This instrument is old school, exceptional, and rare. Acquired from a private collection, it was crafted by Frank Thill circa 2003 and exquisitely painted by Gullawan (Larrakeya aboriginal) with a perentie lizard and spinifex grass motif. This yidaki is in excellent condition with barely a blemish on it anywhere. Classic profile, tapering dramatically from a natural mouthpiece to a HUGE 6.5" bell that's been chisled clean and deep to truly project the sound.
In the didgeridoo community at large only a few names have become synonymous with expertly crafted yidaki, and one of them (Frank) is not aboriginal. Frank worked with Djalu Gurruwiwi and his family for quite a while in Australia's NE Arnhem Land, learning traditional crafting techniques from the master himself. Upon moving to Darwin around 2001, Frank's reputation for making exceedingly fine yidaki had begun to swell around the world. With Djalu's blessing, Frank crafted some of the most highly sought-after instruments to be found. Then, in a matter of just a few years (following the birth of his daughter) Frank shifted gears, moved his family to South Australia, and pursued an entirely new career. So the number of instruments Frank made are quite limited as compared to those by crafters still working today. And that makes a fine yidaki by Frank Thill even more rare and desirable among players and collectors.
The artist Gullawan was born in Darwin, Australia, and belongs to a highly respected family with 6 brothers and 7 sisters. He was taught by his uncles to make traditional spears at an early age. He also learnt the skill of crafting woomeras and didgeridoos but his painting skills were self taught and only developed over the last 10 years after leaving a vocation at Kakadu. Gullawan paints from the environment where he lives in conjunction with depicting the knowledge and stories passed on to him from his mother. He's been passing on his cultural knowledge to his son.
This BIG, GORGEOUS, BEEFY, FERAL, CONCERT QUALITY yidaki was crafted from well seasoned stringybark eucalyptus. It sports a BIG 5" bell on the bottom end, and at nearly 5 feet long and 10.4 pounds in weight this is not an instrument to take backpacking, rather, it's a showpiece that you'll admire and enjoying playing at home for many years. The conical bore is very clear which increases volume, harmonics, and clarity of tone. A satin finish protects the wood and artwork from the elements. The inside was originally treated with tung oil and has now age seasoned beautifully and without any cracks whatsoever.
Soundwise: Concert Quality
This vintage instrument is 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, well seasoned timber and provenance. The interior bore is very clear and open which increases volume, harmonics, and clarity of tone. Fitted with a comfortable mouthpiece made of organic beeswax, sanitized with Didgeri-Clean (tea tree and lavender oil). The mouthpiece can be easily be adjusted to fit you perfectly, no worries.