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

paulears

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Feb 7, 2014
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 ............
 

Boswell

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Apr 19, 2006
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 [="http://xaphoon.easystorecreator.net/items/xaphoon-products/legere-synthetic-reed-detail.htm"]Legere [/]- he thought he got them from Amazon.
 

paulears

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Feb 7, 2014
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!
 
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