Here are a few of the strange and unusual instruments and accessories I have collected over the years. Some sound great, others not so. Maybe I’ll record some soundclips one day…
Conn Clar-O-Sax – “A real musical instrument, not a toy”
A few people might dispute that marketing statement as there appear to be no known recordings of any band featuring one of these. perhaps I will have to remedy that situation.
Grafton Acrylic Alto
My first saxophone was a Grafton and I still have one today which I use from time to time, including on the track: Slink from Midnight in the Naked City. See the videoin which I alternate between the Grafton and a Buescher 400:
Betcha Plastic Reed
– possibly the first synthetic saxophone reed, circa 1950:
Made famous by Adrian Rollini and the Goofus Five. As soon as I get this in working order I will do some recording.
This is Couesnon’s answer to the Clarosax.
“British Made” saxaphone (sic) kazoo circa 1930
with Saxophone Mouthpieces, clarinet barrel and flute endstop
Casio Digital Horn:
This cost £110 back in the 80s. I’m waiting for it to become a collectors’ item as it looks so cool, but these days they can be had on ebay for about £110.
Maccaferri nylon tenor saxophone mouthpiece:
Walton adjustable mouthpiece
This looks quite normal until you look inside. It comes complete with a set of 5 different size baffles which can be screwed in and out for a brighter or warmer sound.
Conn tenor mouthpiece with tuning adjuster
Conn altos of the time had tuners on the neck, the tenors did not but this mouthpiece has a tuning device.
Henry Potter Fife
More rare saxophones on the Instruments page