"Voice of the First Day"
Concert Quality Didgeridoo
Crafted by Marcus Blanasi (Maili aboriginal)Watch a VIDEO demo of this didgeridoo below!
This old mago is a DIDGERIDOO MASTERPIECE. A beautiful instrument made of bloodwood eucalyptus with STUNNING ARTWORK by Marcus Balansi, son of renowned mago master and painter David Balansi (deceased). Marcus is a descendant of the Wugularr
tribe who occupy the scrubby bushland country in and around Beswick in Australia's western Arnhem Land region. The highly detailed artwork on this didgeridoo features a motif of bush yam, snake and freshwater fish. Quoting Guan Lim, "Marcus
Blanasi has the finest hand of all the Beswick mob, his artwork is
stunningly fine and his good instruments right up there with the best." Instruments from Marcus are very hard to find these days, especially such a fine, vintage piece as this one.
Click on the thumbnails above to see more close-up views of the artwork.
Marcus is a deadly gunborrk mago craftsman, just as his father was. Combined with the incredible artwork, this mago is one of the most highly sought-after and collectable instruments we've ever had on offer. Circa 1998 and in fine condition with no signs of patches, plugs or cracks. And for a value comparison just click on thumbnail #6 above to see what two other Marcus Balansi instruments are currently selling for (spoiler alert, they're both over $3,000). There is one 4.5" smudge in the artwork on this mago which you can see in thumbnail #5 above, but it's not enough to devalue this piece. We acquired it from a private collection and it comes with a significant back story...
In 1996, senior Beswick/Wugularr artist and "mago master" David Blanasi began painting a collection of works named "Gunwinjgu" or "Company of People". The collection was to be kept together for future generations, but in the spring of 1998 Beswick was hit by severe flood waters. Some of the paintings were already safely in Darwin, but 50 or more were lost or destroyed. The surviving 39 paintings were crated and held in Darwin for an upcoming exhibition. In September 2001 David Blanasi went missing and his disappearance remains a mystery. A short time later, the Fred Hollows Foundation assisted the community to safely store the paintings in Darwin. The Wugularr elders decided to reclaim the collection in 2007 and permanently display them at Ghunmarn Culture Centre.
The original paintings by David Blanasi belong to the Wugularr people and their museum. They will never be sold. But this mago by Marcus Blanasi accompanied the paintings to Darwin where it was purchased by the collector that we have acquired it from. This is an exceptional instrument both in sound and
looks. Crafted from termite hollowed
bloodwood eucalyptus. The interior bore is
very clear and open which increases volume, harmonics, and clarity of
tone. Fitted with an organic beeswax mouthpiece sanitized with
Didgeri-Clean (tea tree and lavender oil). The mouthpiece can easily be adjusted to fit you perfectly.
Instructions included, no worries.
Soundwise: Concert Quality
This bigger-than-average mago delivers articulate
response and thrumming bass
frequencies. An impressive sounding instrument that's both easeful and enjoyable to play. Versatile pitch in D, not too high, not too low with
perfectly balanced acoustics. The HAUNTINGLY CAVERNOUS DRONE makes it great for slow, meditative sessions of play, but it responds exceedingly well to traditional gunborrk style as well. Tonally it delivers crystalline harmonics and brilliant vocal response in the
midrange frequencies. Growly
distortion effects, crisp
kookaburra calls and far off dingo
howls on demand.
strong-medium backpressure for
and pitch make the
technique easeful. Three
easy horn toots, the first
warm against the drone. A
bewitching instrument that belongs in the quiver of any serious collector player.
hesitate to contact us on
1-800-519-1140 if you have
any questions or would like a demo
over the phone. We're here 10 AM to 6 PM Pacific time daily.
Watch a video demo of Barry playing this mago for you below. Read our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Includes Certificate of Authenticity, care guide and playing guide.
Watch Barry demo this didgeridoo for you
and see the instrument in vivid HD detail!Just click on the video below.
Specs for this mago:Key: DOvertone toots: G, D#, A, C#
Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Wood: Bloodwood eucalyptus
Mouth: 2.25" Outer diameter
Bell: 4.25" Outer diameterMouthpiece: Beeswax
Weight: 7 lbs / 3.2 kg
Ease of play: Very 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!
Sound rating for this mago: CONCERT QUALITYCONCERT QUALITY First rate, professional grade sound with perfectly balanced acoustics.
HIGH QUALITY Great 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 mucking around on, or as a conversation piece.
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