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.
One of my talented artist friends said that this may be the most beautiful of the ones she has seen. After all of the years of making them I have never seen this kind of coloration in an agave. I found it on a camping trip in an area far from where I usually collect. The agaves looked to be the same species but there must have been something environmental or perhaps cross pollination of different species to create this unique flower. Along both sides is a purple streak that runs the length of the stalk with many shades within the streak. It is complimented by very light wood that pops these colors and turquoise inlaid as well. I chose purpleheart as the mouthpiece as it matches it so well. Ok, enough about its physical beauty . This one is extremely sensitive to any slight movement. It takes so little breath and less is more with this one. Three easy overtones with its longer thinner bore. Nice rich bass tones in the drone and crystal clear vocals. One other interesting fact is that purple is the color associated with the crown chakra which is the key that this one is in. Seems it was meant to be. A truly unique agave didge!!
I created this didge with the ultimate beginner in mind. It would also be great for someone looking for a smaller traveler style with its size and light weight. I know when you first start playing it is hard to know if you will really get into the instrument so wanted to make a more affordable option. D# is a great key to start on and this one with its narrower bore has strong back pressure to aid in learning circular breathing and the drone is easy to find and has a really nice balanced tone. Despite it’s size it can play with lots of power and speed and would be great to learn on. With its smaller bore size it will also help while learning toots and is great for vocals as well. As a traveler and only weighing about 2 lbs you can take it out on hiking adventures or take it more places than the larger didges. Maybe this is the one to start your journey with or for the experienced player to take on other outside adventures!
Just recording this didge I immediately noticed how responsive it is and how good it made me feel! This one may fluctuate a little on key as it seems to sometimes be more of a D# and sometimes can register a bit into the D range. It is a bit of an in between note so if you need to be in a perfect key this might not be the one for you. I like to go more on feel when I am not playing with tuned instruments and this one has a such a great feel to it. Has the ability to play with great pace with the incredible taper to that huge bell but plays so beautifully in an ambient style. The curve one this one is so amazing and has really nice dense wood that tapers to create a resonator like bell that has a ton of volume. This Old Soul had a ton of bug activity which translates to a ton of turquoise inlays throughout not seen in the photos. The turquoise goes so well with the beautifully varied pigments. You can also see some termite activity in the bell photo which adds some great character and shows the age of the stalk. This was such a fun one to work on and now play!
Here is another monster Old Soul agave didge. Yes, this one actually has a 9″ bell! With such a large bell it can actually stand up straight:) This is an extremely old stalk that has some really nice dense thick walls. It can play with more volume than maybe any didge I have ever made. It excels both rhythmically and in ambient style of play and has amazing vocal potential. The drone is full of bass with its big bore and has such a good feel to it. If you are busking or playing with others you will definitely be heard. This is a great didge for the serious player and could inspire so many new ideas. Also great for a sound healer with its tuning and calming bass frequencies. This one has to be played and seen to be believed!
I have been making a lot more of these smaller didges that are really great for beginners to advanced but are at a lesser price point. This D# registered in key at 432hz and although this can fluctuate with humidity and temperature this is a really healing didge. It has such a balance with its drone with bass and percussive qualities and is so easy to play. This is explosive rhythmically as these smaller agaves pack a punch and still have a great amount of volume. This one has medium to thin walls and so the vocals are extremely loud and clear there are so many harmonic qualities going on when you push it in the right way. Also easy overtones and strong back pressure. This is such a fun and powerful didge and would be great for so many styles of play!