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Check out Ranjit’s homemade reed instrument, the Saxamaphone –

I cut the stick in half the long way and chiseled out a rectangular trench in one half. I clamped the two halves together while I made the mouthpiece (which is coated with lemon oil and olive oil to protect it from spit) and tested the first reed. Then I glued the halves together and drilled the finger holes, and made a bunch more reeds.

In this sound sample, he tries out a number of different reeds. Impressive sound – especially for a stick! – Link

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

  • Max

    Now do a tubamaba!


    that’s one great anaLOG instrument.

  • Jason

    I see what you did there…