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Name: Winiwini ‘Larry’ Gurruwiwi
Clan: Gälpu
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland:Ŋaypinya

As the son of master yiḏaki maker Djalu’ Gurruwiwi, Larry was exposed to playing and making yiḏaki from his early ages. Due to his skills and training he is considered to be one of the mot versatile players of Northeast Arnhem Land. He creates yidaki for different levels of playing, styles and sounds, his instruments are highly sought by yiḏaki enthusiasts.

See below examples of yiḏaki made by Larry.

  • A simple looking instrument from Larry with great acoustics and playing characteristics, solid walls and conical body. The backpressure is well-balanced, the instrument is responsive for tongue and lip movements that makes this great yiḏaki a versatile player suitable to practice proper North-east Arnhem Land style techniques. The sound is warm, rich in overtones, the transition between the drone and toot is effortless. A great catch for yiḏaki-fans.

    Key: Eb Length: 157.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.8cm 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 yiḏaki for both traditional and contemporary players who are looking for an instrument with medium backpressure, open aperture and warm acoustics. The transition between the drone and toot is easy, and due to the wider moth and neck, the instrument is suitable for relaxed playing styles and rhythms. A nice, straight forward stick.

    Key: Eb Length: 151cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.8-3cm Available from Sydney, NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A simple but great yiḏaki from Larry with a funky shape and a nice, good looking bell. The drone is sharp, and the medium backpressure makes this instrument easy to play either you want to play slow or fast. The toot is easy to hit, this natural stick is a good choice for anyone who want to sharpen traditional playing skills.

    Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A great instrument from Larry with superb playing qualities: easy to hit toots, medium backpressure and rich sound. A great catch if you are looking for an instrument from Larry!

    Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • This stunning yiḏaki is a collaborative work of two artists: Larry Gurruwiwi (I don’t think I need to introduce him) and Marrnyula Munuŋgurr, who painted an exceptional artwork on the hollow log. Marrnyula is a senior artist from Yirrkala; her artworks travelled Australia wide and were displayed on several exhibitions. The design you can see on this instrument is a traditional Djapu clan miny’tji (design or colour), painted with natural ochre. The yiḏaki is a quite slow instrument, the mouthpiece is unusually big, especially from Larry, who usually makes didgeridoos with tight aperture along the top section, therefore his instruments come with high backpressure – not this one.  I would suggest to apply some wax to reduce the opening, it will make this yiḏaki easier to play. It is sometimes tricky to start the drone on instrument with low backpressure, it is not the case with this one; the sound is warm, has a good bass, a little bit sluggish, and rich in overtones as it warms up. The trumpets are fairly easy to play, and sound great. I recommend this traditional didgeridoo for those, who are looking for a great yiḏaki to relax their mind and body, and/or would like to buy a top quality, detailed traditional Yolŋu artwork from Northeast Arnhem Land.

    Listen to this yiḏaki  here:
  • An excellent yiḏaki from Master Larry with superb acoustics, and slim, but solid body. The instrument is responsive for tongue and lip movements, easy to play, a very versatile stick with powerful sound. The backpressure is well-balanced, the transition from the drone to the toot is effortless - the dups sound amazing, I recommend this great didgeridoo for those, who wish to practice traditional playing styles from Northeast Arnhem Land.

    Key: D Length: 167cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.7-3cm Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • Another great stick from Larry for those, who are looking for an easy to handle instrument and good playing characteristics: the wall of the instrument is quite thin (compared to the solid construction of a usual Gälpu yiḏaki from Birritjimi), the internal chamber is tight, and gradually opens up towards the distal end. The mouthpiece is a little small to me, however it could be changed with a file since there is 'meat' at the top end. The sound is sharp and rich in higher tones, the transition between the drone and the toot is easy, and the backpressure is medium. You can see an 'unusual touch' on the instrument, as 'Buku' written on the top section of the stick, a note that demonstrates this instrument was made for the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre.

    Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • It is unusual to find a yiḏaki that is made in Birritjimi – at Djalu’s workshop – with thin walls and highly resonant body; sticks made by either Larry or Djalu have thick, solid walls and powerful, ‘boomy’ sound. This instrument is different – and that is why I wanted to have it in the stock! The narrow neck opens up to an open aperture, the backpressure is medium to low that makes me to feel that this is a slow-player instrument – even though I find it easy to speed up the rhythm. What I enjoy in this yiḏaki is the warm, resonant sound that flows the sound, and drifts you away. Contemporary players would find much joy in this excellent instrument as well as trad-fans.

    Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • Here is another classic stick from Larry: tapered shape, easy transition between the drone and toot, clear and powerful sound. A great Gälpu yiḏaki for traditional enthusiasts and collectors.

    Key: E Length: 151cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.5-2.7cm Available from Sydney, NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A slow-player instrument from Larry, so for those who have played yiḏaki made by Larry might be surprised: the open wide aperture slows the instrument down, it has low backpressure, deep, highly resonant sound and thin walls. I purchased this yiḏaki from Larry in August 2022 after the Garma Festival, where he used this stick for "yidaki healing". This instrument was originally made for personal use, that you can also see on the surface on the instrument as there are a few marks on it. A perfect instrument for those who are looking for a unique instrument for sound-bathing.

    Key: C#/D Length: 171cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 4-4.5cm without wax Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A huge stick with open aperture, large bell, low backpressure and highly resonant sound; I found the transition between the drone and toot easy, however the player needs some experience to be able to hit the 'dups'. I recommend this instrument for those players who are looking for a 'slow-burner' instrument for sound-bath on self and others.

    Key: C#/Eb Length: 172cm 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 yiḏaki here:
  • A stunning instrument in the lower sound range with surprisingly good playing properties: the drone is deep and straigh-forward, the toot is easy to hit, and the medium backpressure supports the player to blow faster rhythms.

    The artwork depicts a specific type of plant that grows in the thick patches of bush - called 'ratjpa' or 'jungle' by Yolŋu - and flowering during the wet-season (December to March). We have not managed to identify the plant, however we will be able to provide more information on the artwork certificate for the lucky buyer. Key: C# Length: 170cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.8cm Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A highly versatile instrument from yiḏaki master Larry Gurruwiwi: a large and solid instrument with perfectly balanced backpressure, easy transition between the drone and toot, good-sounding 'dups', rich acoustics and large bell. I recommend this instrument for professional players.

    Key: E Length: 164cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.8cm Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A simple, but powerful yiḏaki with superb playing capacities and sound: the internal chamber is open and natural all the way through, that creates ideal space for full-bodied acoustics and medium backpressure. The instrument is extremely easy to play, highly resonant, the sound fills up the room around you. I have great pleasure to play instruments with natural bore, the best sticks you can get in my opinion. I offer this instrument on a reduced price to counterbalance the small crack (sealed) along the bell.

    Key: E/F Length: 146cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.5cm Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping. For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A solid yiḏaki from Larry: the wall is quite thick, the tapered chamber is confined at the top section and opens up in a nice bell; the backpresure is well-balanced, the transition between the drone and toot is easy, the sound is sharp and rich. The simplified artwork depicts Wititj, the ancestral totem of the Gäplu. A great stick, recommended for those, who want to sharpen their playing skills.

    Key: E/D# Length: 157cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.8-3cm Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping. For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • Returning customers might find this instrument a little unusual from Larry, and they are right: this is not the tapered, 'rocket' sticks we got used to from him, instead it is a slim, long stick that plays in the medium key-range. The backpressure is medium, and almost forces the player to play slower rhythms. The transition between the drone and toot is easy. The sound has great harmonics, warm and has plenty of higher overtones. The body is surprisingly light, the wall is thin and internal chamber is natural. Due to its playing characteristics, I recommend this great instrument for both traditional and contemporary players. Key: D/F# Length: 151cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm

    Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping.

    For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A great looking instrument with a large bell and highly resonant sound. The aperture even at the top-section of the instrument is quite wide, therefore the backpressure is medium and the sound is rich in flat acoustics. The toot and dups are easy to hit. The wall of the instrument is quite thin, therefore this stick is lightweight and easy to handle. I recommend this instrument for both traditional-fans and contemporary players, especially for those who are looking for a 'resonator' for self-sound-bathing.

    The painting depicts ḏatham, a water lily flower, a Dhuwa moiety plant sung Gälpu - Dhopiya's husband's clan - which grows in the water-ways of Arnhem Land. In this design the artist refers to Garrimala, a significant place belonging to the Gälpu clan. Key: F Length: 146.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:

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