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Eucalyptus Yidaki "ThunderQuake" by Djalu Gurruwiwi

Artist / Crafter:
Djalu Gurruwiwi

Key: D# 
Overtone toots: G, E, A, C#
Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Wood: Stringybark eucalyptus
Length: 53.5"
Mouth: 2" Outer diameter
Bell: 4" Outer diameter
Backpressure: Strong
Mouthpiece: Organic beeswax
Weight: 8.4 lbs / 2 kg
Ease of play: Very easy
Loudness: Low IIIIIIIII High

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Concert Quality Vintage Yidaki

01-didjyiddg02-s.jpgCrafted by Djalu Gurruwiwi
Watch a VIDEO demo of this didgeridoo below!

This is a WONDERFUL YIDAKI for playing traditional hard tongue rhythms or for simply vegging out into sonic bliss with contemporary rhythms! Its voice is on the bright side with a hint of gruffishness. Djalu Gurruwiwi (pictured at right) made this handsome yidaki around 2005. The timber is well seasoned by age and plays like a dream. Acquired from a private djalu-gurruwiwi-yidaki.jpgcollection, this yidaki is in EXCELLENT, LIKE NEW CONDITION. It was painted by Djalu himself with his personal totemic file snake and water lily motif.

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
Stunning sound and ease of play with a gently stirring, deep-megahertz ambiance that is out of this world, even for a Djalu! You would easily pay two thousand dollars for a similar yidaki by Djalu from shops in Europe and Australia, so we suspect that it may sell very quickly at this offering. On the bright side acoustically and oh, so easy to get the best out of it straight away. Defying its mid pitch of D# you get heaps of bass frequencies which make it sound like a deeper didge, along with aggressive vocal distortion effects and a resonant, earthy drone that responds beautifully to both contemporary rhythms and traditional hard tongue style. This yidaki offers 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. Excellent value for its sound quality, age-seasoned timber, resin-coated finish and provenance. 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.
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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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