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Swanee

Sazzafone
Built by Swanee, England. Also see the Swanee Sax and Swanee Whistle.
Swanee
N/A
Other
1927
England
N/A
N/A
3
39.9
Notes on this instrument

Essentially a very big kazoo! It took me a while to find out how to play this instrument.

I was very happy to finally find a good swanee slide saxophone, in London. I was even more thrilled when I found the method book that came with it. I was in shock when I found out on the back page (seen below) that they actually made more instruments, because for me, that meant I also had to find those for my collection. Fortunately, that also worked out!

German magazine ‘Rohrblatt’ published one of my articles, in which I also talk about the Swanee instruments. You can read it here.

 

The instrument being played
Salzgitter, Germany, 2022

 

The instrument being played
Tholen, Netherlands, 2014

 

The instrument being played
with Leo van Oostrom, and Martien Maas at the piano, in Salzgitter, Germany, 2022

 

The instrument being played The instrument being played The instrument being played

 

Method book for the instrument
the original Swanee Sax method book, cover

 

Method book for the instrument
the original Swanee Sax method book, back page, with the mentioned advertisement

*the construction year of this instrument is an estimate

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