WHAT MATERIALS ARE THE DIDGERIDOOS MADE ?
The purchase of your didgeridoo is fundamental ! It is true that today we could quickly get lost in the choice of its didgeridoo, because over the years the manufacture of the didgeridoo has spread widely, and it has become democratized by force of things. In addition to pseudo-stores on the internet that sell everything not to say anything as long as the money is there. That’s all that matters for its unscrupulous people … so beware of scams !!!
To take up the “base” of the didgeridoo, I remember that it is an instrument that dates back 20,000 years and that its origin is Australian. This beautiful and profound instrument is played by the first peoples called “Aborigines” on this huge and beautiful continent !
1. Didgeridoo in Eucalyptus:
This is the reference material! The most expensive because it comes from far and has the most beautiful sounds. Before you have your Eucalyptus didgeridoo in your hands, you have to understand that the work upstream is just huge to bring it into your country !
If you are passionate about quality, you need between 500 and 3000 € on average. This is a fairly wide price range, I agree. But with many choices according to everyone’s tastes.
Basically, it is the original and organic matter in which didgeridoo is played for rituals by Aboriginal tribes and only in northern Australia. The Eucalyptus tree is eaten by termites as the tree grows and so is alive! Termites reach the heart of the tree through the subsoil and pass through the roots to delight and feed on his tender heart. Termites work like the fly when it eats. That is, they spit a gastric acid-based liquid to melt or soften the material they want to swallow.
It is besides this chemical mixture which creates a blackish and aqueous layer all along the tunnel, inside in this trunk which will become the instrument. A level sonority, it is what gives all the suave and warm side of this sound so particular didgeridoo, especially in the sounds “low”.
The MOUTHPIECE : Several types of mouths are possible on a didgeridoo in Eucalyptus :
– Beeswax : which is also the origin of the instrument, but which can easily melt the summer… which is a problem in itself.
– In wood: this one will allow you to play without the problems of heat precisely, and to be able to play with the beard also.
– Epoxy resin: the superior quality of this material is that it is very stable and reliable during summer / winter temperature changes.
2. Didgeridoo in Bamboo:
It is a cheap and very accessible material because very easy to find in the world. Very good to start especially if you do not have a big budget. Expect between 15 and 50 €.
Bamboo arrived for the “great exploitation of the didgeridoo’s fashion” around the year 2000, during SYDNEY J.O in Australia… a few years after the great discovery in Europe, we talk about the year 1995.
So everything was good to make money quickly and especially no matter how! With price tags and explanatory praising the fact that Bamboo was there because the “real eucalyptus didgeridoo” was so called “very hard to find and almost inaccessible even in Australia! “. Today who can still claim that ?!
The MOUTHPIECE : is rather made with the natural entre-section of bamboo, which is a kind of valve in the same material.
3. Didgeridoo in Teak :
The Didgeridoo in Teak wood is made in Indonesia for most of the time … its price is between 60 and 100 €.
It is solid wood that is drilled with long wick to create the tunnel in the trunk of the Teak tree. It is also decorated as a “dot painting” for the commercial aspect.
The MOUTHPIECE : is rather made in the continuity of the same trunk, or in white parafine.
4. Didgeridoo called “Sandidge” or “Sandwich”:
The materials, in general, will be the local woods in relation to the country where the manufacturer lives. The price can be attractive and can climb very fast! This will depend mainly on the criteria you would like to have on your didgeridoo … as well as the reputation of the manufacturer as well. Count from 100 € to 1500 €.
If you are a fan of didgeridoo in the “Beat-Box” style and you want to clearly go to this type of game. The Sandidge didgeridoo can adapt very well because the manufacturers of this type of didgeridoo generally have very good control of the parameters. of the air column of the instrument during its design. It’s up to you to be sure and precise about what you want.
The MOUTHPIECE : is rather made of wood according to the manufacturer, to discuss with him.
5. Didgeridoo called “Sliding Didgeridoo”:
In general, these didgeridoos are made in very good qualities ! Especially for French manufacturers, without wanting to be chauvinistic… it’s up to you to search the net. Price between 200 and 1000 € depending on the material used.
One of the advantages of backstage didgeridoos is the fact of being able to travel with it because the fact that it is stored in a “sliding” system can allow us to carry it easily in an airplane, boats, etc.
The second point is that one can have several notes on slide didgeridoo. Which means that if you have recordings in the music studio to do, it could be a good solution … or until you have defined the notes to play on your titles and songs.
The MOUTHPIECE : is rather made of wood and metal according to the manufacturer also, to discuss with him.
6. Didgeridoo in various material :
When I say “Didgeridoo in various material”, I’m talking about explorers of substances like hemp, terracotta, glass etc. Personally and from my experience, there are some very nice discoveries and surprises to be made !
For the price, trust your instinct. I prefer not to speak because I do not know, quite simply.