Key: G (in perfect pitch)
Overtone toots: A, F#, B
Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Wood: Stringybark eucalyptus
Mouth end: 1.1" Inner diameter
Bell end: 3.5" Outer diameter
Weight: 4.6 lbs / 2.1 kg
Ease of play: Very easy
Loudness: Low IIIIIllll High
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Crafted by (Unkown)
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Acquired from a private collection, this old yidaki circa 1998 is pitched in perfect G and ready to shread! We don't know the name of the crafter/artist, but we do know that it was originally bought from the art center at Maningrida in Australia's remote Arnhem Land region of the Northern Territory. It features a natural mouthpiece so that no beeswax is needed to create a seal for your lips. The artwork depicts a motif of turtles and beetles, and there's a wrap of cloth tape and resin at the top end. This cloth tape was most likely added to seal the wood from cracking, which is a common practice when a yidaki is used for ceremony. That said, we have no anecdotal evidence that it was definitely used in ceremony. See the close-up photo 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. Very collectable. Well seasoned timber and provenance. A rip-roaring high G yidaki to be sure!
Crafted from termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus in Australia's remote N.E. Arnhem Land. The interior bore is very craggy and tight which increases pressure and delivers a gritty, gnarly, dirty acoustic –– sound characteristics that are preferred by traditional players. There are a few hairline cracks in the surface and one or two do leak just a bit, but I've made no attempt to seal them because it sounds so good the way it is, and because I didn't want to disturb the natural patina it's gotten from all the time it spent in the aboriginal community where it came from before someone picked it up at the art center. The natural mouthpiece is comfortable and will be sanitized with Didgeri-Clean (tea tree and lavender oil) before shipping to you. No beeswax is needed.
Soundwise: High Quality
This old-school yidaki delivers UNRELENTING SHREADABILITY! It's a VERY LOUD, cranking, rip roaring stick. Not for a beginner, though, as you gotta have your chops primed for this yidaki. Perfect for drum circles or jamming with other instruments as the high G pitch cries out above the din of drums. And at just under four feet in length it's easy to carry around. If you like to play loud and fast... here's your rocket! The first trumpet toot is bright to the drone and the overblown note is very stable making it easy to incorporate into rhythms. Built for traditional or hard tongue rhythms. Three easy horn toots. Very strong backpressure makes the circular breathing technique easy. This old beauty is fiesty 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.
Sound quality rating for this yidaki: HIGH 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.