These didgeridoos are the oldest strongest agaves that have survived many years in the desert through extreme conditions. My personal collection is comprised mainly of these didges. They have great character with many small cracks and bug holes which are filled from the inside but retain their character on the outside.
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On a long harvest day I was about to call it until I saw this one calling from the top of the hill. It was the prize of the harvest as I love these thick Old Souls. If you look at my personal collection many have the characteristics of this one. It plays with ease and has a rich powerful drone with a warm overtone present in the drone when you push it right. It warms up quickly and when it opens up has so much power and response and even though its an open bore there is great back pressure. Like all agaves the vocal response is tremendous and the overtones are easy to reach as well. The pigments are beautiful in the wood which is one of my favorite qualities of these unique Old Souls. It’s hard to tell from the pics but the red and white patterns almost have a leopard look to it. Also, being an older stalk I was able to use all the bug holes throughout to fill them with turquoise. This would be great for any level player and a real gem!
Upon finding this old weathered agave stalk I wondered if it could be salvaged. The wood spoke to me though and loved its variation in colors, hard resonant walls, tremendous bell, and challenge of making it. I’m happy that I didn’t pass it by as it metamorphosed into quite an impressive player. If you like deep bass frequencies and volume this this could be the didge for you. Despite its size this one takes hardly any breath and the back pressure is nice and strong even with its open bore. In addition to its awesome bass frequencies it has incredible vocal abilities. Vocals seem to be projected through a megaphone out that 8.5″ bell and traveling vocals with its great length creates such cool effects. It is very responsive and is also easy to produce clear overtones. Typical with many of these Old Soul didges the wood has so much variation in color from many years in the desert. I don’t know what causes all the pigment changes in the agave but sure love the way time in the desert adds stories in the wood. A beautiful piece and player!
I was so excited when I found this agave and was the first I worked on when I got back home from that day collecting. I absolutely love these thick old souls for the way the way they play and look. I am guessing this was waiting out in the desert for a few years waiting to be transformed into an instrument. While out there it became a home for many insects that created a ton of opportunities for me to inlay turquoise throughout. This one has such a great taper and has perfect back pressure. It responds to any tiny manipulation of sound and has such a good feel to the drone. The vocals are clear and loud and the overtones with its bore taper, wall thickness, and length make the overtones a cinch. This would be great for a beginner to the most advanced as it is so easy to play but has so many capabilities.
If you haven’t played a deep keyed didgeridoo you are in for a real treat. A# is one of my favorite notes for playing a more meditative ambient style of playing. With it’s light weight, thin walls, and deep resonance this would be perfect didge for players using it for sound healing. These deep keys require very little breath and a slight adjustment in lip buzz as it has so much back pressure. Once it is figured out it is amazing where these deep meditative sounds take the player. With its thin walls it produces quite a bit of volume despite having a smaller bell. Overtones are so easy as well with its taper and length. A#’s are hard to find especially ones that are more portable and weigh so little. A steal at this price for a rare note to find.