Macumbista Soundbox (2022)

Build of the Macumbista Soundbox, a contact mic-based resonant feedback instrument.

My version has two additions (thanks to Chester W. for guidance):

Also, the schematic specifies a 1-20W speaker and 50k potentiometer, but I used 0.5W and 100k, which I had on hand, and it seems to work.

To build the contact mic, follow basic mic building instructions in e.g. Handmade Electronic Music, then solder a metal coil to the brass part of the piezo. Clip or rest an additional metal coil to the built-in one to add more complex beating patterns and modulations.