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  • Here is a unique opportunity for yiḏaki players and collectors to own an original B. Wunuŋmurra. I do not think I need to introduce Old Man for those who are interested in yiḏaki; for those who are new to the yiḏaki-art: Mr B. Wunuŋmurra is one of the most known and most influential yiḏaki makers of our age, passed away a few years ago (see more in his bio by clicking on his name).

    This stick is quite short, the internal aperture is open and spacious all the way along the instrument - therefore the backpressure is medium, and the sound has plenty of bass and overtones. The player needs to experiment and practice how to hit the dups, however once he got it right, it is effortless and comes easy. A great stick to upgrade the collection with something unique! Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A great Dhaḻwaŋu yiḏaki from one of the most productive makers; the backpressure is balanced, therefore the instruments plays effortless with a good power, volume and transition between the drone and the toot. I recommend this yiḏaki for those, who are looking for a traditional instrument with high cultural integrity to practice the traditional playing techniques of East Arnhem.

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  • Another top-quality Dhaḻwaŋu yiḏaki from Balku; the backpressure is well balanced, the transition between the drone and the toot is easy, the sound is direct and rish. I recommend this yiḏaki for those, who are looking for a traditional instrument with high cultural integrity to practice the traditional playing techniques of East Arnhem.

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  • Another top-quality Dhaḻwaŋu clan yiḏaki from Balku; the backpressure is well balanced, the transition between the drone and the toot is easy, the sound is direct and rich. I recommend this yiḏaki for those, who are looking for a traditional instrument with high cultural integrity to practice the traditional playing techniques of East Arnhem.

    Key: D# Lenght: 134cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.5-3cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A great instrument from Balku: easy-to-play drone and toot, medium backpressure, clear and crisp sound with great acoustics; the chamber is open all the way through the body, therefore the sound is straight forward. The only unusual feature of this yiḏaki is the thick wall - usually Balku creates lighter, slim instruments. A good catch for both traditional and contemporary players.

    Key: F Length: 128.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.7-3cm Available from Sydney, Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A simple looking, but top-quality player traditional instrument - as we got used to it from Bibibak (that is the reason why he is one of my favourite makers). A solid yiḏaki with a little bit 'dirty' sound, balanced medium backpressure, and easy transition between the drone and toot. I recommend this instrument for players who are following the traditional playing styles of Northeast Arnhem Land.

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  • Bibibak Munuŋgurr is a well known yiḏaki maker nowadays. When I come across with his work, I am always sure, that the good sound quality of his instruments is guaranteed. Bibibak is a ceremonial player, so he exactly knows what the good yiḏaki is. This instrument is a nice bush-yiḏaki with natural bore – that is, in my opinion, ideal – and sharp edges at both ends of the stick. The instrument plays easy, the rich and ‘bassy’ drone comes effortless, the back pressure is medium, the transition between the drone and the toot is easy. It is a really fun-to-play yiḏaki! The painting is not the best quality, the instrument had been repainted, that doesn’t add to its value for many players, that’s why I dropped the price – it shouldn’t confuse you though, the playing qualities comes first!

    Key: Eb Length: 136.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.5-3cm Available from Hungary, Europe with shipping to European countries For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
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  • Another great eye-catching instrument from Bibibak! It has a surprisingly high backpressure compared to its mid-range key, that needs to be handled by an experienced player – once you learn it, this yiḏaki becomes a powerful tool! It is a very responsive, fast-player yiḏaki, the toots are easy to hit, and as soon as it warmed up, the sound becomes rich in overtones. I recommend this instrument for those, who are practising the traditional playing styles of Northeast Arnhem Land.

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  • A classic instrument from one of our long-term favourite yiḏaki makers, with 'dirty' sound, balanced medium backpressure, and easy transition between the drone and toot. I recommend this instrument for both traditional and contemporary players.

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  • A unique instrument from Bibibak with 'dirty' sound characteristics, high backpressure and easy transition between drone and toot. The internal chamber is quite tights at the top, and gradually opens up towards the bell, that is left natural. I recommend this instrument for those players, who are practicing traditional playing styles and looking for 'something different' to extend their yiḏaki collection with a unique sound.

    Key: F Length: 149.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.5-3cm Available from Sydney, NSW Australia with worldwide shipping Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • An old-style yiḏaki with slim body, confined chamber and super-nice growl; this instrument has a quite low backpressure, but great playabilities. The sound feels deep and earthy, the toot is easy to play and sound great over the drone. I recommend this instrument for those, who are looking for 'something different'.

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  • This mago is a great opportunity for collectors who wish to have an original Bob Burruwal mago in their collection, since Old Man is not making many instruments anymore. It is a lightweight and tiny stick, with natural curved shape. The internal aperture is confined, and the medium backpressure is well balanced; the air flows through easy and effortless. The sound is rich in overtones and has a surprising depth to it. I recommend this instrument for traditional players only.

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  • A great instrument with a slim body and sharp sound. Due to its high backpressure, I recommend this instrument for players who want to challenge their playing style, and learn more about instruments with high pressure. Suitable for fast playing! The painting is a sacred Waŋurri clan design, depicts mangrove worms (latjin), painted with natural ochre. The maker, Buwathay Munyarryun is a senior lawman, he is the songman on the Mulka Archives – Yilan recording, accompanied on yiḏaki by Bibibak Munuŋgurr.

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  • A unique opportunity to purchase a used ceremonial yiḏaki made by a senior lawman and prominent artist, Buwathay Munyarryun; you can listen to him as leading songman on the Mulka Archives – Yilan recording, accompanied on yiḏaki by Bibibak Munuŋgurr. The entire body of the instrument is wrapped in electrical tape, that is a common practice nowadays on instruments that are used by Yolŋu players for a shorter or longer periods of time. The reason behind 'taping' is simple: the plastic tape protects the timber body of the instrument and helps to avoid, or seal cracks that can occur due to extensive use. This is particularly important during ceremonies, that go on for days or weeks, so the instruments are played for hours at a time by several players. The multiple layers of tape on this yiḏaki suggests that it was used by different players for months or perhaps years. When I asked Buwathay about the history of this instrument, he said, this is his own ceremonial yiḏaki and now, that it served its purpose, he wanted to pass it on via the Yirrkala art centre; that to me - knowing Buwathay as a senior songmen who carefully selects yiḏaki to accompany him during ceremony - signifies the acoustics properties of this unique specimen. The body of the instrument is perfectly tapered, the chamber is open all the way through, and naturally hollowed. The backpressure is quite high, but, in saying that, the high pressure is due to the length of the instrument, not the confined space along the neck - that is an important distinction. The sound has high volume, it is rich in overtones and quite sharp. I recommend this yiḏaki for players who wish to deep-dive into the traditional playing styles and have a real taste of what kind of playing characteristics Yolŋu players prefer.

    Key: F# Length: 133cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.2cm Available from Sydney, Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • I do not often have opportunity to offer yiḏaki made by Buwathay, so it is always a special moment for both me and the lucky customer who purchase one. Buwathay is a senior artist, clan leader and ceremonial-boss in the Miwatj region of Northeast Arnhem Land; he does not often makes yiḏaki, but when he does, it always comes with superb artwork and great playing qualities. This piece has open chamber, medioum backpressure, great acoustics and playing capabilities. I found the mouthpiece a little too wide for my liking, so I applied some wax during the sound recording, the future owner of the instrument might want to consider to do the same. I highly recommend this yiḏaki for collectors - if you don't own a Buwathay artwork, make sure you put it on your wishlist.

    Key: Eb/F# Length: 147.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.3cm Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A deep-tuned mago with open chamber and low backpressure recommended for players who are looking for an instrument to play slow, melodic rhythms. The sound is rich in acoustics, that are fired up after a few minutes of playing when the instrument warmed up.

    Key: C Length: 152.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 4cm waxed Available from Hungary, Europe with shipping to European countries For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this mago here:
  • A very ‘slow-player’ instrument with deep, relaxed sound from Maningrida, North-Central Arnhem Land. The walls are quite thick all the way along the body, that’s why it’s a heavy stick. I had to spend some time to find the sound I was looking for in this instrument, since the play-ability is unbalanced and the backpressure is low. A very slow-moving stick with good bass and overtones after a few minutes of playing. The painting depicts ceremonial body pendants.

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     A slow-player instrument from Maningrida, North-Central Arnhem Land with deep, relaxed sound, good bass and overtones. Due to the length of it and the open bore all the way through its body, the backpressure is low – therefore we recommend this excellent mago for experienced players who have good control of the instrument. Its unique part is the mouthpiece insert fixed by glue, sealed by natural beeswax, that is a common way to reduce the internal aperture on instruments made in the Central-Arnhem region.

    The detailed painting depicts the vines of the yam, one of the staple food sources of the region.

  • A unique catch for collectors: and 'old-style instrument with a mouthpiece insert, sealed with sugarbag: an amazing artwork straight from the bush. The instrument has open chamber and plenty of internal space, the sound is resonant, warm, rich in acoustics and the backpressure is medium to low. I recommend this great mako for traditional players.

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  • A high-resonant stick with thin walls and large internal chamber. The backpressure is low, therefore this instrument is quite relaxed and easy to play; the sound is rich in acoustics, deep and warm. The mouthpiece does not have wax at the moment, although it will be required since the opening is quite large. A great mago for kunborrk style!

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  • A great instrument from the Maningrida region from one of the busiest makers in the area; David Brian learnt his skills from his father, the renowned artist and didgeridoo master maker Bob Burruwal. David makes instrument for both ceremonial purposes and for sale – if you would like to see a few more examples of his work see the ‘sold didgeridoos’ menu, it is worth to check it out for visual pleasure! This particular instrument has a soft sound, that is – after about 5-10 minutes playing – reaches its real potential. The backpressure is quite low, therefore the player needs to learn to control the air-intake to get the best out of this great stick. I recommend this mago for those, who want to practice the traditional playing styles of West Arnhem Land, and prefer to do it alone, in a relaxed state.

    Key: C# Length: 136.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 4cm waxed Available from Hungary, Europe with shipping to European countries For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this mago here:
  • A low pitched, slow burner instrument with great playing qualities: the backpressure is medium to low, the deep sound is full-bodied and rich; even though low keyed instrument are usually require experienced players, this instrument is surprisingly easy to play. I recommend this rare, deep mako for collectors who are looking for something really unique.

    Key: B Length: 145cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 4cm (without wax) Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping. For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this mako here:
  • A highly-resonant mako with spacious internal chamber, conical shape, and meditative sound full of harmonics. Due to the medium to low backpressure, this instrument is suitable for slow, melodic playing style. There is a repair on the middle-part of the body, a hole patched up with wax (see on the photo). An excellent instrument and superb sound.

    Key: C Length: 139cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 4cm (waxed) Available from NSW, Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this mako here:
  • A highly-resonant mako with spacious internal chamber and meditative sound full of harmonics. Due to the medium to low backpressure, this instrument is suitable for slow, melodic playing style. The mako fitted with a mouthpiece that is a common practice amongst old-school mako makers in the Central Arnhem Land region. If you are looking for an instrument for sound healing, this is a perfect choice.

    Key: C Length: 155cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.2cm (without wax)

    Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping.

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  • A slow-player mako in the lower key-range. Due to its low backpressure and resonance, it is a quite meditative instrument. Once I poured water through the inside, the sound got rich in overtones, so I would recommend for the future owner to oil the timber in order to reach its real potential.

    Key: C# Length: 126cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 4-4.5cm, the mouthpiece is waxed Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping Listen to this mako here:
  • A top-player instrument for those who wish to practice the kunborrk style of Central and West Arnhem Land. This instrument has a characteristic sound and resonance with medium backpressure, plenty of acoustics and resonant body with thin walls. I highly recommend this excellent mako for those players, who want to sharpen their skills on West Arnhem style.

    Key: C# Length: 144cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 4cm (waxed) AVAILABLE WITH DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY WITHIN AUSTRALIA. For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this mako here:
  • A highly-resonant mako with spacious internal chamber, conical shape, and sound full of harmonics. Due to the wide open neck and tapered shape, the backpressure is low, therefore I recommend this great instrument for experienced players. Once you get used to its unique dynamics, this mako is super-easy to play and sings with rich melodics hidden inside. The mouthpiece is fitted with a mouth insert. An excellent instrument and superb sound, highly recommended for collectors.

    Key: C# Length: 142cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 4.2cm (without wax) Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping. For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this mako here:
  • A top-player instrument for those who wish to practice the kunborrk style of Central and West Arnhem Land. This instrument has a characteristic sound and resonance with medium backpressure, plenty of acoustics and solid, but resonant body. I highly recommend this excellent mako for traditional players, who want to sharpen their skills on West Arnhem style.

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  • A great West Arnhem-style mako with conical shape, solid wall and warm sound. The backpressure is medium and makes the playing effortless. The sound is rich in the lower frequencies, that slightly changes as the instrument warms up.

    Key: D Length: 131cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 4cm (without wax)

    Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping.

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  • An excellent instrument, a good example of mako played in the Central-Arnhem Land region to accompany kun-borrk songs: the spacious internal chamber and large bell produces exceptional volume, resonance and acoustics, the backpressure is medium and supports the player to create the characteristic 'pulling-sound'. The artwork is detailed and beautiful, painted with natural pigments. I recommend this superb instrument for those, who are looking for a mako of the lifetime.

    Key: E Lenght: 139.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 4.3cm, the mouthpiece is waxed Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping Listen to this mako here:
  • An unusual instrument from David: he usually creates mako with spacious internal chamber and rich acoustics - this instrument quite the opposite with tight internal chamber, and straight forward sound with sharp acoustics. The backpressure is high, therefore it is suitable for faster playing style.

    Key: E Length: 129.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.2cm (without wax)

    Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping.

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  • A top-player instrument for those who wish to practice the kunborrk style of Central and West Arnhem Land. This instrument has exceptional acoustics and resonance with medium backpressure and solid, but resonant body. I highly recommend this excellent mago for traditional players, who want to sharpen their skills on West Arnhem style.

    Key: Eb Lenght: 132.7cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.5-3.7cm, the mouthpiece is waxed Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping Listen to this mako here:
  • A highly-resonant mako with spacious internal chamber, conical shape, and powerful sound full of harmonics. The backpressure is medium and well balanced, that allows the player to 'pull' this mako in fast playing style. The wall is thin and consistent along the body, an exceptional craftsmanship and speaks to David's attention to detail. The instrument is fitted with a mouth insert, that is a common solution to reduce the size of the mouthpiece in Central Arnhem Land. An excellent instrument and superb sound, highly recommended for collectors.

    Key: Eb Length: 137.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.3cm (without wax)

    Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping.

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  • Superb instrument for serious players and collectors: powerful highly-charged sound, open tapered chamber, medium to high backpressure, a classic West Arnhem-style mako. Turn up your speakers while listening to the sound sample!

    Key: F Length: 124cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.3cm (without wax)

    Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping.

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  • An ex-ceremonial yiḏaki for collectors and traditional didgeridoo fans, wrapped with electrical tape that is a common practice amongst Yolŋu nowadays to protect heavily used instruments. The tape provides an easy-to-fix and replace solution for cracks and over-usage. This instrument is a lightweight stick with thin walls. The sound is warn, resonant, the instrument has medium backpressure and responsive to tongue movements. The internal chamber is spacious and clear. A perfect, fun-to-play yiḏaki.

    Key: E Lenght: 138cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.2cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • An easy to play yiḏaki from Dhapa, with medium backpressure, tight bore and good transition between the drone and the dups. As you can hear in the sound sample, the sound is down to earth; to be honest, D is not my favourite key, however after a warm up I was very comfortable to spend more time with this stick. I recommend it for both traditional and contemporary players.

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  • A 100% top-yiḏaki by Dhapa. It has a surprisingly powerful sound with medium to high backpressure, and warm sound that is rich in overtones. The walls are thin that gives a way new feeling to the instrument, it is very enjoyable to play! I highly recommend this stick for those, who are following the traditional playing styles of Northeast Arnhem Land.

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  • Dhapa is constantly delivering top-quality didgeridoos for the last few years, it is not surprising, that he is one of the most popular makers of the Northeast Arnhem Land region. His instruments are sought not only by ŋäpaki (non-Indigenous people), but I also often see his instruments played by Yolŋu players during performances or public ceremonies. This instrument is a great example of Dhapa’s work, the plain timber highlights his attention to detail and effort to give fine finish to his works. The mouthpiece and the bell are perfectly shaped, as you run your hands through the surface you can feel the maker’s refined vision and intention to provide high-quality artwork. Its sound is rich in overtones and bass; the switch between the drone and the trumpet-sound is effortless, the ‘dups’ are very easy to hit. We recommend this instrument for both contemporary and traditional players.

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  • [/fusion_soundcloud]A superb yiḏaki from Dhapa with excellent playing qualities: open bore, medium backpressure, easy to hit toot, super responsive and has powerful, rich sound. I recommend this instrument for players who wish to sharpen their traditional playing style.

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  • One of the top Dhapa-yiḏaki we have in stock currently: open bore, superb craftsmanship, clear lines and a little bit of 'funky' shape. It is an easy to play instrument, the backpressure is medium, the dups are easy to hit, the sound is rich and powerful. I recommend this instrument for players and collectors who are after a nice piece from Dhapa.

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  • A simple, easy-to-use stick from Master Dhapa for those players, who are looking for a light-weight instrument. It has an open, spacious chamber, medium backpressure and a slim body. The mouthpiece is comfortable, the bell is well-worked out, the wall is quite thin and resonant. A great choice for both contemporary and traditional players.

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  • Another great yiḏaki from Dhapa: open bore, clean finish, medium backpressure, easy to hit toot, rich sound. I recommend this instrument for traditional players.

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  • A powerful instrument from master Dhapa with impressive volume and acoustics. Due to the open bore the air flows through easy and the backpressure is medium. The wall of the instrument is quite thin at the mouthpiece and gradually gets ticker towards the bell. I recommend this excellent yiḏaki for anyone who wants to upgrade their collection.

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  • A great yiḏaki for but traditional and contemporary players at either beginner or advanced level. I really appreciate the acoustics and harmonics of this instrument that is due to its open tapered aperture and thin walls. Good catch, don't miss it!

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  • Another classic Dhapa yiḏaki for those who like high quality finish, attention to detail, open bore and nice crisp sound. The backpressure is well balanced, the mouthpiece is convenient and the wall of the instrument is thin and resonates well - also look at the perfect conical shape! Due to the open spacious chamber the sound is full-bodied and has plenty of overtones and bass to it. I recommend this instrument for players who are looking for a boomy yiḏaki with superb playing qualities.

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  • One of my favourite yiḏaki in the stock at the moment, cannot recommend enough. Super-fast player with well-balanced backpressure and powerful sound filled with overtones and energy. The transition between the drone and the toot is easy, and has plenty of depth to it. I recommend this instrument for players who are looking for a top-quality yiḏaki to blow their minds away.

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  • An easy to play yiḏaki from Dhapa, with medium backpressure, tight bore and good transition between the drone and the dups. I recommend it for both traditional and contemporary players

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  • A unique yiḏaki in the deeper key range with medium to low backpressure and full-bodied sound. The chamber is quite open all the way through - I even had to use some wax on you mouthpiece since the opening was a little wide for me - and opens up in a tapered bell. Even though the instrument feels like a slow player at first, it is capable for faster rhythms after warmed up. I recommend this excellent stick for both traditional and contemporary players.

    Key: C# Length: 162cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.3cm AVAILABLE WITH DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY WITHIN AUSTRALIA. For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • A perfect choice for someone who is looking for an easy-player instrument in the lower-key range. A responsive instrument with warm sound, rich acoustics and medium backpressure. I recommend for both traditional and contemporary players.

    Key: C# Lenght: 150.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.7cm Available from Bellawongarrah, NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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