I don’t know.

And I get this question a lot!
“What didgeridoo do you recommend me to buy?”
Of course, the logical thing is now to ask this person back: what do you want this didgeridoo for, or how much can you afford? But I am not even sure if this is the right question.
Why?

Because I remember my earlier days when I was looking for didgeridoos. I remember that there was actually a lot of confusion inside me. I thought I knew what I wanted, but there was a lot of confusion and not knowing  camouflaged as clear strong ideas. So if I would reply to myself from the past about which didge to buy I wouldn’t even ask myself from the past what I want. I would just chose a stick and say. There. Now go practice intensely for a year. Explore everything. And then we can talk again. Until your awareness about sound and playing rises, there is nothing to talk about.

However, I find this to be a bit too brutal approach to other people, who maybe also don’t have so much trust in me like I have for myself in the future;-) Also, our enthusiasm is probably a bit different.

So I propose several new approaches, self-education being the key to all.

0. Don’t trust anybody. Distinguish opinions from facts, experiences from assumptions.
1. Don’t take things too seriously. Buy the instrument intuitively, from some nice guy or girl, which you can afford. Learn as much as you can from it, and then move on. To point 1 or some other…
2. Compare didgeridoos you have between themselves, compare them with others’. Comparing is not competition, it is learning. It is not one absolute value, it is learning about differences. From this learning try to define what is the instrument you are looking for as precisely as you can. Send it as inquiry to didgeridoo makers that are relevant to you. Choose the one which fits you best by answer, not price.
3. Talk to good/better/great players about instruments. Ask openly about (great) instruments. Notice how similar and how different answers you get. Learn from this, but don’t let this escape your critical judgement. See what touches your reason most, and what touches your emotions. If one meets both, great. Take this description and do the same as in point 2- send it to all didge makers that are relevant to you. Even if you don’t buy a didge after all, you will learn terribly lot!
4. Take the decision of the dice. Learn from that. (tribute to Armin;-)
5. Ask yourself a questions: what would it be like if I wanted to break out of my karmic circle with my didgeridoo purchase? What would it mean? Go beyond normal perception of buying didgeridoo,  save your soul while doing it! ;-)
6. Ask yourself a question: how could it be possible that this one question in life has one unique simple answer? And how could it be possible that without me investing my own energy, time, money, will to understand, will to communicate, will I ever get a fantastic instrument that is really perfect for me? Unless I have an unbelievably extraordinary amount of luck? Good luck with that…

Relax and go through points 0-6 repeatedly, or even better, think of your own points.

At certain points in our lives, some vision becomes clearer and then is the chance to grab them.

I wish you new perspective in the old quest!

- Du