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 found this incredible old soul after I was heading back for the day and noticed it laying by the side of the road. It had fallen down a huge cliff, caught most likely in the recent crazy spring winds we have been experiencing. This is one of the oldest and thickest agaves that I have worked on. 95% of stalks wouldn’t make it to this stage. I am guessing the age at around 3-4 years baking in the desert sun, withstanding monsoons, and the cold we get on occasion in these higher desert areas. You can feel the age and wisdom in its drone right when you begin to play it. It is deep both in note and feeling. It has a delightfully calming drone with crystal clear overtones and vocals are so strong on this one. I have such a love for these ancient stalks and all the cracks and bug holes that give it so much character and style. There is some sweet turquoise inlays as well that accent these rugged features. In my traditional old soul style of making and in general I leave many of the cracks instead of filling them to be flush. Don’t worry as this stalk is a beast and none of the cracks will spread or go through. These are the strongest of all the agaves and so fun to play these ancient rare stalks. Great for the player who is using didge for more trance and meditative style of playing. Of course it can go as fast as you can play but this one tells the player to slow down and experience the calming vibrations.
This is quite a beautiful sounding and looking stalk. These deep notes are always so fun to chill out and play and calm down in this hectic world we have created. I loved the wood tones in this and felt that the mouthpiece needed some color as well so found some really nice purpleheart and canary woods that look so nice together. This takes hardly any breath and this didge has a ton of power. It has a really nice bass in the drone and the vocals are so crisp up against that deep drone. Overtones are not my strength but this one has some really easy to hit deep toots. I was also taken aback by how responsive this one is to ever little manipulation. While recording it I realized how easy this one is to play and travel sounds and play with a ton of speed and percussion as well. I didn’t want to stop the recording, haha! A beauty for the eyes and ears!
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 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!
This beautifully tapered old soul will be great for the ultimate beginner to the most advanced. It is so easy to play and has so many capabilities. with the thinner neck and thicker wall thickness the overtones on this are reached effortlessly. The strong back pressure make circular breathing a cinch and for those still learning the process this would be a perfect one for you. Vocals are strong and loud and really project out the huge bell. This old soul was a big bug hangout spot and you can’t tell from the photos but there is a ton of turquoise inlaid on the top side near the middle of the stalk. The possibilities are endless with this one!
This sweet little didge has a ton of spunk to it and wants to be heard! With its thin walls and bell it really projects volume nicely. Clear loud vocals sound great on it and the overtones are really easy with the thinner neck. These smaller, quick tapered didges are perfect for beginners as they just have such a great feel and play so effortlessly. I also loved the wood coloration especially at the bell. A great one to start on and advance quickly!
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!
- Key: C#
- Length: 72″
- Bell: 7′
- Mouthpiece: Zebra, Satinwood, Wenge
- Wall thickness: Medium
- Back pressure: Very strong
I have more C#’s than any other note in my collection. I have always loved the grounding feel you get playing and listening to the key. Noticing those feeling and what rhythms come to your mind with each note is so interesting. This one is a beast at 6′ in length and that big 7″ bell. It plays with an explosive ability with lots of volume and incredible response and resonation. With these longer didges I love how you can travel sounds down it to create such movement within the drone. Vocals are loud and clear and the overtones are a cinch with its length and taper. A great note to begin on and also one for those of you advanced players that want to add another to the collection!