I Made an Electronic Piano!


Okay, it was just an easy little project that came with the soldering iron, but still, I am pretty pleased with myself. I have been wanting to do more with electronics for awhile now, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I bought a Learn to Solder Kit from Radio Shack the same time that we bought a bunch of Arduino supplies a while back. The boy and I sat down with our goodies, and I quickly became overwhelmed. I know, that is totally wimpy, but it was a lot of information! The kit didn’t include a clamp to hold the board, and for some reason, I found this to be an insurmountable problem. It was probably a combination of not wanting to spend any more money, and my brain being full because we had started with the Arduino, ;).

After a while, though, I remembered that my dad had actually given us a kit with a soldering iron and a glue gun, and sure enough, that kit included clamp. So, today I decided to just dive in and try to complete the project. What’s the worst that could happen? It wouldn’t work? I could deal with that.


This was meant to be a joint project with the boy, but just as I was sorting out the resistors, one of the neighborhood boys wandered by in front of our house, and he was out the door. I like it when he plays outside, so I told him to go ahead, but that I was going to go ahead and learn to solder without him.

It took me a bit to make sense of the instructions, since I am so not used to this type of project, but I figured I would just do the best I could and see what happened.

soldering in progress

 My joinings didn’t always look pretty, but they seemed to get the job done, and I got better as I went along.

front of board

It may not look super pretty, but the important thing is that when I had everything in place and plugged in the battery, it worked!

See? The light is on!

See? The light is on!

The boy came home right after I finished this project, and he has been writing songs on it ever since. I find it a bit loud, but as long as he stays in the other room, I am loving hearing him play the piano. I made it from a bunch of little parts with a power tool, ;).

Now I feel ready to start some more complicated projects. You know, just as soon as there is room in the budget to buy more supplies.

Have you done any soldering or electronics projects?

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