There are several things that make this a totally new design. First this kazoo actually starts out with four separate parts. As in a standard kazoo there is a kazoo body and resonator cap. Unlike a standard kazoo there is also a vent hole air "scoup" shaped like the hood scoup for an automobile. Next there is a mouth hole size reducer. The scoup and reducer are permanently attached to the kazoo body.
This kazoo starts out with an over size mouth hole similar to my Spirit Chaser Kazoos. This also enlarges the air chamber beneath the resonator cap. I then install the mouth hole reducer which results in a standard size mouth hole.
The air scoup is also permanently attached over the vent hole at a location which provides the best sound and control. This kazoo has the vent hole exiting the bottom of the kazoo so the scoup also prevents the vent hole from being accidentally covered when playing the kazoo.
When positioning the air scoup over the vent hole I discovered that as I moved the location of the scoup in different locations over the vent hole there was a dramatic change in the quality of the sound produced when I hummed and moved the scoup. Once I identified the location that provided the best sound it was permanently attached in that location.
I compare this effect with that of having "tuned headers" on an automobile engine. Where the headers are providing the optimum exhaust pressure for engine performance my kazoo scoup does the same thing for the air passing through the vent hole. So in terms of tuned performance this is an "old kazoo maker tuned kazoo"!
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