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I thought, and still do think, that Lemon was a very good guitarist. Gary disagreed. (laughter) Gary started to play a very accurate pastiche of Lemon's Black Snake Moan, and Gary just opened his mouth and let out with this incredible blood curdling scream, and then he stops and says, "Man, he couldn't have sung no louder if someone was cutting his throat". He was merciless - Reverend Gary Davis, by Dave Van Ronk

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Offline ozrkreb

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2013, 11:00:39 AM »
I have been collecting/playing kazoos for many years, and I would say that that Clarke kazoo is the best by far. It is made of tin and has that vintage look to it, similar to the old trumpet kazoos from the early 1900's. You can get them for a very reasonable price from Kazoobie. One of the best attributes is that you can adjust the tightness of the membrane holder. This allows you to change the sound in a way that is impossible with a plastic kazoo or one of the cheap metal kazoos with the red bottom.

My go-to kazoo is a jazzophone from the early 1900's. It has a great sound and a very cool look that makes people wonder what you're playing. You can occasionally find one on ebay, but they often go for a good amount of money.

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Offline unezrider

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2013, 11:03:06 AM »
john,
i believe that line belongs in the quote generator! well done!
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Offline harriet

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2013, 01:17:29 PM »
This thread motivated me to check out what was being played on the Big Joe Williams/Sonny Boy Williams mp3 collection - maybe its well known if not - he played a kazoo.
« Last Edit: April 28, 2013, 03:17:07 PM by harriet »

Offline CF

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2013, 02:55:32 PM »
I used to use the plastic kazoos, they sounded great but the membrane had a tendency to come loose in the middle of a solo . . . the metal ones are made better & I've never had that happen with them. I've been wondering about a kazoo sponsorship, is that possible? :)
« Last Edit: April 28, 2013, 05:24:48 PM by cheapfeet »
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Offline Gumbo

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2013, 04:31:59 PM »
Is that a Cactarse, Pan?

I have a metal one (like the one Pan posted above) that I use for photos (it takes a lot more effort to play but looks good) and a super cheap plastic one for gigs.

Offline slideaway

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2013, 05:04:37 PM »
is that bolivian tin or guatemalan?  :P  seriously interesting thread .. i have had a few goes at the kazoo .. I like the tin, but wish there was one with a plastic (food grade?) mouthpiece, or whatever wind instruments mouthpieces are made of?  Q. if the harp is the mississippi saxaphone, ... then the Kazoo is the ....... trumpet?

Offline BottleneckJohn

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2013, 12:31:14 AM »
I really dig the kazoo!  :)
I try to play mine in every gig nowadays, it sure deserves a spot in a few songs being such a classic instrument in blues and jazz..

Here's two of mine:




"All Around Man" - Re-release on vinyl LP in April 2015!!
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Offline Jimmy J

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2013, 03:35:35 AM »
The kazoo was my symphonic secret weapon, for years.

I've now largely replaced it with diatonic harmonicas, which, let's face it, are a hell of a lot more musical.
 
However, there a a few songs yet in my repertoire that won't fit inside the diatonic scale. So, for Dream A Little Dream Of You, I still kazoo.

I'm quite fond of my duck call, too, you know. I never leave home without it. It works great with kids and dogs. They love it. For some reason, though, I've never had much success with it with ducks, or women...
« Last Edit: May 09, 2013, 03:37:33 AM by Jimmy J »
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Offline BlindSockeyeSalmon

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2013, 01:03:40 PM »
If you can carry a tune, you can play the Gahoon!

NOT a humming toy!

« Last Edit: May 11, 2013, 07:51:23 AM by BlindSockeyeSalmon »
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Offline thickpete

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2013, 05:34:35 AM »
That's a great ad!

But can 9 out of 10 folks really get a tone out of a sax mouthpiece in their first ten minutes??! Would love to see an account or clip from someone who's played this! Was this real or a cereal box disappointment?

Offline Stumblin

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2013, 09:26:44 AM »
Sax mouthpiece & a length of some kind of spring?
That's amazing and the name is like something straight out of Dr. Seuss.
Thanks for sharing that.

Offline BlindSockeyeSalmon

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2013, 03:53:27 PM »
Sax mouthpiece & a length of some kind of spring?
That's amazing and the name is like something straight out of Dr. Seuss.
Thanks for sharing that.

My pleasure. And please note that it is not a whistling gadget.
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Offline Rivers

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #27 on: May 12, 2013, 06:44:43 PM »
Since it can play Carmichael I'd like to request a gahoon orchestral arrangement of 'Stardust' with baritone, tenor and alto gahoon parts. Or perhaps more appropriate to the instrument, Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2013, 06:37:25 PM »
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Offline Slack

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Re: Kazoos!
« Reply #29 on: May 15, 2013, 08:17:07 AM »
I think I'll wait for Kazoobie to make a Gahoon Cajones model.

That is a great ad, the only hyperbole I can detect is the phrase "The more you play, the better you become."

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