First of all, please make sure you read and understand our Terms and Conditions. We sent you a link before the purchase.
After you unpacked your instrument please have a look on it carefully, look for cracks or damages. If you find any, contact us as soon as possible!
The second step is to read through this section.
You need to know, that your instrument is coming from a completely different climate – unless you are living in Northern Australia. The climate change can be a physical stress to your didgeridoo that can cause pretty big issues like small or even bigger cracks. Most of the traditional didgeridoos are sealed on the outside with timber glue and/or acrylic/ochre paint (we inform you otherwise). The inside of the instrument is not sealed most of the cases. It can be a benefit to seal the inside, but before you do so, you need to know that any type of sealant you are going to use might affect the characteristic of the sound. If you choose to seal it, please read through the next section, and/or ask our opinion.
Finishing off the outside
As we mentioned above, most of the instruments are sealed on the outside. The makers usually use timber glue after they finished with the sanding, then they paint it. If you would like to protect the painting, we recommend to use clear oil or water based matt or gloss varnish.
Finishing off the inside
Most of the cases the inside of the instruments is not sealed, however some makers use timber glue to finish off the inside. To protect you didgeridoo and avoid cracks in the future, we recommend you to think about some kind of solution.
Glue: you can use water proof timber glue as a sealant. We recommend to mix it with water to get a thin liquid, than pour the mixture through the instrument, make sure it is sealed properly. When you finished your job, leave the instrument in a vertical position the let the excess glue out.
Oil: there are many different type of oils to treat and seal timber. One of the cheapest and easiest option is linseed oil (we suggest to use the anti-mould option), you can buy it at your nearest hardware store. The tung oil absorbs to the timber the best, it is more expensive and harder to source.
Pour the oil through the instrument into a bucket. During you are oiling your didgeridoo, make sure every parts of the inside of the instrument is sealed – you can repeat the process to make sure there is enough oil in the inside to get a better result. When you finished, leave the didgeridoo in vertical position to let the excess oil out.
If you use your didgeridoo a lot, we recommend to repeat the oiling every second year or so.
As we mentioned above, any kind of sealant can change the characteristic of the sound, therefore many didgeridoo players choose not to use any sealant at all. If you prefer to do it, keep it in mind, that the timber needs to breath, so do not use excessive amount of glue or oil to build up a water resistant film in the inside of your instrument. It is important to keep in mind, that every timber didgeridoo sounds their best when it is warmed up, and the timber gets wet in the inside. It adds ‘life’ to the sound, helps to bring out a richer and vivid tone.
A few tips to keep in your mind
- Do not play your new didgeridoo longer than 5-10 minutes at a time during the first two weeks after the purchase. Your new instrument has not been played a lot before, so it needs to get used to its new home, owner, the fluctuation of the internal air density, moisture and temperature. After two weeks you can start to play it longer, but take it easy! We know it can be really annoying to stop playing it after short periods, but believe us, it is worth it!
- Make sure you keep your instrument on a proper spot – not too hot, not too cold, definitely avoid the direct sun and the big temperature changes!
- Keep your eye on any appearing or existing cracks. If you find a new one, we suggest not to touch it for a while, let the internal tensions of the timber do their job. After the crack stopped, you can seal it (please ask us if you are not sure `how` and `when`).
- Clean the inside of your didge with clean water every now and then, keep it nice and tidy.
- If you take your didgeridoo with you anywhere, make sure you protect your instrument, especially if the outside temperature is low. Look for proper cases and use them! Do not take it outside immediately after playing if there is cold out there, not even in a case!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us, we are always here to help!
Enjoy your didgeridoo, and leave us any feedback!