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Australian Aboriginal Yidaki

Price: $898.00

Vintage, Concert Quality Yidaki

Djalu yidakiCrafted by Djalu & Djapiliwuy Gurruwiwi
Watch a VIDEO demo of this didgeridoo below!

This very fine CONCERT QUALITY yidaki by Djalu and Djapiliwuy Gurruwiwi was recently acquired from the Ben Hicks collection. Made in 2006, this yidaki is in fine condition and great for playing fast hard tongue riddims! Its voice is warm, gruff, and a bit Djalu Gurruwiwidirty. Djalu (pictured at right) made this handsome yidaki which features a natural mouthpiece and a 4.75" bell at the bottom end. It is beautifully painted by Dhopiya Gurruwiwi with icons that represent seed pod and garma (brackish water country). See the close-up photo at left for a better look.

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 each year. 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 is needed.

Soundwise: Concert Quality

This is a POWERFUL yidaki by Djalu with all of the hallmarks of his finest instruments from days gone by. The natural mouthpiece is hand chiseled to somewhat of an egg-shape rather than perfectly round, allowing the player to easily find their embouchure (lip fit) and always know where it is. Perfectly crafted for playing in the traditional hard tongue style which involves blunt diaphragmatic riddims and a soft, warm horn toot. Dense, shape-shifting harmonic overtones. Excellent midrange acoustics for crisp tongued pops, tups and twang. Vocal response is remarkable in the low to midrange frequencies with massive guttural attacks and shimmering harmonics to balance out its acoustic qualities. Three easy horn tones. Optimal strong backpressure for its size and pitch make the circular breathing technique easeful. A note from Ben Hicks about this yidaki, "I bought this yidaki directly from Djalu when staying with the Gurruwiwis in 2006. It was not a good player, but the family really needed money, so I bought it anyway. Djalu and Djapiliwuy (Lena) worked on it but could not remove a blockage in the bore using Djalu's long chisels. I thought about it for a couple years and decided to try to remove this blockage. I too was unsuccessful using long chisels so finally cut the stick open like when I make my aspen and hardwood instruments, carved out the blockage, glued it up, retouched the paint, and sealed the bore with tung oil. It is now a very powerful and excellent playing instrument, but not fully authentic Yolngu yidaki." And I'd like to add that, no matter how hard you try, it's very difficult to see that any newer work has been done to it. Excellent value for its sound quality, age-seasoned timber, and provenance. Likely to sell quickly so please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Read our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Includes Certificate of Authenticity, care guide and playing guide.

Watch Ben Hicks demo this yidaki for you

and see the instrument in vivid HD detail!

Just click on the video below.

Specs for this yidaki:

Key: F#
Overtone toots: G, D#, A, C
Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Wood: Stringybark eucalyptus
Length: 54.5"
Top: 1.18" Inner diameter
Bottom: 4.75" Outer diameter
Mouthpiece: Natural wood
Backpressure: Strong
Weight: 8.4 lbs / 3.2 kg
Ease of play: Moderate
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!

Our sound quality ratings:

CONCERT QUALITY First rate, professional grade sound with perfectly balanced acoustics.

HIGH QUALITY Very good 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.

GEAR: Click photos for details
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