Order no.: HLY-180
Listen to this yidaki here:
Maker: Yalpi Yunupiŋu
Area of origin: Birany Birany, Northeast Arnhem Land
Material: termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus
Key: E (drone)/ Ab (toot)
Mouthpiece: 3cm (internal), 5cm (external)
Bell: 7-8cm (internal), 9-11cm (external)
Price: 520AUD + shipping
Description: A great example of a classic bush-yiḏaki made with only hand tools: a machete, a chisel, and sand paper. The result is a 100% organic didgeridoo!
The walls are quite thick, therefore the instrument has some weight; the maker took some wood off at the upper part of the instrument, the bottom section left untouched, looks as it is under the bark. The bell saw a chisel, however as you look inside the instrument you can see the natural bore, that makes this yiḏaki – at least in my eyes – a perfect didgeridoo.
Is is really easy to play, the switch between the drone and the toot is effortless, the sound is rich, and has a good volume. I recommend this excellent stick for those, who are practising the traditional playing styles of Northeast Arnhem Land, and want to get a solid instrument to take anywhere in any conditions.
Available from here: Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping