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Since they already have Shakuhatchi headjoints for flute (Shakulute), how about someone coming up with a sax/clarinet headjoint for a flute -- a Xaphoolute :wink: ?
I am a little confused regarding what plastic Xaphoons are available. According to the Xaphoon web site (and other things that I have read or watched), the plastic ones are only available in 'C', and they span the same octaves as a 'C' recorder. They run about $80. But I also see ads for Bb and Eb plastic Xaphoons, running about $35. Are those smaller models?
Has anyone every played a Xaphoon? Looks like fun actually. Pretty pricy though for the buy and forget types.
Take a look at this 5 1/2 minute TED Talks video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BISrGwN-yH4 !
From scratch, the lecturer, Linsey Pollak, starts with a raw carrot, and, in a few minutes, creates a Carrot Sax with great tone. He plays a piece on it.
It sounds very saxxy, but he says that, technically, it is a clarinet because it has a straight bore rather than a conical one.
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It is a lot cheaper than a Xaphoon, with a short shelf life, but good tone and a great conversation piece. It looks like fun!
It wouldn't work. A flute has a cylindrical bore so it would overblow at the 12th. There aren't enough keys to fill the gap between registers.
I've always been told that recorders were more properly referred to as "fipple" flutes, ...
In the accompanying illustration of the head of a recorder, the wooden fipple plug (A), with a "ducted flue" windway above it in the mouthpiece of the instrument, ...