There are also many names for this instrument depending on where it is found. Some of the more common names are:
Khomus (Central Asia)
Dan Moi (Vietnam)
Every culture has their unique variation of the Jew’s Harp but they are all basically the same; a frame of metal, bamboo or wood with a reed of metal, bamboo or wood.
One of the more interesting instruments I’ve come across is the Jewasaphone. Someone thought this was such a good idea they patented it! Maybe they thought that everyone in America would have to have one!
The horn actually does make the Jew’s Harp sound louder if it is aimed at you. This can be a fun or frightening experience depending on who is at either end of the instrument.
I hope to soon have some sound files linked to this blog and I’ll make sure the Jewsaphone will be in one of them!