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Xaphoons - not a how to record, but a how to make it play question?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by paulears, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. paulears

    paulears Well-Known Member

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    I spotted these instruments -
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301916435170?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    Plastic recorder like things that take a reed, and sound like a sx/clarinet. Plenty of youtube clips showing a sort of nice sound, and comments on how easy to play they are.

    I have 3 saxophones, and aren't too shabby on them, but I can't get any sensible sounds out of this thing. The reed supplied looked like it had been chewed, and was clearly an alto reed - despite many comments on the net that they use tenor reads - this is definitely an Alto one.

    I tried the 2 ½ ones I normally use, and a 2 - but it's very breathy and I can only get a few notes. I'm wondering if I missed something, or maybe mine has some kind of defective moulding somewhere. It just doesn't play.

    Anyone else got one?

    I know it's not really a recording question, but I'd like to record it ............
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    As it happens, a pal of mine has one of those things. I had a blow on it using a plastic reed and managed to get a loud noise, but it wasn't very musical. The reed was Legere - he thought he got them from Amazon.
     
  3. paulears

    paulears Well-Known Member

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    I suspect I may have taken the youtube videos too literally - I wonder if the guy in the videos is actually just very, very good! I'll get there!
     
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    looks cool.
     

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