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Voice modifier (kazoo)

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Tube of boxwood with four imitation finger-holes. A perforated tin band placed over the hole covered with a membrane. The upper part serves as a mouthpiece. Played by humming into the mouthpiece.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

late 19th century

Object Place

United States


14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Sound Devices