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About this instrument:
I love this didge. It pretty much encompasses every characteristic of a good playing agave that I enjoy. Strong back pressure, easy trumpets (especially the first trumpet which is an octave above the drone making it easy to hit), clear harmonics, strong bass presence (although the mids and highs still cut well allowing pronounced frequency manipulations). Perfect shape with a large 6 1/2″ bell great for acoustic playing or busking. .
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 Didjeridu 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.
Drone note: D
Trumpets:D, C, F
Bell end: 6 1/2″
Weight: about 4lbs
Mouthpiece: 1 3/16″ I.D. zebra, walnut and bass wood
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