Didgeridoo #290


  • Key: C#
  • Length: 54″
  • Bell: 3.25″
  • Mouthpiece: Rosewood, Shedua
  • Back pressure: Strong
  • Wall thickness: Very thick
  • Skill level: Beginner to Advanced

I am so amazed by this stalk. I found this ancient flower on a trail and it had been cut and left there it looked like for many years. As I picked it up I was blown away by the weight of the stalk. To this day this is the thickest most dense agave I have found. I estimate the stalk to have bloomed 3 or 4 years ago and because of this and being cut so long ago it had one of the biggest cracks I have seen. I was so mesmerized by it though that I took it with me anyway. Honestly I didn’t think it was possible to make it into a didge but knew there was something special about it. I decided to work on it  when I was pretty much done for the day and the realization that it might be possible to make it work I was filled with such excitement. As I began hollowing out I realized I would be able to clamp it and seal it keeping the look of the crack and other features to show its age. In an area that was very badly split and  scarred I was able to add a beautiful turquoise inlay. This one weighs more than any on the site despite its size and one reason I write in wall thickness is it gives the player an idea of its strengths. Thin walled agaves play with a bit more liveliness and in general have more volume as thinner wood projects more sound and don’t need much time to warm up. Thick walled agaves take a bit of time to warm up and have a deeper more meditative sound. I have a lot of both in my collection and tend to use the thinner walled more for performance and these thick walled more to for more trance like play. They both are so great but this one is so unusual and is so mesmerizing to play. It also has such bright overtones with these thick walls. To let you know how excited about this one I was I ended up buying some amazing(and expensive) rosewood just for this stalk. I can’t say enough about this one and might end up in my collection if it is still here for a while!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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