 21" piece [5 pieces/pipe] $3.90 / $0.78
Connector: 1" x 3/4" PVC Female Adapter S x FPT $1.14

Section 5

Part Price / Segment
Connector: 3/4" PVC Male Adapter S x MPT $0.48
Pipe: 3/4" x 10' PVC40 PE Pipe / 20" piece [4 pieces/pipe] $2.66 / $0.53
Connector: 3/4" PVC Coupling S x S $0.46
Connector: 3/4" x 1/2" PVC Reducer Bushing SPG x S $0.59

Section 6

Part Price / Segment
Pipe: 1/2" x 10' PVC40 PE Pipe / 14" piece [8 pieces/pipe] $1.31 / $0.16
End Cap: 1/2" PVC40 Socket Cap (optional) $0.46

Total Price

Total Price for Complete Parts / with Sales Tax (10.1%) $52.09 / $57.35
Total Price for Segment Values / with Sales Tax (10.1%) $30.72 / $33.83

 

Note on Segment Values: I can use all the extra PVC pipe in home projects or building more alphorns.

The relative segment value is based on the number of pieces of the same length I could cut from the 10-foot pipe lengths (the minimum size PVC pipe lengths available at Home Depot). For example, the 10-foot length of 2-inch diameter pipe costs $8.24. I needed a 32-inch length. I could cut 3 of those lengths from the 10-foot (120-inch) pipe, for 96 total inches, with a 24-inch fourth piece leftover. I simply divided $8.24 by 3 (= c. $2.75) to calculate the value of a 32-inch segment of this 2" pipe.

 

Mouthpiece

[Already-Owned Bach 5C Trumpet or Trombone Mouthpiece] [Price N/A]
Materials for homemade wooden mouthpieces Price variable

 

 

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