Swazzle

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Swazzle

Postby Cood123 » 28 Aug 2011, 23:59

I've been trying for DAYS now to make my own swazzle so I have something to practice with while I wait for the money to order my Mr. Punch.

I'm following the instructions in "How To Do Punch and Judy" By: Sidney De'Hempsey, and I simply can't keep it tight.

How can I wrap the swazzle and still keep the center piece of tape tight enough to make noise?
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Re: Swazzle

Postby Chris » 29 Aug 2011, 12:08

It shouldn't be tight. But full instructions for making and using the swazzle can be found on this website.http://punchandjudy.com/swazzle.htm
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Re: Swazzle

Postby Cood123 » 29 Aug 2011, 18:37

Thanks, I'll add that to my list of reading material.
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Re: Swazzle

Postby Giraldus » 14 Sep 2011, 00:28

It was 11pm and I got the nerve to take my purchased swazzle apart. I had made Uilleann pipe reeds and I wasn't looking forward to the reed business..making trying, unmaking, making trying. But I had to do it. I was getting zero sound. So I cut the cotton threads that hold the tape in place... and took it apart.
I then wet the tape in a cup of water. Then I followed the instructions I found here. As soon as I could get the tape to touch itself on the wrap, I put a needle and thread to secure the first wrap - then wrap all the remainder around and sewed it all together leaving a bit of thread, to hang outside my mouth (because I figure I could swallow this). But it felt comfortable and I didn't have to have it way back on my tongue to work it. And if you have to wrap a few times, no worries. Cotton tape is pretty sturdy. Mine tape is not insane tight. Just reasonably snug. As I have read...use wet tape. You will have to (if you use silver)...play with the bend lightly to find the sweet spot. Good luck!
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