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Goofus redirects here. For the popular song, see Goofus (song). For the title character in the comic strip "Goofus & Gallant," see Goofus and Gallant.

The couesnophone, also known as the goofus or queenophone, is a free-reed musical instrument resembling a saxophone. Its reeds vibrate when the desired keys are activated and the player blows through a tube. French manufacturer Couesnon was awarded the patent no. 569294 in 1924 for an instrument that was described as a saxophone jouet (fr. "toy saxophone"). However, the couesnophone is a polyphonic instrument, while the saxophone is monophonic.

Playing the couesnophone

The couesnophone may be held like a saxophone or like a keyboard, while the other comprises the black keys.


The couesnophone was introduced in jazz music by bass saxophonist and vibraphonist Adrian Rollini. The term "goofus" might have been coined by jazz musicians.


  • Berindei, Mihai (1976). Jazz Dictionary, Scientific and Encyclopaedic Press, Bucharest, p. 110
  • Missin, P (2004). Couesnophone or "goofus"
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