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1. What is a lagerphone ?
2. Origins and history.
3. Design and construction.
4. Examples.
5. Rattlers.
6. Terminology.
7. The Stomper Sticks
8. International
9. World record
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Launch note

I compiled these pages to fill an apparent hiatus. I do not regard myself as particularly qualified to be a lead lagophonist but so far as my surfing could find, no one else had attempted to explain what lagerphones were and what they did. Since I first launched it I have received several responses which have enabled me to expand my offering but I still regard it as only partial. If you have lit on it via a search engine I do advise you to take it with caution. It cannot yet be considered either authoritative or comprehensive. Indeed it is probably no more than a small offering from a large and richly varied subject. If you have come to it from a music link I would much appreciate a message (the letter box may wobble, but it does work) stating your point of view. And particularly so if you could direct me to any sources I may have missed, or supply any material - words or pictures - about lagerphones.

July 2017

Five years ago at the  National Folk Festival   we had a greatly enjoyed lagerphone workshop at which many people were able to make their own lagerphone.   Much hammering, painting and assembling produced a rich and varied collection.   On the Sunday evening we then all paraded from the arena to the Central Park where we shook, bounced, rattled and sang Waltzing Matilda (what else ?!) to the playing of the Paverty Band.

The possibility has now been floated of trying again next year - 2018 - but sadly the idea may have foundered before it got properly launched.   Apparently it was thought that I could do everything from inception to execution.   That is too much for any one person - especially me at my age (78 :-(= ) - it would need a small team - say three or four.   However if anyone reading this and living in or near Canberra would be willing to help it might still be possible.   If you would be willing send me an email - - and I will see what can be done.
Keith Sayers - Canberra - July 2017