A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 08, 2015
“What’s the difference between a saxophone and a chainsaw?” (joke)

Musicians often joke that some other instruments are always out of tune. A popular joke is:

Q - What’s the difference between an alto trombone and a chainsaw?
A - You can tune the chain saw.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1993 and has been told about many different instruments.


Google Groups: rec.music.classical
Musical jokes
“Vinay K. Chaudhri”
7/31/92
(...)
What’s the difference between a chain saw and an accordian? 
The chainsaw has a dynamic range…

What’s the difference between a saxophone and a chainsaw?
The grip.
(...)
What’s the difference between a lawn mower and a saxophone?
Vibrato.

What’s the difference between a lawn mower and a saxophone?
You can tune a lawn mower.

What’s the difference between 50 saxophones and 50 lawnmowers?
The lawnmowers are better in tune.
(...)
What’s the difference between a chain saw and a viola?
If you absolutely had to, you could use a chain saw in a string quartet.

Google Groups: rec.music.classical
finally - the joke list. . .
susan poliniak
11/10/93
(...)
Q - What’s the difference between an alto trombone and a chainsaw?
A - You can tune the chain saw.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Need banjo jokes, please!
Brian Gordon
9/21/94
(...)
> Q.  What’s the difference between a banjo and a chain saw?
>
> A.  A chain saw has a dynamic range.
A2: You can tune a chain saw.

Google Groups: rec.arts.marching.band.college
Band Jokes
Scott Rankin
1/8/95
(...)
What’s the difference between a chain saw and a soprano sax
-You can tune a chain saw

Google Groups: rec.music.bluenote
Let’s have some more music jokes!
Doug Sprei
9/13/95
(...)
Q: What’s the difference between a chain saw and a jazz saxophonist?
A: You can tune a chain saw.

Google Books
The Accordion in the Americas:
Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco, and More!

Edited by Helena Simonett
Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press
2012
Pg. 41:
What’s the difference between a bagpipe and a chainsaw?
You can tune a chainsaw.

Twitter
MusicianHumor
‏@JokesBoutMusic
Q: What’s the difference between a saxophone and a chainsaw?
A: You can tune a chainsaw.
3:11 AM - 21 Jan 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Sunday, March 08, 2015 • Permalink