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 Post subject: old stick identification
PostPosted: 04.09.2017, 02:47 
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I have two old sticks in my collection that were reportedly collected in Yirrkala back between 1968 - 1972. Can anyone comment on them?

The first one is D/G#
113.5 cm
Mouthpiece is 38 x 45 mm
Bell is 65 x 70 mm
Weight is 2.26 kg
Plays very well, has a great sound

The second one is reportedly from Elcho Island, key of E.
Doesn't really have a toot, the bore is so small.
121.5 cm
Mouthpiece is 26 mm
Bell is 45 mm
Very lightweight, only 400 gm
Doesn't play very well, more like a muffled trumpet. Looking down the bore, it appears to be about 1-2 cm in diameter.


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 Post subject: Re: old stick identification
PostPosted: 12.09.2017, 15:04 
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Hey Harry,

The top one looks to be by Mithinari Gurruwiwi, famous Galpu artist and father of Watjaku and (I think) Manany Gurruwiwi. He is a very collectable artist and the decoration on this stick is likely his.

The bottom stick is a carved hibiscus piece made for the (decorative) tourist industry, which explains its lack of playability. The pithy interior was likely burned out or rammed out with a poker to create the bore.

Hang on to that Mithinari stick!

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 Post subject: Re: old stick identification
PostPosted: 12.09.2017, 15:42 
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The first one is a lovely stick indeed! Congratulations for that find!


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 Post subject: Re: old stick identification
PostPosted: 13.09.2017, 02:02 
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Thanks for the info! I obtained both sticks several years ago, they've just been sitting around the house. I finally decided to ask for some help identifying the sticks.

Your help is greatly appreciate.

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