According to the New York Times obituary for Tony Sbararo
A special instrument, the zobo, a form of cornet, was created for him in Chicago and he played it wherever he went.
To read more than you ever wanted to know about the zobo and to see images of zobos, visit
To hear Sbarbaro playing the zobo, listen to Crazy Blues by the ODJB. Recorded in New York, Jan 28, 1921.