"Doc Kazoo", Editor & Kazoo Maker
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IN MEMORY OF MS. BARBARA STEWART
This years National Kazoo day celebrations is a mixture of joy and sadness. This past year we lost the First Lady Of Kazoos with the passing of Ms. Barbara Stewart. Barbara was the author of "How To Kazoo", Leader and Keeper of the Kazoo for Kazoophony and head of Kazoo America. She worked tirelessly for the establishment of an Official National Kazoo Day and recognition of the kazoo as America's National Instrument. She will be missed by kazooist around the world.
As tribute to Barbara this year I am making a dual resonator kazoo based on an old kazoo patent from last century. The inspiration for this kazoo design came from Kazoo Friends, cliff, captain kazoo and motley over at Yahoo Kazoo Group. Thanks guys and gal!!!
The Barbara Stewart Tribute Kazoo is finished and available now at My ArtFire Studio Shop. What really makes this kazoo special is it is the first one ever made, serial number 001 and the only one to bear the name "Barbara Stewart Tribute Kazoo". In fact it is the original, one of a kind, prototype of this beautiful dual resonator kazoo. All future kazoos made of this design will be called "The Hurricane". There will only be one "Barbara Stewart Tribute Aswego Kazoo" and that's this beautiful unique Aswego Kazoo.
So be sure and stop by and say hello. Tell everybody "Doc Kazoo" sent you!
THE NEW AND IMPROVED
HANDMADE ASWEGO RESONATOR MEMBRANE
This past year I have spent several months trying to develope a handmade contemporary style resonator membrane. For years I had always used the traditional manner of making these with plastic and beeswax.
Last summer I noticed a problem with an Aswego Kazoo Owner in Missouri when he left one of his kazoos inside an automobile with outside temps above 100F for a couple days. The membrane ceased to work properly. He sent me the kazoo and immediately upon removing the resonator cap it was apparent the wax seal had been effected by the heat. I also had a similar problem with one order that was shipped to a gentleman that lived in the mountains of Tennessee. Both kazoos had passed final testing just prior to shipping. I have come to the conclusion that the heat caused of the problems and altitude change the other.
It was pretty evident that since my kazoos get their resonator membrane installed at sea level in a moderate climate most times any change in temperature or altitude can have an effect on the beeswax seal. I decided to make my own paper framed comtemporary style resonator membrane that needs no beeswax seal.
Now this would sound like a simple task but let me tell you it wasn't. I lost count at the number of different paper/plastic combinations I tried before finding just the right paper and plastic of just the right thickness. After installing these new membranes on a couple kazoos I tested them for a few weeks with some very primitive prototype membranes while I searched for the proper tools for making them. One of these kazoo's I kept in the house and AC and the other in the workshop in the heat of summer with outside temps over 100F. The one in the house I would carry down to the shop once in a while and take it home at closing so it got more dramatic temperture changes.
The results were fantastic with both kazoos! No change in performance on either kazoo. Not only was this a better design from a performance standpoint it totally simplified the Kazooist replacing a membrane. I have now been installing these new membranes for a couple months with no problems whatsoever. Packages of these new replacement membranes are available at my ArtFire Shop now.
If you are the owner of an Aswego Kazoo with the traditional style resonator membrane design and would like a couple of these new membranes free send me a stamped, self addressed envelope and I will get some off to you.
You can also return your Aswego Kazoo for FREE replacement with a new membrane under your Lifetime Repair/Maintenance Service. Just pay round trip shipping.
For more info email me email@example.com
On some of my kazoo designs the paper frame on the new design membranes made need slightly trimmed for proper fit.
More important is the fact that I love being in the workshop making kazoos. Listening to the radio while working and occasionally having to stop work, grab a kazoo and play along with a tune on the radio. Life is good when I move slow but deliberate! As is said in "Zen Kazoo" there are many forms of reward greater than the material. A person with a book cannot always comprehend but with a kazoo they can always know.
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