Make yourself a lagerphone

@JudyEv (300441)
Rockingham, Australia
December 5, 2022 6:19pm CST
A lagerphone I guess could be classed as a percussion instrument. Often, they are just a piece of timber with bottle-tops loosely attached so when you strike or shake the lagerphone the bottle-tops rattle against each other to make a noise. This one is made from two short lengths of PVC pipe. They are screwed together to make the longer one you can see in the photo. Long screws go through the pipe and then through a number of bottle-tops. Vince’s brother has a ‘striker’ in his right hand although you can just tap the lagerphone on the floor if you want to. The name comes from lager beer, bottles of which might supply most of the bottle-tops. The photos shows Vince’s younger brother on the lagerphone with Vince on the piano. There was also a clarinettist, a mandolin player, and our niece playing a flute.
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@Dena91 (17760)
• United States
6 Dec
Interesting instrument. Not sure that I have seen or heard one before.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
You can't play a tune on it but you can have a bit of fun 'playing' along if you don't play anything else.
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@rsa101 (36651)
• Philippines
6 Dec
I've never seen this particular musical instrument before. I initially mistook your title for a phone until I looked closer and realized it was a musical instrument. I'm curious how it sounds, and hearing it played would be interesting.
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@rsa101 (36651)
• Philippines
6 Dec
@JudyEv I tried checking on Youtube about it and there are a lot of vids that shows. I think that is unique for Australian to have this instrument.
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@rsa101 (36651)
• Philippines
6 Dec
@JudyEv I see I guess we have similar local musical instruments like that but ours is like a round wire there those bottle caps are pierced and look like an improvised Tambourine.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
It would be like shaking a bottle filled with bottle-tops. It's just a fun thing really.
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@BarBaraPrz (40258)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
6 Dec
I wonder just how drunk the guy was that invented it...
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
They were making do with what was available and there would have been plenty of bottle-tops around the place.
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@LadyDuck (426339)
• Switzerland
6 Dec
This is the first time that I hear about a lagerphone, interesting instrument.
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@LadyDuck (426339)
• Switzerland
6 Dec
@JudyEv That is what I thought.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
It helps keep a rhythm going but of course can't give a tune.
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@kobesbuddy (144427)
• East Tawas, Michigan
6 Dec
Goodness, you actually had a nice band playing music, very nice! What instruments do you play, Judy?
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
I used to play in brass bands and I taught piano but I don't play it any more.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Dec
@kobesbuddy The French horn is a difficult instrument to play. I'm impressed.
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@kobesbuddy (144427)
• East Tawas, Michigan
6 Dec
@JudyEv I love playing the trumpet and French horn. But, I never owned a French horn. Piano, I love to play, but not professional simply an amateur.
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@aninditasen (12472)
• Raurkela, India
6 Dec
Lovely instrument. I didn't know about it. Are you getting ready for Christmas celebration?
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Dec
We put up our outside lights today so that's a start. We have some decorations to put in inside too. And I wrote all my Christmas cards yesterday.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Dec
@aninditasen I'll do that when we've finished.
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@aninditasen (12472)
• Raurkela, India
7 Dec
@JudyEv Wonderful. Share the decoration with us.
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@rebelann (104956)
• El Paso, Texas
6 Dec
That's really kool. I'm not a musician so I really wouldn't know how to appreciate this.
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@rebelann (104956)
• El Paso, Texas
6 Dec
I remember watching the show The Beverly Hillbillies and on there Granny and the dad would play music on devices intended for washing clothes, I don't remember what they're called but it was funny.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
There isn't much to appreciate. It's just a fun thing you can make a bit of noise with if you can't play anything else.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Dec
@rebelann A washboard is often used by folk groups.
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@jstory07 (125129)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Dec
That is very interesting about the lagerphone.
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@jstory07 (125129)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Dec
@JudyEv I did not.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
It seems not many know of it.
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@sallypup (53001)
• Centralia, Washington
6 Dec
I would have loved to have heard you talented folks play those instruments. Your lagerphone reminds me of other homemade instruments, like the washtub fiddle.
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@sallypup (53001)
• Centralia, Washington
7 Dec
@JudyEv Saw music. Love that. And the didgredoo- however that is spelled.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Dec
Yes, the washtub fiddle is another one and the washboard whatever. You sometimes see that here in folk bands.
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@just4him (272651)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Dec
I haven't heard of it. Looks simple to make and use.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Dec
They are simple to make. This one takes less space as it comes apart.
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@just4him (272651)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Dec
@JudyEv That's good it's easy and comes apart taking up less space.
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@Shiva49 (25543)
• Singapore
6 Dec
Interesting to know about them. It is a bit foreign to me though. However, music does not need language to make an impression.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Dec
It has its own internationality, doesn't it? Which is really lovely. It doesn't matter who you are, if you're a musician, you can make a connection with anyone.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Dec
@Shiva49 Yes, a smile does much the same.
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@Shiva49 (25543)
• Singapore
7 Dec
@JudyEv Yes, in a way like a smile that connects universally.
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@Ronrybs (16566)
• London, England
6 Dec
Sort of like a tambourine, but straightened out
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Dec
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Dec
Actually, that's exactly what it is.
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@Ronrybs (16566)
• London, England
7 Dec
@JudyEv Well spotted, me!
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@RubyHawk (82084)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 Dec
Interesting, sounds they made some pretty music.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
They enjoyed themselves playing and I enjoyed listening too.
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@RubyHawk (82084)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 Dec
@JudyEv Family gatherings are always enjoyable.
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@Beestring (9704)
• Hong Kong
6 Dec
Never seen one before. An interesting musical instrument.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
@Isha13 @Beestring If you can't play a 'real' instrument, you can at least beat time with this one.
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@Beestring (9704)
• Hong Kong
6 Dec
@JudyEv Yeah.
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@GardenGerty (149114)
• United States
6 Dec
That would make an impressive percussion instrument to play along.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
It's pretty similar to a tambourine.
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@beenice2 (2931)
• Sackville, New Brunswick
6 Dec
Amazing, I wonder what kind of sound it can make, if you can hear the different tonation.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Dec
No, it isn't pitched at all. It sounds more or less like a tambourine.
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@RebeccasFarm (84592)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
6 Dec
I tell you, you show me something new every day Judy! This is astounding to me I wish you had done a video so's I could hear this
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
6 Dec
@JudyEv Nope, I would have to be on his friends list..its okay Judy no worries love xo
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
Try this link and maybe you'll be able to hear them. I don't really know much about FB. I know he didn't want it put on YouTube.
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@wolfgirl569 (69653)
• Marion, Ohio
6 Dec
Never seen that before
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@wolfgirl569 (69653)
• Marion, Ohio
6 Dec
@JudyEv It would fit in that very good
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
I'm a bit surprised that it isn't used in hillbilly bands.
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@JESSY3236 (17354)
• United States
6 Dec
cool instrument. Never seen one. I used to play a clarinet.
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Dec
One of these men played clarinet and had a really nice tone.
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@oahuwriter (28292)
• United States
6 Dec
A family of musicians, nice!
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@JudyEv (300441)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Dec
All Vince's family is very musical.
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@oahuwriter (28292)
• United States
7 Dec
@JudyEv I see. Makes for much merriment!
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