Aboriginal Spiral Didgeridoo Horn, Natural with Case
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Aboriginal accent piece for the home that is 100% functional. This woodwind musical instrument is known as a didgeridoo and makes a low, droning horn sound when played. As an accent piece, it makes for great conversation starters as guests share their experiences of music around the world. Put it on display and you'll be surprised at who picks it up and is able to play! Made from 100% plantation grown mahogany wood and finished in a clear coat that lets the natural wood grain stand out. Measures approximately 11.5" L x 2" H x 11.5" W and comes with a protective nylon case.
- Aboriginal woodwind musical instrument accent piece for the home that is 100% functional.
- This woodwind musical instrument is known as a didgeridoo and makes a low, droning horn sound when played.
- As an accent piece, it makes for great conversation starters as guests share their experiences of music around the world.
- Made from 100% plantation grown mahogany wood and finished in a clear coat that lets the natural wood grain stand out.
- Measures approximately 11.5" L x 2" H x 11.5" W and comes with a protective nylon case.
While this most certainly doesn't sound as good as a full-sized, professionally crafted didgeridoo, it still sounds great, especially for $70 (price at time of writing). Compare to most professionally crafted wooden didgeridoos, which can easily run you more than $500, sometimes closer to $700 or $800. The sound quality is probably due to the curved shape of the interior space giving some nicer acoustic qualities than a straight tube would. Further, it looks beautiful with a very high-gloss finish on the outside, and I personally love the lighter natural wood color.
There are a few interesting things about this that you can't do on a normal didgeridoo. For one, since the bell (opening at the opposite end from the mouthpiece) is so close to you, you can put your hand over it to mute it, which also drops the note a bit. Since the bell isn't completely open--look at the picture, there's some didgeridoo in front of it--some of the sound bounces back at you. Coupled with how close the bell is to your head when you play, you can hear yourself quite well on this.
As for the spiral didgeridoo as a didgeridoo: the mouthpiece is just large enough that I can play almost a drop octave note--this is where you make your lips looser and they vibrate at a lower frequency than the drone, producing a very deep (but often raspy) sound. The backpressure is a bit lower than I personally like (I prefer instruments with quite high backpressure), but it's still at a very good level for playing. It's easy to circular breathe and play for a long time on one breath, though I don't know if I would recommend learning to circular breathe on this. Overall, it's a pretty easy instrument to play for someone with a little bit of experience under their belt. I don't know if I would recommend this for someone looking to learn how to play--it's probably perfectly fine for that, but I might recommend a more traditionally shaped instrument with higher backpressure if you're just interested in learning how to play (for learning to play, higher backpressure is generally better than lower). The vocal response is quite good in all registers from low (like growling) to high (like dingo calls/shrieking). Finally, the size is small enough to easily fit into most backpacks or even 17" laptop bags if you're in a pinch and need a makeshift carrying case. Really anything
In conclusion: it sounds great (especially for the price!), looks great, lets you do some interesting things with the bell that you can't do on a straight didgeridoo, is easy to play, and very easy to carry around. At the price, this is absolutely worth it for any didgeridoo players thinking of getting one, especially if you need a good-sounding and highly portable instrument.
While ordering this didj, I was quite skeptical. I have made quite a few of my own didgeridoos from both naturally hollowed wood and bamboo and consider myself quite picky about quality. I liked the shape and figured I could use it for a template, if nothing else.
First of all, the fit and finish is flawless; perfectly sanded with high quality, mirror finish varnish. Then I played it - excellent back pressure and tonal quality that I couldn't believe for the price! Vocalizations are loud and clear, even my favorite, the wolf howl. One added advantage of the shape is that you get much louder and clearer feedback of your own playing.
You'd be crazy not to buy one at this price!
The Didgeridoo is really well constructed and has a beautiful finish. The drone sounds full waiting for me to up my circular breathing.....it is also reputed to have a beneficial effect on apnea.
Recently I purchased a didgeridoo from X8 drums and it came ever so slightly damaged. In fact I hesitated calling to report the minor damage but did so for fear that eventually this defect in the finish could render the instrument unplayable. X8 customer service was incredible nice and offered to send another instrument immediately, no questions asked. GREAT service, nice people! I have to spread the word, trust these people and their wonderful products! I intend to share this story with the drum circles I attend. Thank you X8