i've never had a kazoo. the reviews stated that metal ones were the best. it seemed like a simple device but i couldn't make a sound. my wife searched the internet and got a tutorial. i knew she was good for something. instead of blowing, you hum into it. after my performance of the sesame street theme song we both exploded in hysterical laughter. quite a rush i must say. on the flip side this item could be a very inexpensive and portable torture device. so buyer beware!
Like most kazooists, I've tried many different styles of kazoos, anywhere from a tissue-and-comb improvisation to a saxophone shaped party favor. Whether performing live or recording, I'm not always able to afford a horn section. Actually I am never able to afford a horn section. So for those times when I need a blast of brass, I break out the trusty kazoo. Three kazoos playing different notes that form a chord have been known to bring an audience to their knees, crying tears of absolute bliss. But in order for those notes to be as pure as possible, a plastic kazoo just won't cut it. They lack the resonance, projection and sincerity of a metal kazoo. And their cheap construction? Let me just say that the last time I aspirated the plastic diaphragm from a cheap kazoo, as soon as I regained consciousness I swore off plastic forever. I found these Monoprice metal kazoos after a cursory Google search, and ordered them direct from Monoprice. They are offered on Amazon Prime, but one kazoo actually costs more from Amazon than two from the source. That's how they get ya. Anyhoo, once the kazoos arrived and I played the horn part to "Ring of Fire," my band mates took notice. I was blowing with authority. So, whether you need a kazoo to play "Tequila" or the iconic sax solo from "Old Time Rock and Roll," don't make the mistake of sending a plastic instrument to do a metal kazoo's job. Two thumbs up, five gold starts, ten out out of ten for these Monoprice beauties.
I bought 2 of these metal kazoos, mostly because I knew my brother and a few of our friends would get a kick out of it. Personally, I don't remember ever having seen anything other than a plastic kazoo as a kid. Nostalgia kicked in upon receiving my Kazoos in the mail, because their unique sound makes me think of early Grateful Dead! So, all in all, this product was a great deal for the money and is the best quality kazoo I've encountered!