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(Updated:10-19-03)

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Didgeridoo: Nope, not a meteorite or tektite - that haunting Aboriginal instrument from "Down Under."
VERY intriguing. The didgeridoo comes from Australia, having been made by aboriginal Australians for some 40 to 60 THOUSAND YEARS! They are the oldest musical instruments known to man. The tones made through the didgeridoo are reminiscent of Tibetan Buddhist chanting. It makes you "high" just hearing it - and far more "high" creating it. For years I was intrigued by the didgeridoo and always tried to "play" one whenever given the opportunity. However, I was never able to make a simple "drone" - until May of 2001, at the Normal Heights Street faire....there was a friendly fellow with a dozen or so didgeridoos. He talked to me a bit and, after only a few attempts I was able to make my first drone. I have been SERIOUSLY hooked ever since.
The really great thing about didgeridoos is they are SO rewarding to play, even as you learn. As I write this, I have been playing only a year - just beginning to circular breathe - yet every minute I have "played" I have enjoyed immensely. The "high" one gets from the vibration set up in the head is very close to a great meditation - even when you are just learning. Long before I could circular breathe AT ALL, I was learning to produce various tones, tonal textures, growls, barks, bird calls, etc. All of these are exceptionally rewarding as one moves down the road becoming more adept at producing sounds of increasing complexity and allure.

TYPES OF DIDGERIDOOS

The Didgeridoo can be categorized, or labeled in a variety of ways. Some consider the only "true" didgeridoos to be
(1) the ones made by Aborigines from Eucalyptus hollowed by termites in Australia. Many consider any hollowed out wood
(by any means) designed to be played as a didge, to be, in fact, a didgeridoo. Some consider ANY hollow tube played to
produce didge tones to be a didgeridoo. In the US, "Didgeridoos" are not uncommonly made of (2) hollowed out bloom stocks
of Yucca and of Agave plants. Others are made of various woods growing in the US and some are made of (3) PVC or other
plastics. SOME are even made of (4) hemp - and at least one fellow makes them of leather! (and some of these produce exceptional
sounds). Most players who have been at it for a few years or more have a "quiver" of didges that usually consists of at least half
Aboriginal made Eucalyptus with the remainder primarily Yucca and/or Agave with a few exceptional
instruments made of the more exotics materials. (Serious players generally use didges made of PVC for teaching purposes, as

"travel" didges and/or for "loaners & gifts to beginners - for all of which they are fine)

THIS SITE

New Didges made by some of the best US makers as well as previously owned Aboriginal Eucalyptus Didges
are offered for sale at this one site. Agave, Hard Wood, Leather, Yucca, Didge boxes, etc. Whether you want to
buy or sell, or just see a variety of what’s out there, this may be just the site you have been looking for.

FIRST: I hope to offer some of the more interesting work being done in the US. Many of the US made
didges are truly exceptional instruments. They are exceptional because of the outstanding craftsmanship,
tonal qualities, responsiveness, appearance, affordability, uniqueness of materials, etc. Some of the creators
of these exceptional instruments can provide them at very affordable prices mainly because they live an
alternative life style that does not require a large "cash flow." They often perform labor intensive work
that is both dirty AND requires substantial skills and techniques which they have developed over many
years of practice. In addition to such a life style requiring less cash, it does, in many instances, limit the
artist in the marketing arena. If you are spending several weeks in the wilderness climbing about the hills
and "harvesting" Agave bloom stalks that have "aged to perfection" - you are not necessarily available
to take calls, respond to emails and talk to prospective buyers - but you ARE making some of the most
amazing instruments on planet earth! So, to whatever degree this site can provide an opportunity to
market said instruments, all the better.

SECOND: I hope to provide a venue for the resale of "previously owned" didges. As one learns to play,
priorities shift, more expensive instruments suddenly seem more "affordable" and one's versatility increases,
opening up many possibilities that were not even considered at previous levels of playing skills. As this process
continues, previously owned, perfectly good - and often even exceptionally good - instruments become "expendable"
and the sales of said didges can be used to further afford even better sticks
If you have a didge or 2 to sell – or, if you make didgeridoos, or Didge CDs or the like, do contact me about posting
your items on my site. The rate is reasonable but I do require a satisfaction guarantee to the buyer for anything offered.

THIRD: Perhaps most of all I would just like to "turn people on to the didge and some of the very groovy people
out there making them.

AGAVE Didgeridoos:

 Agave in the wild

Agave "Earth Horns" by SCOTT FISCHBACH

PRELUDE: Scott is the person who sold me my first Didgeridoo, gave me my first lesson & generally "turned me onto" the didge. . He is a genuinely loving person who lives to make and play the didge. None of his didges are ever split (like "french bread"), but are painstakingly hollowed. In addition, he uses only the slightes amount of shelack or envirotex coating on the inside, and only natural stain on the outside to keep the magical tone of the wood of the agave bloom. These techniques result in increadably sweet tones not found elsewhere. It is an honor to offer some of his exceptional pieces for sale in my catalog.
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We have been on the road since August of 1990, covering 47 of the lower 48 states. I made my first Earth Horn in Feb.95, inspired by the shape of Agaves in the desert, where we camp in the winter.


These handcrafted wind instruments are made from the seasoned flower stalk of the agave cactus. When played, they produce a resonant drone, similar to the sound of the Aboriginal didgeridoo, first called Yidaki, by the indigenous people of north Arnehmland, Australia.

Harvesting the Agave from it's natural habitat in the mountains of Arizona. Shown here are various stages of their life cycle. I look for plants that have completed their flowering stage and have seasoned for a year or more. After all the leaves are removed I dig down below the root ring and remove the upper stalk.

“The sound is an ancient one, Aborigines have been droning through termite hollowed eucalyptus branches for 60,000 years or more! thus giving their instrument the distinction of being the oldest wind instrument in the world. It is with the highest degree of honor, respect, and admiration of these peoples, that I create my Earth Horns! Earth Horns differ from the Yidaki in that they are made from agave, rather than eucalyptus, and the only termite hollowing out the agave is me and my array of hollowing tools. The agave cane is very lightweight and resonant, once it has been hollowed out. The instrument warms up quickly, and beginners will be inspired by the quick response of the agave to their efforts!”

This ancient plant that produces Tequila, also gives us music to dance by! Each Earth Horn is a signed and numbered art piece, as well as an incredible sounding instrument! They are suitable for display in your home or office. My wife Heidi and myself travel from the Pacific Northwest to Arizona each winter for the past seven years to hand pick our own supply of well seasoned agave canes. Harvesting the agave is an arduous task, requiring knowledge of backcountry desert as well as extreme mountainous terrain, and a good pair of hiking boots! I would like to point out, that when I harvest the agave, the entire plant has died as a result of producing its one very large flower. I am harvesting and recycling a dead flower stalk from a plant that can produce as many as 20 or more new little agaves. Thus, the agave propagates well creating gardens where they occur.

I harvest only the most select canes with regard to age, size and unique growth patterns. Often I will go the extra 10 miles to remove all of the dead leaves from around the base of the cane to expose a full bell on the bottom of the plant, which adds a whole new dimension to the finished instrument. In order to create an instrument from the agave cane requires hollowing it carefully from end to end, leaving the seasoned outer growth ring as the resonant chamber. Needless to say, cleaning up and hollowing a cane with a full bell on the bottom is quite a bit more work compared to a cane cut above the bell. This accounts for the higher price on full belled instruments.

The price range starts out at around $150 for "upper stalk, no bell" up to $450 or more for a "full bell" with artwork on the bell. Each Earth Horn has an epoxy coating on the inside of the instrument only. This coating protects the instrument from moisture during playing and helps to produce a "sharper" tone. The exterior finish ranges from natural, for those people who would like to decorate it themselves, to a variety of solid color stains, to fully painted designs or "solar" burned designs. YES, I actually burn intricate designs on the agave using ONLY a magnifying glass and the blazing Arizona sun. I will do custom designs upon request, with a deposit.


CURRENT EARTH HORN OFFERINGS:


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:


#145: Hunab Ku Lotus
Key: C#
Length: 67"
Bell: 5.75"
Mouthpiece: (beeswax) 1.25"
Comments: Exceptional resonance and enhaced vocals. Named after
symbol that is solar burnt into its bell which is the Mayan symbol for the
center of the universe.
Price: 350-
Delivery: UPS ground. Shipping costs to be paid by buyer - however, this
will include a custom case made by Scott specifically for this instrument that will serve both to protect it in shipping and for indefinate use by theowner.




#146: Celtic Spiral
Key: B
Length: 63.5"
Bell: 5"
Mouthpiece: 1.5"
Comments: Lines are insect tracks, NOTcracks. Exceptionally light weight and yet durable. Named after the symbol that is solar burnt into its bell
Price: SOLD (When I played this one at Indijinus, I had to get it, myself!)





#148: Sunstar
Key: C#
Length: 55.5"
Bell: 2.5"
Mouthpiece: 1.25"
Comments: Great didge/great price. Named after the symbol that is solar burnt into its bell
Price: ***SOLD***
Delivery: UPS ground. Shipping costs to be paid by buyer - however, this
will include a custom case made by Scott specifically for this instrument that will serve both to protect it in shipping and for indefinate use by theowner. Since this didge does not have a bulbous bell, cost for shipping/traveling case will be lower.

To order e-mail Michael Blood at
mlblood@cox.net

OR

PHONE: 619 286-4837

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MARKO JOHNSON:

Marko Johnson is a creative genius. He developed both the “Didge Box,”
an obelisk shaped cedar wood instrument of only 24 inches that produces
an AMAZINGLY rich Didge quality drone. It is THE travel Didge. I have
used it in traffic MANY times to practince my circular breathing. The quality
of tone is astonishing.

But he didn’t stop there – he developed the leather Didge! Everywhere I have
seen these didges, their tonal qualities have put them in the top echelon of all
instruments present. Really and truly amazing Didges.

Didge Boxes:

Dimensions: 24" long (61 cm), 3" wide (7.6 cm) at bell end, 2" wide (5.1 cm) at
mouthpiece, 2" (5.1 cm) thick.
Average weight: 16-oz (1 Lb.) (454 g)
Materials used: Aromatic Cedar is favored for it's resonate quality as well as
the great smell it produces.

Cost: $150.00 US dollars includes shipping anywhere in USA. Other countries include $20.00 for shipping. $200.00 US dollars includes genuine leather carry bag with adjustable pack straps.

While C is the standard note, you can ask if a B or a D is available at time of order.













Here are some guidelines I follow in pricing leather Didjes:


1. Basic Leather Didj, glued together, fairly plain, nice bell or flare
possibly with simple dye color. $200.00

2. Basic Leather Didj, glued together, nice bell or flare with organic paint
job. $250.00

3. Basic Leather Didj, glued together, nice bell or flare with organic
paint job with face or simple object molded in bell. $300.00

4. Basic Leather Didj, glued together, nice bell or flare with organic
paint job with face or simple object molded in bell with detailed and time
consuming original hand painted artwork. $400.00

5. Stitched Leather Didj, nice bell or flare, plain or with organic paint
job, $400.00

6. Stitched Leather Didj, nice bell or flare, plain or with organic paint
job, with face or simple object molded in bell, $500.00
(Marko will custome make any aplicable "mask" or other object
as parto of the didge. Following are a couple of examples)















7. Stitched Leather Didj, nice bell or flare, plain or with organic paint
job, with face or simple object molded in bell with detailed and time
consuming original hand painted artwork. $600.00

8. Artist favorites, all didjs will have exceptional sound quality but as
in making wooden or eucalyptus didjs, some will have subtle sound qualities,
artistic appeal or time spent in creating certain didjs that may increase
the retail cost of any style.

9. Material used: types of leather, mostly Saddle Skirting Cowhide,
approximately 1/4 inch thick.

Water Buffalo hide, very thick, about 3/8 inch thick and much heavier in
weight, harder to work with, will add to cost and not always available.

Sole Leather is compressed Cowhide, very heavy and rigid. Used for the
bottom of boots and shoes before plastic was invented! Will add to cost,
this is hard to get, the hides are small and more expensive.

Average weight of a Cowhide Didj is 3 to 5 lbs.
Average weight of Water Buffalo or Sole Leather is 4 to 6 lbs.

Marko

PLEASE NOTE: If you hunt down Marko and order directly from him, as
with other artisans on my site, you will pay exactly the same price. So, please
support my site and order through me. Thanks!

To order e-mail Michael Blood at
mlblood@cox.net

OR

PHONE: 619 286-4837


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WALT YOUNG

PRELUDE: Walt Young is an accomplished Didge musician, is widely admired for his
didge and guitar work and has been featured at various Didge gatherings as both a
performer and a teacher. His status in the US Didge scene is well established.
Rumor has it Walt will be featured on the "Didgeridoo Planet 3" world CD, that’s being
produced by David Blonski, that features didgeridoo players from all over the globe.









CD:
WORKING MY WAY BACK HOME
1. CABO
Upbeat acoustic guitars
2. SUNDANCE
Freeflowing guitar and didgeridoo
3. SHORT AND SWEET
Mellow finger style acoustic guitar
4. BC BOOGIE
Boogie guitar and didgeridoo
5. LAST DANCE
Romantic classical guitars
6. DIDGERDIOO & GUITAR BLUES
Fast rockin story about my didgeridoo and guitar

CD photos by
Lisa Rene Anderson Artist, Musician, Designer

All instruments Walt Young Ovation acoustic and classical guitar, acoustic ebow guitar, didgeridoos, ankle bells, tambourine, claves, sticks, shakers, djembe drum, rain stick, and vocals. Misc.rattles by Grand-daughter Jaiden

CD: $12 Total - including delivery (First Class Mail) in the US.

To order e-mail Michael Blood at
mlblood@cox.net

OR

PHONE: 619 286-4837

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HAVE A DIDGE OR 2 TO SELL?
If you have a didge or 2 to sell – or, if you make didgeridoos, or Didge CDs or the like,
do contact me about posting your items on my site. The rate is reasonable but I do
require a satisfaction guarantee to the buyer for anything offered.

To See Indijinus 2003 Fun MPG of Chad & Tom Lang, Click HERE

Listen to Joshua Tree Festival 2003 participant play a Tom Alban ceramic didge:
Just click HERE

To hear Allan Shockley play one of his agave didges at Joshua Tree 2003,
click
HERE

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Listen to Joshua Tree Festival participant play a Tom Alban ceramic didge: Just click HERE

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