A Bamboo Saxophone Player From Mexico

Over the weekend I happened to come across an interesting article written by travel writer Wade Shepard, in the travel blog Vagabond Journey. The Bamboo Saxophone Busker, is a very nice piece about a saxophone player in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico.

Malcolm is a musician who earns is living busking with a bamboo saxophone that he has made. While busking, he also sells his bamboo saxophones.

These horns are almost completely made of wood. The only metal on them are 2 screws which secure a brace to the bow and body tube.

Now in case you’re wondering what this instrument might sound like, check out this clip from YouTube. It is of Malcolm playing one of his bamboo saxophones.

Now if that doesn’t convince you that much of the sound of our horns comes from the shape of the bore, rather than the material of the instrument itself, I don’t know what will.

Be sure to read Shepard’s article on Malcolm to find out about the reed and mouthpiece; where Malcolm learned his skills; and a lot more.

Oh, and in case you were wondering what the price was on this interesting bamboo saxophone, Malcolm offered one to Wade Shepard for just under $50. Not a bad price at all. Think about that the next time you go to drop $500 on a mouthpiece that has the name Hollywood or New York stamped on it. :devil1:

…this is just my blog. My “real” website is www.bassic-sax.info. If you’re looking for sax info, you should check it out too.There’s lots there!

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Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.

One Comment:

  1. I appreciate the sax and would like to build a bamboo. Do you know any good website that teaches building measures with the holes and other details? Thanks

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