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KAZOO! The ultimate instrument

GUEST,clueless guest 15 Oct 02 - 10:45 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 15 Oct 02 - 11:29 PM
Nigel Parsons 16 Oct 02 - 05:32 AM
GUEST,sooz at work 16 Oct 02 - 08:08 AM
Snuffy 16 Oct 02 - 09:06 AM
53 16 Oct 02 - 09:19 AM
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Subject: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: GUEST,clueless guest
Date: 15 Oct 02 - 10:45 PM

What with the complaints about guitar threads started by 53, it is time to turn our attention to an instrument which has probably been played by more North Americans than any other- the peerless KAZOO!
Just ran across this advertisement in a catalogue that came to my door. My nostalgia is a-rising, and about to overflow!

THE ORIGINAL TIN KAZOO
"This is he original American kazoo, still made by the same factory using the original presses that were first installed in 1916. To play a kazoo you hum into it, you don't blow in it. The kazoo amplifies your hum and adds a unique supporting tone [just like bagpipes?]. And, of course, you can get several people together to create a kazoo orchestra. One of the world's most economical instruments. Measures 5" overall. 45K15.39 The Original Tin Kazoo- $3.95."

For the experts out there, I have several technical questions. Has anybody modified their KAZOO by customizing the holes? What mouthpiece is most adaptable? What is the best amplifying system to use with your KAZOO? James Galway has a golden flute. Do any of you play a 14 karat KAZOO? (Please furnish address). Do you provide your instrument with a velvet bag, or is a hard case preferred? What are the problems a KAZOO may have when acting as soloist with a Tex-Mex conjunto? Do airlines allow you to bring your KAZOO on board in hand luggage?
I have many more questions- about fingering techniques, repertoire, and et cetera!
I will re-post and refresh as thoughts come to me.
Enthusiastic amateur hoping to become a professional musician; anxiously awaiting your advice!


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 15 Oct 02 - 11:29 PM

There is a recent thread on kazoos here. Many of the questions you ask were answered on it. However, regarding the question, "Do airlines allow you to bring your KAZOO on board in hand luggage?", the answer is, "No! You can't bring any kind of deadly weapon on board a commercial airliner! If they allow kazoos today, it'll be banjos and accordions tomorrow."


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 05:32 AM

Ideal instrument for that Glen Miller cassic about a girl called Alma:

"I got a girl in Ka-alma-zoo" *GDR*

Nigel


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: GUEST,sooz at work
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 08:08 AM

I taught my three year old great niece to play one when she visited me. She was so good at it, I let her keep mine to play in the car on the way home. (Only about an hour but the family aren't speaking to me yet!)


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: Snuffy
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 09:06 AM

At Banbury Folk Festival last week I sang Nelly The Elephant with the accompaniment of no less than THREE kazoos played by members of Shellback Chorus and The Laners. Wonderful (Trump Trump Trump)

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: 53
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 09:19 AM

Takamine maybe.


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: GUEST,greggle87
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 11:09 AM

What is peoples obsession with kazoos on this site??????


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: MMario
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 11:14 AM

The kazoo is the ultimate instrument after all! AND it's as close as I can come toplaying an instrument, because it is so close to singing...


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: GUEST,Hagbardr
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 11:21 AM

And besides, you can replace the diaphragm with a piece of screen and smoke pot out of it..... not that **I** would ever do that.... *cough* *cough*

--Hagbardr

Then you put the diaphragm back in and can play it again.


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: EBarnacle1
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 01:22 PM

It's also small enough to carry a couple in my concertina case so I can get some of the audience to come in on songs.


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: Kim C
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 01:24 PM

Mister plays a killer kazoo solo on Sheik of Araby. :-)


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 01:27 PM

I mentioned on the other thread that I'd just bought a friend a kazoo for his birthday (he did say the sound of it "brought tears to his eyes" so I thought he'd really appreciate such a thoughtful gift).
Anyway, I've discovered that a kazoo is indeed more evil than an alarm clock when enthusiastically played into your eardrum at 6.30am after a night's drinking. The bastard.


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: Wesley S
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 01:27 PM

If anyone should come across a pre-war { II - not the next one } kazoo in good condition please let me know. I'd prefer an O size. But I'd consider others in good condition.


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 03:00 PM

A CLOSE friend then Fib? In which case it surely should be LUCKY BASTARD *DARF*
Failte.....Giok


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: GUEST,Hille
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 03:12 PM

Yeeay! Kazzos love 'em - we did a Christmas special finale of Whole Lotta Love segueing into Little Donkey - Stomping! Of course one does need tuned kazoos for this, I usually play a G. And metal (not plastic) the choice of connoiseurs ...


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: Leadfingers
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 03:48 PM

Working on an arrangement of'CanI Kazoo You up the River'


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: Abby Sale
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 09:09 PM

Have a look at the kazoo guy. I saw much of his stuff at the Winter Park Street Art Festival. Unfortunately I didn't get to hear them since he was out having a pee when I got to his booth. But they were entered as wood art and were very much attractive. He also makes some fine looking dulcimers. (He uses black garbage bags.)


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 09:18 PM

New uses for the kazoo
Replacing the reeds or mouthpieses in woodwind and brass instruments.
ie. the kazoo-bone or kazoo-asson

New kinds of kazoos:
Yazoo kazoos, achoo-kazoos, bazookazoos.


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 10:56 PM

And no one has mentioned Austin and Lee Allen yet?   WELL, I'll fix that right now!

href="http://cdnow.com/cgi-bin/mserver/SID=552593342/pagename=/RP/CDN/FIND/album.html/artistid=ALLEN+BROTHERS/itemid=1306260">Allen
Brothers (The Chattanooga Boys)at CDNow

I don't think anybody has ever featured the kazoo to quite the extent that the Allens did on their 1927-34 recordings (all in print from Document, and readily available from Camsco and other fine retailers)


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 10:59 PM

Don't know what happened to that link. It worked when I tested it.

href="http://cdnow.com/cgi-bin/mserver/SID=612759175/pagename=/RP/CDN/FIND/album.html/artistid=ALLEN+BROTHERS/itemid=1306260">Allen
Brothers (The Chattanooga Boys) at CDNow


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 11:01 PM

Allen
Brothers (The Chattanooga Boys) at CDNow
Then there is the "old fashioned" way of making links.


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: GUEST,Dale (last one)
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 11:07 PM

No need to "explain" it all to me.   I got it figured out ~~ all by myself. It has to be the automatic line breaks.


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Subject: RE: KAZOO! The ultimate instrument
From: motleyjust
Date: 27 Jan 12 - 11:17 AM

for lots of kazoo information
http://kazoologist.org

for a bunch of kazoo enthusiasts to discuss with
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kazooz/


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