Order no.: HLY-76
Listen to this yidaki here:
Maker: Gapanbulu Yunipiŋu
Area of origin: Biranybirany, Northeast Arnhem Land
Material: Acrylic paint and fixative on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus
Key: Eb (drone) / G (toot)
Mouthpiece: 3cm (internal), 4-4.5cm (external)
Bell: 5-6.3cm (internal), 8-9cm (external)
Description: A perfectly finished instrument with a well executed design and a good looking curve along the body. Gapanbulu clearly paid attention to the finish of this stick and spent some time to sand the surface back to get a fine finish. The simple painting on the natural timer reflects the colours of the Aboriginal flag, and gives the feeling that we deal with a contemporary style yiḏaki.
The mouthpiece is well-shaped, the wall is quite thick all the way along the body, even at the bell that has been left narrow. It is an easy to play instrument, the backpressure is medium, the transition between the drone and the toot happens without any trouble. The volume is moderate, its warm sound has a good bass and nice overtones after the instrument warms up. Great work Gapanbulu!
Available from here: Yirrkala NT, Australia