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 Post subject: WHAT'S EATING MY AGAVE DIDGERIDOO
PostPosted: 29.01.2010, 14:06 
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serious sticks forum hello
i have a 5 years old instrument (agave Didgeridoo)
the last 3 month i noticed that some small creatures starting to mess
up with the instrument the main problem is at the top of the
inside tube area
is saw a "foam" like withe\black color
today i even saw little worms around problematic area
this problem is just growing with the time
any suggestions will be good
cuz i have no knowledge about agave didgeridoo
care and maintenance
thaks
Ariel

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 Post subject: Re: WHAT'S EATING MY AGAVE DIDGERIDOO
PostPosted: 29.01.2010, 14:17 
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Hi and welcome.
Usually, agave didjeridus are treated with epoxy inside and out.
Totally sealed.
If not, the very porous fibres of the agave stalk will very quickly get moist (plus the fact that the sound would be very limited).
As your agave is old, I guess the worms didn't live that long inside the sealed stalk but must have come recently through a breach that caused moisture.
Check for that breach.
As for clearing all that mess up, now... well... good luck :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: WHAT'S EATING MY AGAVE DIDGERIDOO
PostPosted: 30.01.2010, 17:11 
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thanks for the replay Ahaw
yes probably it has to do something with the moisture
around my room if i will move it to another place will be better i guess
thanks for the info anyway

p.s
my friend told my to pour some "lacquer" inside the tube do you think this will help?
well hope so
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PostPosted: 30.01.2010, 19:52 
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Errr... if the fibre of the stalk has begun to rot... well... I don't think changing the disposal of it will change anything.
And sealing over without solving the problem won't help either.
It will continue to rot inside...
Guess you'd better open the seal of the rotten part and try to scrape off the moisture.
But if you had a picture of your problem it may help a lot in giving you advice :-)
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PostPosted: 30.01.2010, 19:54 
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Tea tree essential oil gets rid of moisture very well and may be indicated in that case... but try and post a picture first.

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PostPosted: 06.02.2010, 15:48 
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The foam sounds like a fungus - the tea tree oil suggested should kill it, and hopefully the worms too- never used it on worms but its amazing stuff. After an initial treatment I would suggest moving it to a very dry warm place until it dries out and the infection stops. If its got some rot going once dry you could scrape it out of the wood , then fill and reseal.

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PostPosted: 06.02.2010, 17:13 
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Another radical solution would be to chop off the rotten top-end of the didj.
It will shrink it and raise its pitch... but depending on the original lenght it may be a good solution :-)

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