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 Post subject: Finished Up an Ash Didgeridoo
PostPosted: 28.01.2011, 01:13 
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Hey Everybody,

Just finished building a didgeridoo out of ash! It sounds pretty solid. Here is a picture, let me know what you think of it.

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I had a good time with it at a local drum circle. Here is a video clip if you want to see what it sounds like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwZKCZ54nB8

Has anyone else made a didgeridoo from ash? Thanks,

-Preston

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 Post subject: Re: Finished Up an Ash Didgeridoo
PostPosted: 28.01.2011, 18:48 
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Hi Preston

looks nice! Ash is used very often for making didjs round here because the wood has really good properties.


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 Post subject: Re: Finished Up an Ash Didgeridoo
PostPosted: 28.01.2011, 20:51 
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Cool, I did not realize that it was a popular wood for didges. Glad you like it :D

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 Post subject: Re: Finished Up an Ash Didgeridoo
PostPosted: 31.01.2011, 11:16 
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Preston,

It looks like you've got a fairly wide mouthpiece on that ash stick and that you've used quite a bit of wax to reduce the diameter. On your next build why not craft the mouthpiece to your ideal size out of the wood the stick is made of, which negates the need for a wax mouthpiece.

Further to Christian's comment, there are quite a few craftsmen who use ash to make nice sticks. One of our UK based crafter's (Ant Scott) work can be seen here: www.thenattyshed.co.uk

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 Post subject: Re: Finished Up an Ash Didgeridoo
PostPosted: 31.01.2011, 16:31 
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Hey Kyle,

Thanks for the tip on the mouthpiece. I will definitely try that on the next one. I personally like the beeswax mouthpiece for comfort and the way that it warms up a bit after you play for a few minutes.
This is actually a thin didgeridoo that I was able to play without the beeswax mouthpiece. It may be hard to tell without something to scale it to in the picture. Is there a benefit to having the didge sized up so that you do not have to use beeswax?

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 Post subject: Re: Finished Up an Ash Didgeridoo
PostPosted: 01.02.2011, 11:05 
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Traditionally, instruments from North East Arnhem Land (generically referred to as Yidaki) tend not to have waxed mouthpieces as the diameter is already the perfect size for playing. Sometimes a smear of wax is used if need be.

Further west in areas where the 'mago' is used there tends to be more use of wax on the mouthpiece, but not as much as most Western 'tourist' instruments have these days.

There are pros and cons as far as wax mouthpieces are concerned. Some people prefer the stability of a wooden mouthpiece and others like the changability of a wax one. I prefer natural/raw mouthpieces on my Yidaki and don't mind having a bit of wax on my mago as long as it's not too much. Bear in mind I'm quite a traditionalist though!

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 Post subject: Re: Finished Up an Ash Didgeridoo
PostPosted: 01.02.2011, 17:42 
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Good to know. Yeah, I play more of a contemporary style, but I always enjoy learning more about the tradition of the yidaki and mago. Thanks for the explanation. I hope to take a trip to Australia one day in order to learn more about the these subtleties first hand.

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