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Bollocks Jaw Harp

Metal Something that is sold as a Jaw Harp ;-(

Beware: Please do not buy this Jaw Harp!

We would like to introduce this piece of metal, that is produced and sold as a Jaw Harp by the American company Schylling. It's a curiosity in the Jew's Harps World that deserves some attention due to its weirdness!

As we opened the highly expected parcel from the US, we couldn't believe our eyes. What appeared was a coarsely bent piece of round steel, in which the way to thick reed was hammered in. The reed is awkwardly stamped with some numbers that brings it out of shape. The good news is that it doesn't matter to the sound, because there is no sound possible even with a straight reed. The arms of this wanna-be instrument have a distance of about 3 mm or more to the reed! Another peculiarity of this pseudo Jew's Harp is its twanger nipple at the reed-end that is bent inwards instead of outwards. Strange, isn't it?

We have absolutely no explanation, how this ridiculous thing could evolve. But even more dubious is, that it seems to be seriously sold as a jaw harp wich is close to fraud.


By the way, the Jew's Harp image on the packaging of the Schylling Jaw Harp shows the typical shape of a competitors (Smith) instrument. On Schyllings website another (very good) old Smith model is shown as the actual instrument. For us it look pretty much like willful deception (see images).

The only useful part is the short playing instructions that comes with the Schylling Jaw Harp which can be used well with real Jaw Harps.

Tuning Free Tuning
Jew's Harp Type Teeth Jew's Harp
Origin USA
Material Steel
Length approx. 7.0 cm (2.8")

Availability: In stock | Delivery time EU: 5-14 days, WORLD: 10-30 days

Availability: In stock | Delivery time EU: 5-14 days, WORLD: 10-30 days

99.00 € ¹
Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping

Sound Samples

REVIEWS

  • As bad as it soundsI picked one of these up for about £3 from a toyshop. It is next to worthless as a musical instrument, but may be of interest to a collector like myself.

    Warning: do NOT give this to a child! The tongue is extremely thick and heavy; it could easily break a tooth. The gap in the neck is also far too wide and so it produces no sound, and even if it did, the tongue is so thick that it stops vibrating almost immediately. No sustain to speak of!

    The only way to coax a noise out of this is to hold it against the LIPS, not the teeth (if you value them), and form a 'kissing' embouchure so that the tongue slaps lightly against them, making a kind of popping noise. Sounds nothing like a jaw's harp and barely musical - you can get better sounds slapping your cheeks!
  • don''t buy itYeah, I bought this thing once. I went back to the store and told them is wasn't any good. On the other hand, it's useful as a paperweight.

    Thanks for including it as a warning to anyone who might be tempted to buy it.
  • Cracker Barrel sells this oneAvoid this one at all costs! I once left my good harps home while driving on vacation and saw this model on the shelf with other old timey Americana at a Cracker Barrel chain restaurant. The harp is horrible. It’s just a toy and will break quickly.

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