Awhile back i mentioned that I used a model hootbox from NZ to make some of my own and showcase them at a makers'faire. It was asked that I might post a photo and today, while transferring to the new site( great site) I found it. I hope you can open it and take a look. Thanks for the interest.
Hi.. The pictures show up okay. Then when i click on it it comes up again and I hit esc to go back. So it all seems to work ok.
Nice looking though I don't quite know what a hootbox is or how it is played ?
The hootbox is a name given the gizmo by Davey G out of New Zealand. I believe he got the idea from research of years ago. The box is made as a cave with the opening being tailored to the harmonica at hand, just long enough to fit in and just high enough to squeeze in (to give it holding power so you don't have to wrestle with two items. The hole in the top turns the box into a resonator which mellows the tones of the harmonica when the sound echos and bounces around in the sound box. Easy to build, fun to listen and use. I experimented after a few: the blue is formica counter top I had left over and the translucent is light fixture sheeting diffuser. As an added attraction Davey added a NZ coin. The box is shaped as such so one hand holds the harp and the beveled end allows the fingers to reach the sound hole to control some of the volume and allow for some stunts. I also can keep time with a finger nail and add some percussion. Give it a whirl, but let others know.
Davey Godman copied the Hohner Harmonette. The Harmonette was first introduced in 1909,
Hohner put out some re-issues a few years ago, I remember them being red with a
silk screening on them, and at the time were made of Black Forest Pine. You may
search some vendors or the web for photos, descriptions, or availability. What Davey and
George are building look very similar and I am guessing perform the same, however I am
a big proponent of "sonic resonance" simply meaning difference in density of materials used
in making the body can have an effect on the tone of the "box". The term "Hoot Box", as best
I can find, comes from down under way and were/are very popular in New Zealand and Australia.