Name: Djalu’ Gurruwiwi
Clan: Gälpu
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Ŋaypinya
Residency: Birritjimi/Wallaby beach, Northeast Arnhem Land

Djalu’ is the most well-known didgeridoo master makers of our time; being one of the most senior traditional custodians of the didgeridoo in Northeast Arnhem Land, his spiritual connection and knowledge about the instrument is unique amongst both Yolŋu and ŋäpaki (non-Indigenous people). His genuine wish to share his culture with the rest of the world contributed to the spread of the didgeridoo across the planet; his vision of the yiḏaki as a cross-cultural communication tool is extraordinary and exceptional. He also talks about the yiḏaki as a superb healing instrument, according to him those qualities derive from the ancestor spirits and the ability to connect to their powers, also the spiritual and personal traits of the player. During the past decades Djalu’ and his family travelled the world to play and share his yiḏaki, witnessed by thousands. His instruments are valued for the powerful sound qualities that often referred to as thunderous.

See below examples of yiḏaki made by Djalu’.

  • One of the last instruments in the stock from Old Man. I recommend this piece for those who are looking for a slow, deep-tuned instrument for relaxation, sound-bath and meditation. The backpressure is quite low, the transition between the drone and toot is comparatively easy, however I needed to get used to the pressure to be able to hit the 'dups' easily. Perhaps some wax at the mouthpiece will make it easier to play. This instrument has been treated with natural tung oil and gum turpentine to treat the timber and avoid cracks due to ageing.

    Key: C Length: 157cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.5cm Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • One of the last pieces in our stock from Old Man. A nicely shaped instrument with balanced backpressure, a little murky sound, easy transition between the drone and toot, and comfortable mouthpiece. This instrument has been treated with natural tung oil and gum turpentine to treat the timber and avoid cracks due to ageing.

    Key: Eb Length: 156.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.2-3.5cm Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • A big-gun from Old Man with an impressive big bell, and high volume; the backpressure is high, the chamber is open and the air flows through properly. The player needs a good lung capacity to be able to 'pump' this instrument to reach its real potential. Perhaps some wax on the mouthpiece will make it more comfortable to play. There are a few movements on the timber seen around the mouthpiece, so I offer this instrument on a reduced price; I recommend it for someone who is looking for an instrument to practice and build up lung capacity and not feeling confindent to potentially repair cracks. The instrument is sealed with tung oil and gum turpentine.

    Key: F# Length: 152.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.1-3.5cm Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • Many of our customers are interested in buying a natural instrument from Master Djalu’ – here it is one! The aperture along the top of the instrument is confined, therefore the backpressure is quite high, that can be challenging for many players. I always encourage customers to challenge their skills, and purchase an instrument like this, since it will help to understand the dynamics of a highly-charged yiḏaki – instead of playing fast, try slow rhythms and melodic beats. This instrument is very responsive, the ‘dups’ are easy to hit, the sound has a very high resonance with plenty of overtones. This yiḏaki is a good deal for those, who are looking for something different to update their stock.

    !!!Available from London, Europe with shipping to European countries only!!! Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • Even though this instrument looks somewhat simple, please do not be confused: this is an excellent, powerful yiḏaki with superb playing qualities! The drone is rich in overtones and bass - especially after a few minutes warm up -, the transition to the toot is easy and sounds spot-on. The walls of the instrument left quite thick, therefore the sound is focused and direct. A great catch from Master Djalu!

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  • A slow-player instrument with a nice growl to its sound; even though the backpressure is quite low, the instrument is surprisingly responsive and easy to play. the walls are thick, the chamber is somewhat confined at the top-section of the body. I recommend this great didgeridoo for those, who wish to try an old-style yiḏaki.

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  • A simple instrument from The Master: it has quite open bore, short body and low backpressure. We recommend this instrument for those, who are looking for a beginner-class, easy to use and handle traditional didgeridoo made by one of the most popular didgeridoo makers of our age.

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  • A high-pitched instrument from Master Djalu with high backpressure that makes this instrument suitable for experienced players only; the walls are quite solid, therefore it is a heavy instrument. A great choice for someone who wish to practice on a highly-charged stick to train the lungs and muscles.

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  • A fast player instrument with high backpressure and 'drity' acoustics. The toots are quite easy to hit, and the sound is quite confined due to the tight chamber and tick walls. I recommend this instrument for experienced players.

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  • A solid yiḏaki with tick walls, open bell and superb playing qualities and excellent acoustics. The dups are very easy to hit and sound great, the backpressure is quite high - exactly what you expect from an F# pitched stick. This didgeridoo is suitable for both slow and fast rhythms, although you will need to be prepared to have enough lung capacity to pump adequate air into its chamber. I recommend this instrument for players who wish to improve their traditional playing style.

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  • Unfortunately the photos do not capture the real size of this instrument, to get a sense of it have a look at the dimensions: it is a super-long instrument (189.5cm!) with a big bell and impressive volume. An easy to play yiḏaki (that is even more impressive due to its unusual size), the drone loud, warm and has rich acoustics, the backpressure is medium and the toot is easy to hit and sounds great. The key of the drone depends on the player, my tuner shows low D, although if you play it soft, it moves down to C#. The internal aperture is open and well worked out.

    An amazing stick, recommended for collectors or for those who are looking for a massive stick for sound-therapy.

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  • An extremely fast and versatile yiḏaki from Djalu's backyard from Birritjimi. Super responsive: sensitive to cheek, lips and tongue movements, the transition between the drone and the toot/dups is easy and fun to play. The sound is rich in overtones and has a good volume. I recommend this instrument for traditional players who are looking for a simple, easy to handle stick to practice fast rhythms. Collectors might also wish to note that this instrument is made of whoollybutt (Darwin Woollybutt/Eucalyptus miniata), that is an unusual material for yiḏaki.

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  • What you can see on the photos is a BIG yiḏaki with a BIG sound - just have a look on the sizes below, grab a tape measure and imagine: long (183cm!) stick with a massive bell (16cm) and open chamber all the way through. The backpressure is medium to low, that almost forces the player to slow the rhythm down to enjoy the resonant drone that literally gets under your skin; the transition to the toot is easy, however I struggled a little due to the size of the mouthpiece - perhaps this instrument requires a little wax to make is easier to play. This yiḏaki is a #1 collector's item, I recommend it for those who are immersed in sound-healing and meditation.

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  • A great yiḏaki with elegant shape and open bell. The internal chamber is quite confined along the top section of the instrument, that give the sound a 'dirty' feel - that I like very much. The backpressure is medium to high, the transition between the toot and drone is easy. Even though the instrument is capable of faster rhythms, the slower, flowing tempo feels more natural on this stick.

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  • A classic yiḏaki from Master Djalu: the open internal chamber and the solid, resonant wall provides great acoustic, the transition between the drone and the toot is easy, the backpressure is medium and make this stick easy to play. This is a great deal to anyone who is looking for an excellent instrument from Djalu on an affordable price.

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  • This great yiḏaki is a collaboration of two great artists from the Miwatj region, facilitated by the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre: Djalu supplied the instrument, Bulthirirri painted the design. Due to the confined chamber along the upper section, the backpressure is quite high; the sound has a somewhat 'rustic' feel to it, that is amplified in the massive bell at the distal end. The mouthpiece is comfortable, and makes it very comfortable to play this stick. The transition between the drone and the dups is easy, and sound great! A #1 collectors item!

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  • A thunderous, large stick with great playing qualities and superb sound. The drone has plenty of bass and overtones, the transition to the toot is easy and effortless. The instrument is responsive to tongue movements, the backpressure is well-balanced and makes this huge tube effortless to play.

    I recommend this yiḏaki for those, who are looking for a big resonator from Djalu'. Collector's item!

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  • A unique, low-burner instrument from Master Djalu', a great catch for yiḏaki and art collectors, and players who are looking for a meditative instrument. The wall of this didgeridoo is quite thick all the way through the body, the bell left almost as it is, with minimal chisel-work applied - therefore the instrument is heavy and solid. Despite of the unusual low key (that is extremely rare amongst traditional instruments) this didgeridoo is responsive to tongue and cheek movements, easy to play, even faster rhythms. The sound is rich in acoustics, warm and deep, the toot and dup is easy to hit and plays very well. This yiḏaki is a rare catch, do not miss it!

    In regards to the artwork, this design (or miny'tji in Yolŋu Matha) is quite rare on yiḏaki. The fine artwork, painted with natural pigments, depicts the river of stars - in Western cultures known as Milky Way - and, alongside it, an actual river that flows into the Blue Mud Bay, called Milŋiyawuy (or Koolatong by Whitmen). This particular design belongs to the Maŋalili clan (Datjuluma's mother's clan) who sing a song-cycle about the two ancestral beings who were drown close to the river-mouth after their canoe was tipped over by a huge tidal wave (an event sung by different Yolŋu clan-groups in the area). The spirits of the men then became stars and entered into a never-ending cycle of incarnation and re-incarnation into stars again. Yolŋu use the Milŋiyawuy river and the River of Stars as analogues to hold an pass on an immense sacred and sacred story that ties the Maŋalili ancestral beings, some totemic figures, the river, the land around Djarrakpi (a nearby homeland at Cape Shield) and the Milky Way together. Key: B Length: 172cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.5-3.8cm Available from Sydney, NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • A great slow-player instrument from Djalu's backyard. The warm and resonant drone is easy to play and rich in overtones; the transition to the toot is easy, the backpressure is low and slows the player down - that complements the low key, so you can get lost in the amazing acoustics (I hope it comes through in the sound sample). The mouthpiece is somewhat wide, I had to put on some wax to be able to play this stick properly. A great catch for those, who are looking for a meditative instrument from Djalu'.

    Key: C Length: 166.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3-3.7cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • Some of our long-term, returning customers might have noticed that during the recent months there were a few low-keyed instruments offered on this website. The reason for this is that I felt in love with these acoustics, low-tone-resonance and unique playability. I was lucky enough to be able to spend quite a lot of time in the the Yirrkala art centre and pull out these amazing instruments from the older stock there (watch out, more to come!). Here is another one: lovely deep tone, warm and powerful resonance, medium to low backpressure, easy to play, good sounding dups and toot and open aperture. Amazing instrument, recommended for players who wish to slow down their playing style and descend to a deeper level.

    Key: C Length: 166.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.8cm Available from Sydney, NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • A slow-player yiḏaki from Master Djalu in the lower key range. The backpressure is medium to low, the transition from the drone to the toot is easy, the sound is full-bodied, rich in acoustics and resonates through the player's body. A perfect instrument for relaxation and the lovers of the slow, deep tone.

    Key: C Length: 153.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.5-3.7cm Available from Sydney, NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • This instrument is a good catch for someone who is looking for a low-pitched, big resonator trumpet; I did immediately fall in love with this amazing instrument when I recently going through the stock in the Yirrkala art centre, its sound has a warmth and unique characteristic. The backpressure is quite low, and despite its wide open chambers and length, this instrument is surprisingly easy to play and quite responsive.  I recommend for both contemporary and traditional players, however it will most likely find home with someone who is looking for a meditative instrument for their own pleasures.

    Key: C# Lenght: 171cm 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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  • A great yiḏaki for the lovers of the traditional playing styles: balanced pressure, tapered shape and gently opening internal chamber, tight neck and easy transition between the drone and toot.

    Key: C# Length: 165cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm Available from Sydney, NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • A nice instrument from Djalu released from our reserves for those players, who are looking for a slow-player stick with medium to low backpressure. The transition between the drone and toot is easy and sound really great - this is the reason I picked up this stick from the local art centre in Yirrkala. My tuner shows the key between C and C# at 440Hz depending on how hard I blow the instrument.

    A great stick from Old Man on a reasonable price . Key: C-C#/F Lenght: 156.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3-3.4cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • A great low-key, resonant instrument from Djalu's backyard via the Yirrkala art centre. The medium backpressure is balanced and supports the player well. The internal chamber is open and natural. This instrument is a great choice for anyone who is looking for an excellent Djalu' yiḏaki.

    Key: C# Lenght: 158.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.3-3.7cm 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 instrument, versatile with warm resonant sound and medium, well-balanced backpressure. At the first sight this stick does not look like a seriously good player from Djalu', but don't be confused: what you hear and see is a top-yiḏaki with excellent acoustics and playability.

    Key: C# Lenght: 156cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • I am extremely honoured to be able to offer this excellent instrument on this website, one of Djalu's personal instrument that is highly favoured by Old Man. Even though Djalu is famous for his superb, versatile, fast and dynamic instruments, during the recent years he has been more appreciating slower yiḏaki with lower backpressure and more open internal chamber. This instrument is a great example of that. A long stick with big open bell, medium backpressure and resonant, thunderous sound. If you listen to the sound sample through headphones, you might be able to catch some of the characteristics of the sound -  although I do believe that the real taste of the sound of the didgeridoo gets lost in recordings. Due to the wide aperture, the mouthpiece is quite open, I had to apply some wax to be able to play it comfortably. I recommend this instrument for those collectors, who want to get the hold of a classic Djalu-stick, but also for those, who are looking for a didgeridoo suitable for sound-healing and meditation.

    Key: D Length: 174cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.2-3.7cm Available from Sydney, NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • An interesting instrument for didgeridoo collectors, who are hunting for a unique stick from Old Man Djalu'. The instrument is similar to the special didgeridoo type that Djalu referred to as Djoŋgirriny (read his story here). As we understand, instruments like Djoŋgirriny are made and played in Northwest Arnhem Land - on Goulburn Island and the adjacent region on the mainland -, akin to the mago-type didgeridoos: shorter in length, open internal aperture and full-bodied sound capable to promote melodic plying style. This instrument is alike the description above: open aperture, wide mouthpiece, low backpressure and suits slower playing styles. The transition between the drone and toot requires a little practice, but once the instrument warmed up, the dups are easy to hit. A great, unique catch on a friendly price.

    Key: D Length: 151cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.3-4cm Available from Sydney, NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • Another thunderous yiḏaki straight from Djalu's business for those collectors, who are looking for those long resonators. An easy to play instrument with good playing qualities, nice transition between the drone and toot and medium to low backpressure, so do not expect this stick to deliver fast rhythms. The large bell and solid wall provides the resonance you are looking for in big gun like this. The painting depict ḏatham or water lily tubes, a plant-based bushfood flavoured by Yolŋu.

    Key: D/F# Lenght: 176 Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • Here is another big gun made by Djalu', it is coming available from our reserves. A long stick with thunderous, powerful and warm sound, easy transition between the drone and the toot, and great playing characteristics. As you can see on the photos, this instrument has an elegant body with tapered bell, a classic yiḏaki shape for your visual pleasures. Highly recommended for traditional players and collectors, make sure you don't miss it!

    Key: E/D Lenght: 176.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.7-3cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • An enormous 'big-gun' yiḏaki from Master Djalu'. Due to the high popularity during the past decade or so, limited number of these special instruments have been created by Djalu's family. These unusual trumpets perhaps fall into a new category of traditional didgeridoos, all have similar appearance and characteristics: long body (over 170cm long, this piece is 181cm!), classic yiḏaki-like tapered shape starts in natural mouthpiece and ends in unusually large bell, thunderous sound and even more thunderous toot. Looking at the length, you would expect a low-key sound, although the drone of this instrument is quite hight: it plays between E and F note. The backpressure is in the lower medium-range, and surprisingly, forcing you to pump high amount of air into the long and spacious chamber. The transition between the drone and toot is easy, and the toot and the long trumpet sound really amazing. Due to the unusual size and the detailed, precise artwork, I recommend this beautiful piece for art/didgeridoo collectors.

    Key: E-F Length: 181cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.1-3.5cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • Another great catch for those who would like to own a yiḏaki from Djalu' - or would like to get another good stick in their collection. Due to the spacious internal chamber and the open bell the backpressure is medium to low, therefore this insrument requires an experienced player to reach its real potential, however it should not scare you away. Once you can handle this great didgeridoo, you will find it extremely rewarding: the resonant warm sound gets under your skin and shake your bones. I needed a little wax on the mouthpiece to reduce the size and shape it a little. Once again, a great instrument for slower, meditative rhythms and playing styles.

    Key: E/F# Lenght: 151cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3-3.5cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • An easy-player yiḏaki from Master Djalu'. The narrow, slim body has way much more capacities than you would expect by looking at the instrument, so do not underestimate this great stick: it has a well-balanced, medium backpressure, responsive for tongue and lip movements, the sound is resonant has rich in overtones. This instrument is a great catch for someone who is looking for a lightweight yiḏaki with great acoustics.

    Key: E Length: 149.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.7cm 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 instrument with warm resonant sound and medium backpressure. Since the drone is quite hight (plays in G) I needed a few minutes to learn how to hit the 'dup'. I recommend this great instrument for both who follow traditional and contemporary playing styles.

    Key: E Lenght: 152cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.6cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • This is a quite interesting instrument, may not be straight-forward for every players, so I do recommend it for those who would like to exercise traditional playing styles and master some of the tongue movements, especially the interdentals or the 'dh' sound, that plays extremely well on this yiḏaki. Listen to the sound sample, I tried to highlight the bests of this instrument. The thick walls contain and focus the resonance, therefore the sound is lacking in overtones, however has very unique acoustics. The drone is easy to play, the transition to the toot is easy. As mentioned above, the instruments is super-responsive to tongue movements. This didgeridoo is an excellent tool to sharpen specific trad-playing skills, so I only recommend for players who wish to do so.

    Key: Eb Length: 157.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.7-3cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • Another great catch for those who would like to own a yiḏaki from Djalu' - or would like to get another good stick in their collection. Due to the spacious internal chamber and the open bell the backpressure is medium to low, you can feel the resonant warm sound throughout your body - both as the player and the listener. The drone is easy to hit and sounds great. The mouthpiece might require some wax, however I have managed to play it easily. A great instrument for slower, meditative rhythms and playing styles.

    Key: Eb/G Lenght: 161cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.3cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • A high-pitched yiḏaki from Djalu; the body of the instrument is quite short compared to the larger sticks favoured by Old Man. The backpressure is in the higher range, well balanced and urges the player to play fast rhythms. The instrument is responsive to tongue and lip movements, and the transition to the 'dups' is easy. A great catch to practice traditional style!

    Key: F#/G# Lenght: 142cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.7cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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  • A fast, high-pitched and versatile yiḏaki from Djalu' with solid walls. The instrument has high backpressure and 'poppy' toots, responsive to tongue and lip movements, so I recommend this instrument for those, who are looking for a great stick to practice fast rhythms and want to train their diaphragm.

    Key: G Length: 156.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the 'Additional information' tab below.

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