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Getting down to brass tacks

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Photo / Donna Coveney

Damian Burke, a sophomore in electrical engineering and computer science, learns about "Brass Instrument Making" as he constructs his own handmade replica of a 17th-century natural trumpet. Among other things, he and other students learned to solder silver, bend tubing, hammer a bell flare and burnish it to shape.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 26, 2000.

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