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Eucalyptus Yidaki "Walutju" by Nongu Ganambarr

Artist / Crafter:
Nongu Ganambarr

Key: D (in perfect pitch) 
Overtone toots: F#, D#, A, C#
Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Wood: Stringybark eucalyptus
Length: 54.5"
Mouth: 1.18" Inner Diameter
Bell: 3.5" Outer Diameter
Backpressure: Strong
Mouthpiece: Natural wood
Weight: 7.2 lbs / 3.3 kg
Ease of play: Very easy
Loudness: Low IIllIIIIl High

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Concert Quality Australian Eucalyptus Yidaki

01-eucyidaking04-s.gifCrafted by Nongu Ganambarr
Scroll down to watch a VIDEO DEMO of this didgeridoo being played.

Here's a classic, super easy to play yidaki made from age seasoned timber. Ngongu Ganambarr (Dhuwal aboriginal) crafted and decorated this instrument from stringybark eucalyptus. He is the son of the elder clan leader for the Datiwuy mala (clan). Ngongu lives at the Dhalinybuy outstation in a very remote area of Australia's Northern Territory. His work is consistently excellent with natural bores, small natural mouthpieces and excellent playing qualities. He is a talented yidaki player, dancer, singer and hunter. And if you are new to the didgeridoo, Ngongu is very well established as one of the best yidaki crafters in the world. The artwork depicts a garma (brackish water) and fish motif. See the rotating close-up photos at left for a better look. 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, condition, well seasoned timber and provenance.

Acquired from a private collection, this fine yidaki circa 2006 is in very good condition. Up near the mouthpiece (where the yidaki is held when played) the white ochre in the artwork is a bit worn, and there are two smaller lines in the artwork where something had scraped against it, but nothing truly obvious or degrading of the value of this piece. It was traditionally crafted from termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus in Australia's remote N.E. Arnhem Land. The interior bore is very clear and open which increases volume, harmonics, and clarity of tone. A clear finish protects the wood from the elements. The natural mouthpiece is very comfortable and will be sanitized with Didgeri-Clean (tea tree and lavender oil) before shipping to you. No beeswax is needed.

Soundwise: Concert Quality

When played in the traditional hard tongue style this yidaki has the acoustics of a ceremonial instrument. Having said that, it easily responds to contemporary style without hesitation offering up a LOUD, GRUFF BEATINESS. Truly expressive whilst being very easy to play. Good bass frequencies. The slightly tapered bore and medium-thick walls deliver warmth, depth, and gravel-voiced distortion effects. Blunt diaphragmatic response with perfectly balanced acoustics. And when I first checked on the tuner I was shocked that it was in D because it sounds deeper than that, yet it plays pretty bang-on smack between D# and E. Excellent for learning Yolngu style playing. It takes pressure well and cranks out the "drrt drrt drrt dupa dupa drrt" rhythms with raw grit. Four easy horn toots! Optimal strong backpressure makes the circular breathing technique easy. This old beauty is loud and powerful. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Watch the video below to see Barry demo this didgeridoo for you. We don't rehearse these videos so this is virtually you picking it up playing it for the first time! Read our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

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Includes Certificate of Authenticity, care guide and playing guide.
Watch Ethan demo this yidaki for you (contemporary style).


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 1-760-992-5982 for live help!

Sound quality 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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