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The Maui Xaphoon “Bamboo Sax” From Hawaii

21 August 2006 — The Maui Xaphoon (pronounced “za foon”) is a “Bamboo Sax” for everyone who appreciates awesome sound but doesn’t want to schlep around a bulky instrument. The Xaphoon’s sound falls somewhere between a saxophone and a clarinet — a much richer sound than its size would suggest — and was born to be played wherever and whenever the mood strikes. The experienced player will find the Xaphoon capable of all the subtle shadings and vibrant power of a saxophone. The beginner will find it fun and easy, and good practice for other reed instruments.

There are 2 general types of Xaphoons available:

1) The original, hand-made instrument cut from bamboo growing wild on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The bamboo instruments come in a variety of keys, including C, Bb, and D.

2) A more affordable “Pocket Sax” made of high-impact ABS plastic. This very popular alternative to the original comes in the key of C and is available in a variety of colors.

A tenor saxophone reed, affixed to a built-in mouthpiece, is responsible for the instrument’s unique sound. All models possess a 2-octave, fully chromatic scale.

If you’re an independent thinker who can appreciate a truly unique and original instrument, the Xaphoon will become one of your most treasured belongings.
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