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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I just love the feel and the way this didge plays. With its narrow neck and fast taper to a nice size bell this one plays with such explosive abilities. Really allows and encourages the player to play incredibly fast and mix in overtones with ease. The drone is so sweet and requires such little amount of breath that it lends itself well to ambient styles of playing too. The coloration in the bell sure is attention grabbing as it has such beautiful pigments of pinks and reds. The spalted maple mouthpiece adds a nice touch as well and just love the look of it. This was in Key at 432hz which is a very popular tuning for sound healing. This can fluctuate a bit with climate but in general will have that nice soothing tone if using it for these purposes. I have been having so much fun playing this one and would be great for the ultimate beginner or add some new sounds for the seasoned didge player. D# has always been one of my favorite keys for rhythmic style of playing and this one is so inspiring in how it plays.
This huge bore didgeridoo in B has such a beautiful bass tone drone. It instantly mesmerizes the player and would be great for a sound healer or for meditative style of playing. With such a deep note the open bore also allows for some really interesting rhythmic style of playing. Really easy to play fast on this one and is really great to be able to play with such tempo in a deeper key. The vocals are so crisp and really project well. This wood has so much resonance to it and this was an enormous flower at over 30 feet tall. Was quite the specimen. I have never made one with this big a bore so really had to carve a long mouthpiece of two of my favorite woods to taper to the opening. I will be making more as I just love the sound and how it makes me feel as a player. If you haven’t explored these deeper notes you are in for a treat!
I rarely collect agaves in town but this one had such a cool shape and presence to it. I walked past in nearly every day and finally ran into the neighbors and they agreed to save it. So sweet! I am not sure the species but it has such a nice shape and interesting coloration that almost looks like red leopard spots throughout. To accent these I wanted to add purpleheart and bubinga which are a close match in color. The sweet neighbor kept it standing for two years and then finally got the call it was ready to come down. This seems to be a very sensitive didge with a punch as well. There is a different wisdom in it, perhaps partly being a city didge, and has a really nice solid deep drone. Extremely responsive to everything, It’s a listener for sure. The overtones really easy with its shape and on this less is more as well. This seems to happen with most of the deeper notes. There is also a bit of a different contour instead of a mostly perfect circe in the actual wood which is hard to see in the pics but has a nice look to it. This would be great as a teacher for every didge player. Brings me to an instant peaceful place!
These giant agaves are such a challenge to make but so worth it. They play with incredible response and for the serious player these can take you to a place you may have not yet visited playing the instrument . The small amount of air necessary to play these is astounding. So much back pressure allows the player to really relax and focus on all the sounds you can create. B is one of the most soothing notes and would be great for those playing for meditation and also would be great for sound healing with the extreme resonation these have. You can feel this one shake as well as the walls of the room you are playing in. The overtones are crystal clear and especially with the thick wood on this agave have such a soothing quality to them. Vocals will blow your mind on this one as you can travel the 6 plus feet of didge creating amazing sound landscapes. This one that has so much power and can really help both the player and listener reach different worlds. Not only is it impressive in sound it is amazing to play a flower this large and the visuals alone capture the imagination of the player.