- April 5, 2013 -
I have no previously owned Waterphones at the present time to sell. They are rare.
I stopped making the "Standard" Waterphone years ago because I found that the stainless steel pans that I currently use have a much better and wider range sound.
I do not anticipate any design changes to the current offerings or the prices for 2013.
The 2013 Waterphone Music Competition is now open for submissions. Pieces of music are to be no longer than 4 minutes featuring one or more of my waterphones but may include other instruments, sound devices and/or voice. Send me an mp3 copy - no originals - with information about the recording and the players. 2012 is the last year I will allow pieces beyond 4 minutes long and will disqualify those longer than 4 minutes in 2013. I do not have the space on my web site to include long pieces so please bear this in mind when submitting waterphone music in 2013, and In 2013, I will restrict the winners from the previous year (2012) for one year in order to give others a chance. 3 submissions limit per person. Competition will close Nov. 1/2013. Besides the inclusion of your winning submissions on this site, mall awards made by me will be given to the top 3.
A new page is now up on this site covering "Knock Offs & Copies". This is an informative read about what you get and don't get if you buy a knock-off and as one of my repeat pro musician customers has testified,"Richard's Waterphones are the Stradivarius of Waterphones".
The MegaBass Waterphone is now my all time, best selling Waterphone and for good reason - It has the widest range, the fattest sound, the lowest bass end, a great high end and is an excellent hand-water drum.
The waterphone samples have been moved to a new site but will still be administered by Joel Henigson and these samples are associated with me.
The superball mallet has become essential equipment for playing the Waterphone and is king of the friction mallets. I am currently working on a new design for bamboo superball mallets.
Below is an explanations of the 3 different types of superball mallets and what they can do on the Waterphone. All 3 mallets are good for playing the bottom of the Waterphone in a friction mode. For photos of these 3 mallets go to the price list and click on the various mallets.
1. SB mallet is a bamboo handle, shaft and superball. This is the basic mallet and works great as a friction mallet by dragging it across the bottom of a Waterphone.
2. Pro Mallet. This is a one piece, carved & sanded, bamboo mallet with a flat side to the handle so that the mallet can be reversed and used somewhat like a short bow. This mallet is about half of the length of the Mallet/Bow.
3. Mallet/Bow. This is a long mallet with one side flat for bowing. The mallet/bow is not as functional as a horsehair bow but its flexibility has it uses.
After working on the Waterphone and other musical instruments and sound devices for over 40 years, I have decided to accelerate my efforts in selling my business to someone who can carry it forward. This would include the Waterphone in all its variations, other instruments/sound devices, materials on hand, sources for these materials and this WEB site. It would also include not only how to make everything but also all ideas pertaining to future patents on advanced models. This is a very active business and requires someone with energy and forward thinking. Contact me if you are that person.
These are the 3 current Waterphone models shown here with a pair of superball mallets. Left rear is a MegaBass (16 inches in diameter and approximately 14 inches in height), center front is a Whaler (12 inches in diameter and 14 inches in height) and right rear is the Bass (14 inches diameter and 14 inches in height). The larger the diameter, the wider the range as more tonal rods are possible and the lower the bass end. The rods marked in red are "Power Rods" which have a prime sympathetic relationship with the bottom pan. Made from stainless steel and bronze the Waterphone can be played as a stringed instrument or as a percussion instrument. They are used by symphonies, recording studios and touring bands worldwide as well as for calling whales and other cetacean. Waterphones are on many movie and tv sound tracks as well as contemporary CDs of music. They are fun and easy to play.
~ Richard Waters, inventor of the waterphone and other musical instruments and sound devices.