I have arranged with Jamie Bebb to have his business, The Harpery, take care of international orders for Clackamores. The cost is $42 including shipping to most countries. I appreciate his taking this on and feel very confident that he is going to take great care of those of you who are overseas. He also sells an amazing selection of Jaw Harps most notably from Russia and India.He is at theharpery.com
For those who found this site before today, your patience and support through this difficult time is very much appreciated. The loss of my mother has been one of the hardest issues I have ever dealt with. On the weekend I planned to begin sales I placed this entire pursuit on hold, and until now have not been able to begin putting the rest of the pieces together. Thank you for bearing with me..
I have activated the shopping cart today. Clackamore's can now be purchased for $25 plus $4.95 shipping for all USA addresses (at least I think they can, I'm hopeing). I am unable to take international orders just yet. This should be corrected soon. If you contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org we can try to work something out sooner.
Yes, I have finished the first batch. Ye-ha. I am now getting ready for the release party. I sure feel like celebrating, this has been a huge undertaking. The thought of buying another load of wood is daunting and exciting.
I sat and assembled a batch of Clackamores yesterday with great satisfaction. Adjustability, I have been telling my wife and friends, is a really big deal. Well yesterday I was able to assemble and set up a couple of hundred, a job that would have taken most of a week with the traditional doweled Clackamore. Even more important is that the player can experiment and then set their Clackamore to the perfect action and readjust if and when needed. A traditional Clackamore can be adjusted by trimming the hammer if its to tight or adding a rubber band if the action is to loose. A tiny turn with a screwdriver is so much better. You all are going to love the difference this adjustment makes in your playing.
The tone of these Clackamore is sharp and loud. They are going to do well at cutting through the mix. The tonal range is fairly flat, without too much of a predominate frequency spike. While this is not the bassiest Clackamore I have ever built it has good range and really excels in the mid and tenor frequencies. Even with the action set for very fast playing the instrument is louder than many of its predecessors.
I am off to all the other tasks I keep discovering are required in order to sell my little instrument. Taking credit cards, building webpages, writing this blog and I had better see if the hard maple is in. Im missing my shop already.
My name is Wayland Harman. I'm the guy that invented and then patented the musical device I call a Clackamore. Perhaps you have seen one played, small wooden spoon being held up to the players mouth and being tapped upon with fingers. There is a good chance you have heard one played in some song on the radio over the last 20 years. While only a few thousand Clackamores were produced during this time, some of them have found there way onto recordings. There is for instance a version of "Radiate" by Jack Johnson that features the Clackamore throughout the song. Many other snippets of Clackamore can be heard and I still get a thrill when I hear one.
I have redesigned the Clackamore bit by bit through the years since I last made an effort to mass produce them. During this time I have made small batches of my professional model and for a couple of years produced "Clackamore Jr". Professional models are from the traditional design which uses a dowel for the reed. The Jr. explored using a flat piece for the reed and that change continues with the Clackamore adjustable. With the addition of an adjustment screw this new Clackamore can be set up to give the player lightning fast playing. For the first time individuals can try an overly tight action which is too easy to tap and not very loud. By loosening the screw they can feel what too open an action feels like. This takes a strong hit and delivers the loudest clack. The distance between these two extremes is about 1 full turn of the screw. Zeroing in on your perfect sweet spot will ultimately come down to some very tiny adjustments. Play around until you find what feels and sounds best to you.
I have great hopes for this new Clackamore. One of those is to offer kits which any child (with adult supervision) can assemble. This would be a great group project for schools, scouting, etc. I know from personal experience, playing an instrument that my hands built brings an elevated satisfaction to the music I create. Clackamores can be a starting point for both music and woodworking.
Thank you for stoping by. I hope you will come back and tell us about your experiences with the Clackamore. Wayland