This is one ancient Old Soul with a ton of character that plays with such power. This stalk had to have bloomed over 3 or four years ago and it shows as there are numerous cracks, bug holes, and termite activity inside and evidence in the exterior as well. I see these as art so love to leave a lot of the imperfections visible in the exterior. The cracks and bug activity show its long life in the desert over numerous seasons and give is such a rugged appearance. Some customers have worried about leaving the cracks without filling them but be assured that they won’t spread or go through and don’t affect the sound quality. Most in my collection have a similar appearance and sound better and better with time. A# is such a magical key and always has an immediate calming affect on me. This one has great volume and power with it drone full of bass. Vocals and overtones are so crisp and clear. This one plays with real pace as well as excelling in an ambient style. A really incredible player that would fit perfectly for someone looking to explore these deeper keys.
The day I collected this stalk I saw the first rattlesnake I have seen in Arizona. Funny after all the years living here and collecting agaves that the only rattler I had seen was in Montana. This is a really thick stalk and I was unable to pull the leaves from the bell which this is the only time that has happened as well. I made a traveler didge from the top of the stalk last year and thought I would be able to get to the bell this time but to no avail. Thus I needed to make it as smaller didge with a long mouthpiece as I loved the dense wood, shape, and flare. As I finished this stubborn thick old soul I realized it reminded me of the ratter I saw that day with its shape and layered mouthpiece resembling a rattle. It plays with bite as well and this is for the advanced player looking to add some variations in sounds and styles of play. It takes a lot of breath and control but is so fun to play and a bit of a workout as well. If you have most notes and haven’t explored one in G yet this would be a great new addition!