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An Inventor And Percussionist Attracts The Attention of a Longtime EJ Band Member

Tuesday 2 July 2013 @ 16:13 - GMT

The unique design of the Slaperoo percussion was inspired by the unique sounds created by high-tension steel strapping used in industry for securing shipping crates. It was discovered that this strapping on a large crate had some amazing musical qualities when struck by a stick or hand.

Inventor and percussionist, Andy Graham, set out to create a new kind of musical instrument using this steel strap, but with the addition of an electric pickup and means to tune the strap. The result was a prototype that eventually became the S-100.

The strap floats just above the length of the body, allowing it to vibrate and be 'fretted' like a stand-up bass. However, rather than strumming, the strap is struck against the body with one or two hands, or with a stick.

It was discovered later that using electronic effects with the instrument created a whole new world of sounds. Both of Andy's innovations, the S-100 and ''The Noodle,'' won ''Best in Show'' at NAMM at their 2012 and 2013 debuts, respectively.

Elton's bandmate, John Mahon, is among the inventor's fans. In fact, there are video links of him at the Web site,

www.slaperoo.com. 

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