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Bambus Xaphoon

The Pocketsax from Hawaii

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The Xaphoon

An Instrument for traveling

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The Xaphoon de Catalunya

The noble version of the Xaphoon

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The Standard Xaphoon

compact and variable

An Overwiew of the Instruments 

In addition to the original MAUI XAPHOON in its various keys, inventor Brian Lee Wittman has developed other Xaphoon types:

The STANDARD VERSION, made from ABS plastic, the COLORED Xaphoon, and the XAPHOON DE CATALUNYA, which is made of OAK or OLIVE wood.‬

standard xaphoon frei

Lowest sound c'
key of F
two octaves
a' 440 Hz
tenor saxophone reed overblows the clarinet, first overtone occuring at the twelfth

The Standard XAPHOON

The STANDARD XAPHOON is characterized above all by its precision. It was developed for schools, bands, ensembles and just for all of those people who want to have each instrument sound exactly the same. The Standard XAPHOON is produced in Indiana in the United States, with a high precision production process from the same material commonly used for clarinet, oboe, bassoon, as well as mouthpieces for many reed instruments. Due to its precise standardization, reasonable price, and extreme durability, the Standard XAPHOON is an ideal introduction to the Xaphoon instrument family. ‬

Above all, I recommend the Standard XAPHOON for the interplay with string and keyboard instruments, C or F flute. The C instruments are somewhat shorter than the Bb Xaphoons, which is an advantage for smaller hands. In my experience, children are able to learn to play the standard XAPHOON from about the age of 6. It depends on the size of the fingers because, even 3-4 year olds have enough blowing power to get a tone from the instrument. On this instrument, the pitches of C, F, and Bb major as well as a, d and g minor are the easiest to play.‬

The sound is more direct and somewhat stronger than that of the MAUI XAPHOON.‬

Here you can hear the comparison of sounds and learn from the fingering charts.

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