Photograph 1: Daxophone strips
These 'daxophone sticks' are anchored at one end. Initially, any firm anchor was used, for example, by clamping to a table top, but more recently a tripod stand has been developed which not only holds the sticks in a more controllable environment but also provides a base for a small contact microphone (Photograph 2).
Photograph 2: Daxophone tripod with mounted strip
The degree of vibration of the strip - and thus it's sonic capabilities - can be varied by pressing a rounded wooden wedge of approximately 150 mm by 50 mm wide backwards and forwards along its length. This is the 'Dax'. Reichel has also produced a range of daxes, one being notched to take guitar-like frets on one side and which enables a scale of distinct notes to be created, in comparison to the slide notes on its other side (Photograph 3).
Photograph 3: The Dax
With regard to the name of the instrument, Reichel states that he had a Swedish LP called Mammal voices of Northern Europe, vol. 1 which featured wolves, rats, bats, fieldmice and also a badger (German: Dachs). Being impressed by the badger's great sonic range, the instrument was then given its name, with echoes of Adolphe Sax and then the 'chs' was changed to 'x', 'because I got fed up with having to keep on repeating the story'.
All photographs copyright Hans Reichel.