Performance Quality Vintage Mago
Our sound quality ratings: Mago by Paddy Fordham WainburrangaWatch a VIDEO demo of this didgeridoo below! Acquired from a private collection (circa 1987) this fine, PERFORMANCE QUALITY mago has many unique characteristics that make it a real stand-out. Purchase includes 2 photos of Paddy playing this instrument. View these photos now by clicking on the thumbnails above. During his lifetime, renowned artist, dancer, didgeridoo player and storyteller, Paddy Fordham Wainburranga (Rembarrnga aboriginal) embodied the living history of the people of Australia’s far north. Born in the bush at Bumdubu, north east of Katherine, Paddy was brought up under the traditional tutelage of his father and uncles and did not encounter non-Aboriginal people until 11 years of age.
This old mago is painted entirely in natural earth pigments (ochres). The water lily designs were applied
with a brush made from grass fibers in the central Arnhem Land style. This painting pre-dates the Mimi figures he began painting on contemporary didgeridoos some years later, making this one even more desirable. Old instruments like this one are highly sought after, especially ones by a famous name like Paddy Fordham. This mago was crafted from naturally termite hollowed eucalyptus in
Australia's Northern Territory, the traditional homeland of the
didgeridoo, and where it is still used in both sacred and public
This "old school" instrument is in good condition and highly
collectable for its sound, well seasoned timber, and provenance. The
interior bore is very clear and open which increases volume, harmonics,
and clarity of tone. Fitted with its original beeswax mouthpiece, sanitized with Didgeri-Clean. The mouthpiece can be adjusted to fit you perfectly. Instructions included, no worries.
Soundwise: Performance Quality
Smoldering yet zestful with a very traditional voice. The sonics are gruff and dirty making it perfect for traditional WAL (western Arnhem Land) style rhythms. The age-seasoned bore offers up aggressive vocal distortion effects and whip-snapping response to tongued and diaphragmatic bursts. Three easy horn tones, the first being warm against the drone and truly easy to hit. Optimal strong-medium backpressure makes the circular breathing technique easier, especially for larger bore instrument. This rugged beauty is loud and powerful, and a fine instrument at a fair price for its artwork, aged seasoned timber, sound quality and provenance. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Watch the video below to see Anthony demo this mago for you. We don't rehearse these videos so this is virtually you picking it up playing it for the first time! Read our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Includes Certificate of Authenticity, care guide, and playing guide.
Watch Anthony demo this mago for you
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Specs for this mago:
Key: F (in perfect pitch)
Overtone toots: G#, F#, C
Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Wood: Yellowbox eucalyptus
Top: 2" outer diameter
Bottom: 4.5" outer diameter
Mouthpiece: Sugarbag wax
Weight: 8.6 lbs / 3.8 kg
Ease of play: Easy
Loudness: Low IIIIIIIII High
What if you don't bond with this didgeridoo?
It can be exchanged within 30 days for any reason and there's no
restocking fee. Can't decide on one? Call 1-800-519-1140 for live help!
CONCERT QUALITY Same as performance quality, but with perfectly balanced acoustics.
PERFORMANCE QUALITY First rate, professional grade sound and playability.
HIGH QUALITY Above average sound. Better than most found at comparable prices.
GOOD QUALITY Nice introductory didgeridoo, but may lack in tonal quality and/or volume.
FAIR QUALITY Not for serious playing. Good for muking around on, or as a conversation piece.
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