Often, people ask me if they can buy a daxophone from me. The answer is: yes! There are not many places where you can find a daxophone! My instruments are informed by my studies with the daxophone’s inventor, Hans Reichel. I am very enthusiastic about helping the world learn about this wonderful instrument. One day, I hope to work with the keepers of daxophone lore to create a real Hans Reichel Foundation, and when that foundation exists, I intend to donate a percentage of my daxophone sales to it. Until that day comes, my customers support my ongoing development and livelihood. I think the world should have more daxophones in it. If you agree, read on!
to purchase a daxophone, read below to learn what i have available. once you figure out what works for you, please contact me:
daniel.fiction AT gmail DOT com
The tongue is the soul of the daxophone. If you already have a daxophone soundboard, this option will be perfect for you. I use handtools, the CNC machine, and creative glue-ups to create wild daxophone tongues with a great variety of sound. Perhaps you’ve been playing already for a few years, and are looking for new sounds? Buy a new tongue. A new shape or wood reveals a musical world!
I don’t often work with specific requests for wood or shapes because of the inherent variability of the daxophone. The plain fact is: even identical wood species sound different from tree to tree, and the surfaced edges and thickness of the tongue have as much to do with overall sound as does the overall shape. But if you’re curious, we can talk about wood! At present I am have been designing tongues with the domestic lumbers of North America: claro walnut and black walnut, maple, sycamore, catalpa, ash, mulberry, oak, and yew. I also build a lot of daxophones made from precious rosewoods and some more common tropical woods, such as padauk, wenge, and mahogany. You may inquire about particular woods if you are curious, and depending on what’s on the bench, I may be able to accommodate you.
This option gets you a random shape and random wood choice. Please write me with your purchase to distinguish particularities about tone and sound—whether you want a good instrument for playing “melodies”, or whether you need a noisemaker.
This ratio isn’t exactly mathematical, but for every 10 daxophone tongues that I build, I end up with 1 “premium” tongue—a stellar instrument that makes music like no other. a unicorn in the woodpile. These may be made from costly, rare timbers such as chestnut, Brazilian Rosewood…But this is only part of the story—it’s not merely about the wood species. I’ve built dozens of tongues from walnut and discovered upon a few exceptional creatures in this domestic lumber. The same goes for Tulipwood, a more exotic lumber in which I’ve worked extensively—many tongues, but a few miracles. If you order a “premium tongue”, the upcharge will give you one of these special instruments!
Tongue Sampler Package
People often ask: how do I know which tongues to buy? The truth is that I send many tongues to the customer, and the customer selects the tongues they want. For example, if you purchase 7 tongues. I will send a batch of 12 tongues to you—you can try them out and find the instruments that speak to you. This batch will include at least 1-2 “premium” instruments. Note the quantity discount.
Student Model Daxophone
The “Student Model” daxophone is great for beginners, who really want to hear the instrument sing, but don’t necessarily have the woodworking skills to build their own instrument. I devised this model from early documentation about the daxophone from Hans Reichel’s writing and pictures. It is a small wooden box with piezo microphones, which can be clamped to any table, making a simple but effective daxophone soundboard.
The student model includes:
1) Soundbox (with piezo elements installed)
3) Three tongues.
If you want to get serious about the daxophone, this is the way to go. This hand-carved version of the daxophone offers superior ergonomics and practicality. It looks beautiful, too. To play this instrument, you stabilize it by sitting upon the soundboard. I can make this model a doubleneck, which allows you to play multiple tongues simultaneously. This model also features the elaborately carved wooden clamp, which holds the tongue steady in position, and also makes changing tongues quick.
The Starship model includes:
1) Daxophone Soundboard (doubleneck option available, as well as hinged version available. note: hinge version includes a $300 upcharge.)
3) Seven tongues!
In addition to these offerings, I also teach daxophone building workshops, which might be a good intermediary solution for handy people that want to further develop their woodworking skills, but need a little guidance.