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About this instrument:
I began making this style of didgeridoo in early 2001. At the time, I was inlaying many of my didges with agates and fossils and the idea of highlighting the inlays through illumination was a natural progression. This particular didge is a from a series of illuminating didges painted by Briana Coiner.
The Brazilian agate inlays are carefully and permanently set into the main body of the instrument. When the didge is placed on the custom display stand (included), the agates illuminate showcasing the organic beauty of the agates. This truly brings forth musical functionality and visual art. The agate inlays not only serve as an artistic accent, but also add a unique overall resonance and tone. Its tuned to the key of D which correlated with the sacral chakra and is associated with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity. Its element is water and as such, its energy is characterized by flow and flexibility. This didge has great back pressure and overall playability. It has a medium bore size and a large bell (6 1/4″) which helps give it a bass driven tone yet with clear vocals and articulation. Please listen to the raw audio sample above for an example of this this didge.
I harvested this agave stalk in the south west region of the U.S.. When I harvest Agave, its a very important time and experience for me. It not only gives me the opportunity to explore the desert in search of prime Didgeridoo stalks, but also allows for personal spiritual connectedness throughout the entire crafting process. I only harvest Agave that is finished with its cycle and spent. I also spread any seeds left in the pods to help with the regeneration of the plant. I carefully hollow out the didge with a bore and burn technique. I use some home made tools, chisels, rasps, drill bits and fire..
I finish all of my instruments inside and out with a high quality, zero VOC epoxy resin. This finish is non toxic when cured and has virtually no out gassing. This is the most durable, longest lasting finish to use. Its waterproof too. After the finish cures, I fine sand the exterior and hand polish the instrument using either oils and polishing compounds or a wipe on poly.
I personally tune all of the didgeridoos I make and always attempt to tune them as close to “perfect” pitch as possible. However, there are many variables that can effect the tuning even after the didge is finished, such as ambient temperature, humidity, climate and the players technique. Therefore I cannot guarantee the didgeridoo I sell will remain in its advertised tuning when its received.
Drone note: D
Trumpets: Eb, C#,E
Bell end: 6 1/4″
Weight: about 4lbs
Mouthpiece: 1 3/16″ (30mm) I.D. oak, wenge, bass wood
Inlays: Brazilian agate
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