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Australian Aboriginal Yidaki

Price: $958.00

Concert Quality Vintage Yidaki

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

Just acquired from the Ben Hicks collection, this very fine CONCERT QUALITY yidaki by Djalu Gurruwiwi (Gälpu clan) was crafted in Australia's N.E. Arnhem Land region. This is a WONDERFUL YIDAKI for playing contemporary rhythms. Its voice is WARM and VERY RESONANT. Circa 2004, this handsome yidaki features a 4" bell at the bottom end. It was painted by his wife, Dhopiya, with banded Gälpu clan designs.

Djalu Gurruwiwi yidakiTo 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. 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

Ben Hicks describes it this way, "Fairly open at the top end for yidaki, with trad/contemporary crossover response. Nice depth, resonance, balance, open vocals and exceptional harmonic definition. This one always feels really sweet to play. Somewhat a family project, this was made while I was visiting in 2004, cut and worked by Djalu with some help sanding/finishing from Djakangu Yunupingu, painted by Dhopiya, in ochre colors and acrylic white pinstripes." This is a rare VIBRANT sounding yidaki by Djalu with all of the hallmarks of his finest instruments from days gone by. Perfectly crafted for playing contemporary rhythms. Built for versatility with a somewhat open feel resulting in a reverberant, non-aggressive acoustic that's uncommon in most fine yidaki. Excellent transition between drone and horn tones. Solid horn toots with heaps of 'punch'. Optimal strong-medium backpressure for its size and pitch make the circular breathing technique easeful.

This is a highly collectable instrument and heirloom quality artifact. Excellent value for its sound rating, 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 demo this yidaki for you

and see the instrument in vivid HD detail!

Just click on the video below.

Specs for this yidaki:

Key: D
Overtone toots: F#, D, G#, C
Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Wood: Stringybark eucalyptus
Length: 57.25"
Top: 2" Outer diameter
Bottom: 4" Outer diameter
Mouthpiece: Organic beeswax
Backpressure: Strong-Medium
Weight: 5.6 lbs / 2.4 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!

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 mucking around on, or as a conversation piece.

GEAR: Click photos for details
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