Hi there! My name is Roman Termit from the didgeridoo school «Australia». In my teaching experience I have faced with a host of standard questions from students. Here are the answers in a form of advice, set out in a simple, non-scientific language!
Choosing a didgeridoo
Buy an instrument in the key of D or E.
It’s optimal for the «coolness» of sound + in these keys you can get a longer sustain than if you take a «low» didge in the key of C, for example.
Bother the seller, he has to know the keys of instruments he sells.
Do not buy bamboo didges. They crack like hell both in summer and in winter. Absolutely unpredictable! You’d better buy a PVC-Didge with a wax mouthpiece or do it yourself. Or save up around 3000 Russian rubles and buy a teak wood Didgeridoo.
This is extremely important! Measure the internal bore of the mouthpiece didgeridoo before buying. The internal diameter should be no more than 28-30 mm (1.1″). If it is 33-34 mm (1.2-1.3″) and wider, your lips will fall inward as if you were blowing air into an elephant’s trunk.
The wider the bell — the louder and fuller the sound. it’s even better If not only the end of the bell but the third part of the whole didgeridoo is wider.
What kind of wood are the best didgeridoos made of? Eucalyptus, but starting with a price of $ 800 and more. 🙂 Eucalyptus for 4000-6000 Russian rubles (and teak) is not a priority. For such price the best are made of: maple, elm, oak and alder. It all depends on your budget and what you want from a didgeridoo. What kind of sound and playing. Maple is the best option.
Where to buy didgeridoos? Do not buy them in big ethno stores. They sell it with a 100% margins sometimes.
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