the waterphone was invented and is patented by richard waters (pat.#3896696). each instrument is unique and made to order. richard personally makes, tunes, signs and dates each waterphone. the sound of the waterphone has been compared to the haunting melodies of the humpback whale and voices from inner/outer space. waterphones have been described as acoustic synthesizers, waterharps, a musical aladdin's lamp, and whalephones.