Introducing the Maui Xaphoon (pronounced “za foon”), a new instrument 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. Why own a Xaphoon?
* It will bring you JOY - Imagine being able to create a sense of community wherever you are - at a bus stop, in a cave, waiting in line, even a parking garage!
* It can be with you ALWAYS - A true portable instrument that can be carried everywhere - in your pocket, backpack, even up your sleeve!
* It will TURN HEADS - The Xaphoon is about two octaves lower than conventional flutes of the same length. Play it in an acoustic space and it will sound like a full-sized saxophone. Make friends while making spiritual music!
The original Xaphoons are hand-made of Bamboo, cut from the rain forests of East Maui by the instrument’s creator, Brian Wittman. A tenor saxophone reed, affixed to a built-in mouthpiece, is responsible for the instrument’s unique sound.
The Xaphoon has proven so popular worldwide that in the year 2000 an injection-molded Xaphoon called “The Pocket Sax” was created. Ideal for classrooms or students on a budget, this instrument (available in the key of “C”) sounds identical to the original bamboo instruments, retaining all of their richness and versatility.
Admittedly, the Xaphoon is not for everybody. They have the same learning curve as a saxophone, the mouthpiece is large and round, the fingering is different from anything you already know, and some may even be priced out of your league. But 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!
Just imagine… joy, spiritual expression, contentment, and meeting new people… all for the price of a good saxophone mouthpiece!