Malaysian man takes 12 years to make a bamboo saxaphone

May 11th, 2009 - 3:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), May 11 (ANI): Philipus Jani, 39, had fallen in love with a brass saxophone he had borrowed from a friend, but unable to afford his own. So, he decided to make one.

“The experiment started in 1993 and, I finally perfected a saxophone made of bamboo 12 years later. I used my own calculations and measurements for placement of holes and now, it functions perfectly, ” the New Strait Times quoted Jani, as saying.

“This traditional instrument is as good as the modern one and it shows that we can improvise and make instruments of our own using resources like bamboo,” Jani added.

Jani hails from Malaysia’s Tambunan District.

Jani, who showcased the conical musical instrument at the recent Sabah Fest, has sold 35 “somporing” and is banking on more orders not just from music enthusiasts but also from those eyeing unique Sabah traditional souvenirs.

A small “somporing” fetches RM500 while larger ones go for RM1, 000 inclusive of a bamboo case.

“It takes me about four days to a week to make one “somporing” and I use the money to support my wife and six children. Sometimes, I perform traditional tunes and popular English, Chinese and Japanese songs. I have also composed a few tunes.”

Jani has also made a bamboo guitar, which he is hoping to introduce at the end of this month. (ANI)

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