Flex-a-tone

Robin Jay Music & Gifts

$19.99 

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Patented in 1924, the flex-a-tone features a small metal sheet suspended within a wire frame. The sound is wholly unique, but with a glissando quality much like the musical saw. It has been used in pop and jazz, as well as for sound effects in movies and cartoons, sometimes to indicate the presence of a ghost or other paranormal activity.

When shaken, the sheet is struck by two knobs which are suspended on either side of it. The pitch is altered by applying pressure with the thumb to free end of the metal sheet to raise and lower its position.

11" long.