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Australian Aboriginal Yidaki

Price: $398.00

Performance Quality Vintage Yidaki

Wunungmurra yidakiCrafted by Napurrawuy Wunungmurra
Watch a VIDEO demo of this didgeridoo below!

Here's a classic, super easy to play yidaki with a handsome, well worn patina from its age seasoned wood. This fine yidaki was collected by Ben Hicks in 2006 while he was in Yirrkala, NE Arnhem Land, Australia. It has Napurrawuy yidakibeen held in his private collection since that time. Napurrawuy (pictured at right) makes yidaki working with only a machete as he lacks proper tools. As such, he is forced to find the perfect trees to begin with, and has succeeded in making some fantastic instruments, like this one! The artwork was done in natural ochres (earth pigments) representing clan designs that are very significant to his clan. It's in very good condition with no signs of cracking or any repair work ever done to it. Napurrawuy's father was the Gurrumuru leader Nyikamula. His mother is Balatj Mununggurr, and he lives on her land at Wandawuy. He is the younger brother of Datjirri #2 Wunungmurra, a young man groomed for influence whose artistic career has inspired this artist to follow in his footsteps.

This is an "old school" instrument in excellent condition, much more collectable than your average didgeridoo, and we honor that by using the proper Yolngu word for didgeridoo, "yidaki", here. 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

Fast and gruff with a very traditional acoustic. Built to be played in the NE Arnhem Land "hard tongue" style. The bore is completely natural. The first trumpet toot is very stable making it easy to incorporate into rhythms. This yidaki responds quickly to the slightest pressure changes and offers up tongued riddims with ease. The vocals are warm and the balance leans toward the mid range frequencies, and when I first checked on the tuner I was shocked that it was between D and D# because it sounds deeper than that. Blunt diaphragmatic response with well balanced acoustics. It has strong backpressure making the circular breathing technique very easeful. We suspect that it's not gonna last long around here to be sure. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Watch the video below to see Andjru 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

Includes Certificate of Authenticity, care guide and playing guide.

Watch Andjru demo this yidaki for you
and see the instrument in vivid HD detail!

Just click on the video below.

Play Audio Demo by Ben Hicks

Specs for this yidaki:

Key: Between D and D#
Overtone toots: F#, D#, A, C#
Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Wood: Stringybark eucalyptus
Length: 55.25"
Top: 1.18" Inner diameter
Bottom: 2.75" Outer diameter
Mouthpiece: Natural wood
Backpressure: Strong
Weight: 5.4 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 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.

GEAR: Click photos for details
Price: $6.98

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