Performance Quality Vintage Yidaki
Crafted by Djalu GurruwiwiWatch a VIDEO demo of this didgeridoo below!
This yidaki is one of the most sonically unusual instruments by Djalu that we've had on offer in some time! The basic drone is in D#, but this unique instrument can drop to low G (not a typo)! This is done by dropping your jaw and relaxing your breath. Some didgeridoos offer a good pitch bend, but nothing like this one! What a find if you not only want a Djalu yidaki but an unusual one at that. Djalu made this handsome yidaki around 2005. The timber is well seasoned by age and it plays easily without having to push it. This yidaki also features a natural wood mouthpiece.To the worldwide community of yidaki players, collectors and enthusiasts, Djalu Gurruwiwi (pictured at right) needs no introduction. Renowned as the best craftsman, his yidaki are revered for their exceptional qualities. For years he has had many visitors coming to Arnhem Land to learn from him privately, and he has also led the yidaki Master Class at the Garma Festival every year since its inception. He has traveled to Germany, the USA, the Middle East and Asia to provide yidaki demonstrations and tuition.
Djalu is also distinguished from other yidaki makers as he is also a painter whose works on sheets of bark are held in major museums and collections in Australia and around the world. Djalu talks about his father having a yidaki with him at all times. When out turtle hunting in a dug-out canoe, Djalu recalls his father signaling the capture of a turtle by blowing horn tones on the yidaki to the rest of the family on the beach who would then prepare a big fire oven. Djalu often says how he blows his spirit into each instrument he makes, and sends it out around the world to spread the power of the yidaki.
Amongst his own people Djalu maintains his prominence as a yidaki master, talented artist, ceremonial leader and senior lawman for the Gälpu. This is an "old school" instrument, much more collectable than your average didgeridoo, and we honor that by using the proper Yolngu word for didgeridoo, "yidaki", here. A treasure for its sound, size, condition, well seasoned timber, and provenance. The interior bore is very clear and open which increases volume, harmonics, and clarity of tone. Features a natural mouthpiece sanitized with Didgeri-Clean (tea tree and lavender oil). No beeswax needed.
Soundwise: Performance Quality
yidaki has a slightly gruff acoustic with incredibly easy to hit horn toots. Built to be played in the traditional hard tongue style yet easily transfers to contemporary style. A solid, VERY LOUD
instrument for the player interested in a raw, organic sound rather than bright and overly-bassy. With a bit
of push there's heaps of power in this yidaki! This instrument has a clear conical bore, tapering from a natural mouthpiece just under 1.25" in inner diameter to a 3.25" bell end. It offers
consistent compression which produces a smooth drone with good overall
clarity. When played contemporary style it generates articulate vocal
response for far-off dingo howls, kookaburra calls, and otherworldly
echoes. Four easy to hit horn toots! The basic drone is in D#, but this unique instrument can drop to low G (not a typo)! This is done by dropping your jaw and relaxing your breath. It has strong backpressure which is optimal for its size and pitch for easy circular breathing. This is a deadly instrument by Djalu and very likely to sell quickly. Please don't hesitate to contact us
if you have any questions. Watch
the video below to see Brandon demo this yidaki for you. We don't
rehearse these videos so you get to see someone playing it for the first
time, which is the closest thing to you being here to play it yourself. Read our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
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Specs for this didgeridoo:
Key: D# (rare drop to low G!)
Overtone toots: G#, D, G#, C#
Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Wood: Stringybark eucalyptus
Top: 1.23" Inner diameter
Bottom: 3.75" Outer diameter
Mouthpiece: Natural wood
Weight: 7.2 lbs / 3.3 kg
Ease of play: Very easy
Loudness: Low IIIIIIIII High
Our sound quality ratings:
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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