Order no.: HLY-204
Listen to this yidaki here:
Maker: Yalpi Yunupiŋu
Area of origin: Birany Birany, Northeast Arnhem Land
Material: natural pigments on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus
Key: F (drone)/ A (toot)
Mouthpiece: 2.6-3cm (internal), 4.5-5cm (external)
Bell: 6.2-6.5cm (internal), 8-9cm (external)
Price: 600AUD + shipping
Description: I had a few yiḏaki from Yalpi in my hands, all of them have similar characteristics: the simple finish, the marks of the machete that is used to shape the instrument, the extremely good playability and the feel that you hold a ‘classic’ traditional yiḏaki in your hands.
It has a comfortable mouthpiece, well-balanced backpressure and rich sound. The transition between the drone and the ‘dups’ is very easy, and sound really good.
If you read Yalpi’s bio (click on his name above) you can be sure, that you found an instrument with high cultural integrity. The miny’tji (design) depicts one of the most powerful Gumatj totem, the gurtha (fire). I recommend this yiḏaki for traditional players.
Available from here: Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping