Xaphoon [Pocket Sax]
- Laurence Libin
Trademark for a single-reed, keyless bamboo aerophone invented about 1973 by Brian Wittman in Maui, Hawaii, and later patented in the USA (D262,035) and Japan (668,249). Ordinarily pitched in B♭, C, or D, it employs a tenor saxophone reed with standard metal ligature, and produces a two-octave chromatic scale sounding one octave lower than a recorder of equivalent length, about 32 cm for the C instrument. It overblows at the 12th. Its tone, described as a cross between a saxophone’s and clarinet’s, and its relatively easy fingering have found favour among some popular musicians as well as amateurs. The name Xaphoon derives from another made-up word, ‘bamboozaphone’. In ...