As the self-proclaimed “Garden Spot of New York State,” Eden, just south of Hamburg on Route 62, is a pristine small town surrounded by farm country. Downtown stands the Original American Kazoo Company: Museum, Gift Shop, Factory (8703 S. Main St., near 1st St., 716/992-3960, www.edenkazoo.com , 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun.). Established in 1916, the Original is now the only metal kazoo factory in the world. The company paid $5,000 for its first kazoo patent and still manufactures kazoos the way it always has, using die presses and sheet metal.
On display is a wooden kazoo, similar to its African prototype, and liquor-bottle-shaped kazoos made to celebrate the end of Prohibition. The record for the most kazoos ever played at one time was set in Rochester  on January 2, 1986, when 54,500 kazoo-ists performed.