Didgeridoo 153, E in Ash.
A lovely piece of pale Ash wood gathered near Arundel, West Sussex, on the chalky South Downs.
A good solid piece of timber, Ash makes lovely didges with a decent grain and produces wonderful resonance with a rich sound. The didge has a slight curve along its length with a wonderful pattern made by the grain.
This didgeridoo has quite a small mouthpiece but kind of suits the instrument. The bore is quite narrow so there is a decent amount of back pressure lending itself to faster more up tempo rhythms. When played it is around an E with a D overtone, with great bass but not overload. Good for tooting several levels and combining it with drop jaw to make sweeping bass.
The bore has been coated with several layers of Danish Oil to help protect, preserve and enhance the wood and maintain a crisp clear sound. The exterior has been coated with toy grade Finishing Oil leaving the didgeridoo with a soft vinyl like sheen.
This didgeridoo accompanied me on a recent trip to Australia, travelling just under 7,000km from Perth to Darwin. It has been played by musicians throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory. There are a number of photos and videos on Facebook and You Tube. I will be adding some of them here in the very near future.