These didgeridoos have good volume and have a nice condensed sound. Don’t be fooled by their size as many of these have as much volume as bell didgeridoos. I really like these for recording and also in performances when using a mic. They are also great for someone who travels and hikes a lot.
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!!
A# has been the most popular note on here and for good reason. It is one of the most mesmerizing keys to play. This one has nice big bore which gives it a beautiful deep bass drone. I have always loved the big bores for the sound of their drone as I love to play ambient synth like music. This one has great overtones as well and the vocals are incredible as on all agaves. Playing this for the recording I realized just how amazing this didge is and was so great to hear in the headphones I just wanted to keep playing as it was so soothing. This would be and incredible didge for meditation and sound healing. It has some really great percussive qualities and can move quickly when you want it to which is so great to be able to play fast on these deep notes. Just an amazing player and highly recommend this one!
As you can see from the photos there is a ton of turquoise inlaid throughout this beautiful Old Soul. My friend described it as a galaxy of turquoise:) I love the challenge and how time consuming these older stalks are to make. I am sure most agave makers would look at it and see too much work but I love the process of turning all the bug holes into inlays and see the old wood transform with all its cracks and weathered wood end up being a polished instrument. There are over 70 inlays in this one! It must have been a very popular hub for bugs as I haven’t seen that much activity in many stalks. I love working stone into the wood and reminds me of the short time I did silversmithing. C# is such an amazing key and my first key I really felt resonated with me when I first started playing. This one has such a beautiful balanced drone with awesome vocals and overtones. Really nice back pressure and just feels so good to play and look at with all the gems it has. Just a cool Old Soul that would be great for every level of playing ability.
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!