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Eucalyptus Yidaki "Breath to Bloodwood" by Djalu Gurruwiwi

Artist / Crafter:
Djalu Gurruwiwi

Key: D# 
Overtone toots: F#, D, G#, C
Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Wood: Bloodwood eucalyptus
Length: 58.25"
Mouth: 1.75" Outer diameter
Bell: 5" Outer diameter
Backpressure: Strong
Mouthpiece: Organic beeswax
Weight: 10.4 lbs / 4.8 kg
Ease of play: Very easy
Loudness: Low IIIIIIIII High

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"Breath to Bloodwood"
Concert Quality Vintage Yidaki

01-yiddjalu18.gifCrafted by Djalu Gurruwiwi
Watch a VIDEO demo of this didgeridoo below!

This is a RARE FIND and one of only three bloodwood eucalyptus yidaki made by Djalu Gurruwiwi that we've had on offer in over 18 years! This is a collector's item as well as a CLASSIC DJALU that delivers an EFFORTLESS FIRST HORN TOOT with WARM, GRUFF ACOUSTICS complimented with HIGH HARMONICS and STRONG BASS.  Crafted for playing traditional hard tongue rhythms, yet I find that contemporary rhythms are not overly restrained and come out with plenty of punch and good vocal depth. in-between-songs-poster.jpgPurchase of this yidaki includes a copy of the a new documentary DVD featurijng Djalu and his family filemd in Australia's remote NE Arnhem Land, the birthplace of the yidaki. You can read all about this documentary and watch a trailer for it by clicking on the name here, "In Between Songs".
Djalu Gurruwiwi (pictured at right) made this handsome yidaki around 2005. The timber is well seasoned by age and it plays like a dream. Acquired from a private collection, this yidaki is in EXCELLENT, LIKE NEW CONDITION.

To the worldwide community of yidaki players, collectors and enthusiasts, Djalu Gurruwiwi 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. The exterior is resin-coated to protect the artork and wood from the elements. This clear coating is equal to fifty coats of varnish, making the outside waterproof and much more stable than a non resin-coated instrument. And if you don't like the gloss finish, I will refinish it for you with a satin polyurethane at no extra cost, just ask. Fitted with a comfortable mouthpiece made of organic beeswax, sanitized with Didgeri-Clean (tea tree and lavender oil). The mouthpiece can be easily adjusted to fit you perfectly. Instructions included, no worries.

Soundwise: Concert Quality
With a rock steady drone and harmonics like glass chimes this yidaki is a real stinger, mate! One of the most sonically versatile instruments we currently have on offer. Unbelievably responsive to tongued riddims and trill, this yidaki offers a BIG, FULL VOICE with feisty vocal distortion effects and a SONICALLY HOT, RESONANT DRONE. Bright and malleable tone colors. Four super easy horn toots! Truly a fine instrument and on offer for a very fair price considering its collectibility, sound quality, craftsmanship, and well seasoned timber. The age-seasoned timber also makes it a sought-after commodity among serious players and collectors. Like fine old guitars that just keep sounding better with age, you only rarely find a yidaki like this on offer. It responds beautifully to both contemporary rhythms and traditional hard tongue style with whip-snapping response to tongued and diaphragmatic riddims. Four easy horn toots, the first being warm against the drone and always ready to go off. VERY LOUD and powerful when pushed, soft and lulling when played with a more relaxed breath. Optimal strong backpressure for its size and pitch make the circular breathing technique easeful. This is an heirloom quality artifact and a highly collectable instrument. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Watch the video below to see Barry demo this yidaki for you. Read our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
FREE SHIPPING in the continental U.S.! Includes Certificate of Authenticity, care guide and playing guide.

Watch Barry demo this yidaki for you below.

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 yidaki: CONCERT QUALITY
CONCERT 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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