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!
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!
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!
The agave plant is such an impressive plant that I just can’t gush enough about it. I am still in awe every time I go out and collect the stalks and think of their path from seed to this giant flower. This cam from an enormous agave which allowed me to leave on the flower nubs for the entire length of the didge. I have always love the looks of these and how each nub is on a subtle curve of the beautiful flower. These big agave have extremely sturdy stalks and this one has such dense resonant wood. I love how it look and love how it plays! A friend recently wrote me about solfeggio frequencies. He told me that C tuned to 444hz is one. I then realized my two C’s in my own collection were both in that tuning. This one also registered in 444hz , which can obviously vary with environment being a wood instrument, but his one has such a calming effect on the player and sure the listener. It has such a nice deep bass drone with easy overtones and clear loud vocals. A great one for the beginner to most advanced!
I have been waiting to work on this stalk for a very long time. This extremely old stalk has such an incredible shape, bell, and the wood so much resonance. Talk about a monster didge. I can reach my whole arm into the stalk and flap my hand around. This chamber has so much bass and such a soothing tone to it. It is an absolute rhythmic machine. It has just the right amount of back pressure that I like to play in a both rhythmic and ambient style. As you can imagine the volume on this is tremendous and the vocals sound like they are amplified. If you are a performer or busk this would be amazing to draw attention and be heard. C# was the first note that I really fell in love with and is still one of my favorite keys. It has such a grounding feel to it and is connected to the Om or root chakra. I love how this grounds me when I play it and this would be great for every style of playing from sound healing to beat boxing styles. A truly remarkable instrument.
We all need a little bit of heart chakra healing these days. I recently played at a Reiki circle and F was by far their favorite key. I have always loved F and F# and this one falls right in the middle. It plays with such amazing speed and has tremendous ambient capabilities. The overtones come so easy with the shape and wall thickness. The taper on this allows for some amazing response and would be great to play with drums as well as well other instruments as it will really stand out. While sanding this one I really loved all the coloration in the grain. One of the reasons I love the older stalks and the turquoise inlays really add a nice touch to the overall beauty of the stalk. If you are looking for some new inspiration in a higher key this would be a great addition!!
A is for Amazing! This is only the third A I have ever made over the past 19 years of making agave didges. The other one is in my collection and my cousin grabbed the other before it even made it on the site. A is one of the hardest notes to find and for good reason as they are difficult to make and require a great amount of length. This stalk just sings when it plays. Another one of the monster didges I promised would be coming this is huge at 6 and a half feet in length with a really big bore which creates an incredibly rich bass filled drone. You can feel the whole didge instantly shake when you play it as the wood has tremendous resonate properties with perfect thickness for a big bore didge with this kind of length. Words and sound clips can’t really describe how special this didge is until you actually play it. There is an instant feeling of relaxation when you hear it. This would be incredible for sound healers and people that love to play in a meditative ambient style. It also has great rhythmic abilities with its open bore and is so cool to hear such a deep instrument play with such pace. The vocals are crystal clear and travel so well up and down the length and the overtones so easy and soothing. The first overtone is in C and the second back in A which could be great for those that use didges with looping machines. I am so excited to see where this special Amazing didge ends up!
I had one customer compare his agave in E to a racing motorcycle. It seems these higher pitched fast tapered didges are just made to be played fast and have an extra gear that a lot of didges don’t have. This would be a great instrument to accompany drums as its drone will cut right through and can be played in such a quick rhythmic style with ease. E is such an important chakra being our solar plexus where our second intuitive brain resides. I also love its vocal and overtone ability with the thinner neck and fast taper to the big bell. Also can play great in a more ambient style and can be a singer as well. This was a really old stalk that had a ton of bug holes throughout. In these bug holes there are over 30 turquoise inlays which add so much to the beautiful coloration in the wood. Such a fun didge to play especially for those who like to play in a more rhythmic style!
I love this didge! I collected this on my last day of harvesting this spring. The skin on it had such beautiful red tones that were highlighted by the rare spring rain. I chose a beautiful piece of Padauk for the mouthpiece to reflect the color it once had. This is an ancient agave that must have survived three years through all the heat and rain and cold. I love working on these for all the character they have. You will find turquoise inlaid throughout the numerous bug holes and the sealed cracks show the wisdom and harshness of time in the desert. This one is so powerful and has something about it that just mesmerizes from the start. Such nice bass tones and vocal abilities. The overtones are a piece of cake with its thick walls and bore. If you are using didges for meditation and sound healing this is perfect. It registered in B at 432 here which can fluctuate with temp and humidity but will always be close to that tuning. It is a tuning that a lot of sound healers use and has such a great feel to it. B has always been a note that has really resonated with me and love how it calms the system. So excited to see where this one ends up!
If you are ready to begin your journey playing didgeridoo but not sure where to start this is the one for you! This one plays with such ease and has such a great feel to it. The back pressure is strong with its taper and takes very little breath to get the drone going. The drone is so nicely balanced and has really good volume with that 6″ bell it tapers to. This one registered in at both C near the 440hz and C# near the 432hz. I don’t really focus on tuning as much but more on feel and this one has such a nice vibe to it. The shape of this one also allows for easy overtones and the vocals are also tremendous. For the advanced player this one will be electric as it is so responsive and has the ability for great speed and also ambient style of playing. A perfect didge for the beginner to most advanced player!