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The “Instrumental Oddities” t-shirt.

Featuring unique, one-of-a-kind, obsolete and otherwise lesser-known or strange-sounding instruments, you’ve likely heard of a few of those featured on this shirt, such as the musical saw or the Jew’s harp. But what about the Gruyèrophone, Claghorn, Daxophone or the Shulberry? And what's an Aquaggaswack? You can help pull these eclectic noisemakers out of obscurity by proudly displaying them on this shirt. I’ve provided a key to all the instruments at the bottom of this page.

***Item Description:

Hand screen printed with black ink on an Alternative Apparel style aa4020 "petal" colored shirt. These tshirts are lightweight, comfortable and ultra soft. This and all other images in my shop are my own original creations.

This listing is for a women's size XL: Chest 36-38"; Waist 30-32"; Hips 36-38" (Shirt pictured is a small)

(Shirts are form fitting.)

Multiple shirts ship at no extra cost.

For more size and color options, click on my shop home page: http://phippsart.etsy.com
Once there, you can browse by size using the menu on the right.

Key to the instruments:

*Aquaggaswack- Pan lids take on a new life as gongs and bells. Only a portion of this grand set of miscellaneous gongery fit onto the t-shirt.
*Australian Fences- Says violinist Jon Rose “A lot of people just look at fences as fences – [I] see millions of miles of musical instruments.”
*Bladder Pipe- The predecessor to the bagpipe, made from a pig’s bladder. Great for background entertainment during a meal of haggis and potatoes.
*Claghorn- Created by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, the Claghorn is the “offspring of an unlikely midnight pairing of ethnic bamboo flute and a saxophone mouthpiece. At the bottom was taped the plastic bell end of a child's toy trumpet,” held together with parcel tape. The Tull tune “"Dharma for One" soared on the searing strains of the mighty Claghorn, if a little loosely in terms of pitch and reliability”.
*Clappers- Fairly basic, ancient percussion instruments- also good for extinguishing torches.
*Cloud-Chamber Bowls- The invention of composer Harry Partch, these are played with soft mallets and produce a bell-like tone. Due to their fragile, glass composition, it is not recommended to “rock out” on these.
*Crumhorn- A renaissance-era J-shaped woodwind, somewhat similar in sound to the common duck.
*Daxophone- Invented by Hans Reichel, a variety of wooden tongues can be attached to the body and be bowed or plucked to produce a wide variety of VERY unique sounds.
*Drumbone- One of the many instruments created and played by the Blue Man Group. Played like a drum, altered in pitch like a trombone.
*Dubreq Stylophone- A miniature stylus-operated synthesizer invented in 1967. Pull this one out when there’s a lull in the party.
*Gruyèrophone (aka Swisscheesophone)- Unique to the French experimental band Dün, wind player Pascal Vandenbulcke used to describe the Gruyèrophone as "a wind instrument … with a tuba mouthpiece and a square-shaped bell into which small bits of Swiss cheese are introduced. The technique is not unlike that of the bagpipe. When the player is tired of blowing the instrument, the small holes in the swiss cheese then burst, taking over from the performer and allowing him to catch his breath".
*Jew’s Harp (aka Mouth Harp)- Probably the least obscure instrument to make the shirt. Be careful not to chip a tooth!
*Kudu Horn- Um, the horn of a Kudu. Animal horns have been used as instruments for many, many years. This one made the shirt mostly because of it’s unique, twisted shape.
*Lagerphone- An Australian instrument covered in beer-bottle tops- a variation of the traditional aboriginal instrument using shells.
*Musical Saw- I once “borrowed” my sister’s violin bow to see if I could get any sound out of our saw, and without much success. It probably did a number on her bow, too.
*Octavin- A single-reed woodwind invented in 1893. It never caught on, which would make it that much cooler if you decide to learn to play it.
*Quena- If you live in the Andes, this isn’t so obscure to you. The phrase "vamos a ir a la quena" may still bring back some painful memories…
*Rastrophone- Italian film composer Mario Nascimbene devised a percussive instrument which he termed the Rastrophone. It gave a great thud sound with a creepy bone rattling type after effect. In 1981 he revealed that the Rastrophone was actually a garden rake.
*Shulberry- Dave Zammit, once sound engineer for the 70’s progressive rock band “Gentle Giant”, explains that the band asked him to make an instrument for concerts that “had 3 strings that could be tuned to the chord used at the beginning and within the song Playing the Game, thus making it unneccessary to purchase a Marimba as was used on the Album”.
*Theremin- You’ve heard this in your favorite B-movies, much to the chagrin of the more serious players. Pitch and volume are controlled by the hands’ relative position to two metal antennas.
*Tromboon- "Professor" Peter Schickele called it "a hybrid —that's the nicer word— constructed from the parts of a bassoon and a trombone; it has all the disadvantages of both.” (Look up “P. D. Q. Bach”).
*Wal Triple-Neck Bass- Created at Rick Wakeman’s request and eventually given to his Yes bandmate Chris Squire. “What’s the point?”, many ask when they see its apparent excess. Listen to the track “Awaken” and you’ll get the point.
*Whamala- A single-stringed electronic instrument inspired by the washtub bass, made famous by Les Claypool of Primus.
*Zither- Many cultures have their version of this stringed instrument. But what can be cooler than one shaped like a crocodile?

Frequently asked questions about ScatterbrainTees

They are "fashion tees", which are higher quality (and cost us more!) than an average tee, and they do run small! It's best to the size charts shown in the photos or description of each shirt listing. The men's shirts run a bit small, and the women's shirts are form fitting and run even smaller. If in doubt, measure a shirt that you know fits and compare it to the size chart.
Our focus is on the original art of artist and shop owner Michael Phipps. Custom designs take a very long time to prepare and print, so printing a single shirt or small run with a special design is very expensive and not practical. Your best bet is to find a local print shop with a DTG (direct to garment) printer, which is best suited for this type of work.
We do! The art is all original and is screen printed right here in our shop! We take the DIY aesthetic to the extreme.
Probably! Please write us and let us know what you'd like.

SALE Instrumental Oddities t-shirt on petal ..... Women's Extra Large tee


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