Maker Faire Detroit: The Great American Horn Machine

| July 28, 2012 | Reply

Here at Make: Detroit, we are taking in all of the sights and a few of the sounds as well. First, I would like to tell you about the Great American Horn Machine. This beast has been gaining some publicity lately among the gadget and maker community, and I have now been able to witness the thing live. I must say it is loud but it is awesome. The sound output is said to be about 100db at 100ft and you can certainly hear the machine all around the campus of the faire. For starters is the compression tank. It’s a 620 gallon tank that holds a constant pressure of 100 psi. What kind of power do you need for that size of a tank? A 65 horsepower Hercules 1000 gas engine is powering the Ingersoll-Rand rotary screw compressor. When you get to the horns, there are a number of train and boat horns that are connected to a midi player that can spit out a ton of pre programmed songs for your listening pleasure. The largest horn comes from a former Navy ship and can be heard for 7 miles.

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