S P E C I F I C A T I O N S

SHAPE - LENGTH CLASS : Fyord Macmalić
INTEGRITY CLASS: Monodidge
LENGTH: 168,5 cm
KEY (DRONE/TOOTS): F -20//Eb, C, F, A, C#, E, F
WOOD: Eucalyptus
MOUTHPIECE: inner 27,5 / outer 33,5 mm
RIM WIDTH: 3 mm
BELL: inner 90*70 mm / outer 107*87 mm
LOUDNESS@10CM: LOUD-will measure later
MASS: 4,6 kg
FINISH: outer oil+wax / inner hardwax
INLAYING: brass

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I love challenges. Actually I am passionate about challenges. Often I define myself a challenge as a limitation of what I am allowed to do. So with this didgeridoo I limited the length. To be  even shorter than me. And the bell is really just a modest flare. So this is really a small didgeridoo compared to what I am used to. And I must admit that with limitations I impose on myself I often end up with an inferior result. I don’t publicly present my Frankenstein didgeridoo beasts, I keep them in shadow of my studio. But is it the case with this didgeridoo? Read on.

For a long while I have been specializing in the art of long didgeridoos. At some point I have realized my skills for making a shorter didgeridoo are lagging. So I chose a very moderately sized log of an unknown (to me) Australian Eucalyptus species and I said to myself. OK, is it possible to bring this log to the moment where precision, power and aliveness meet? With an additional condition not to do it in a brutal (ear-shattering) way as I sometimes do.

So I must tell you right away, this didgeridoo didn’t turn out to be the best at any single point. We’ve made louder, more precise, more spectacular didgeridoos before. But there are very few that I made in this very fine moment of balance. Especially lately while we have been experimenting with some very extreme shapes and sounds. So in a way I was relieved, even a bit amazed that this didgeridoo turned out so well. It doesn’t get 10/10 in any points of my book. Except balance. It does get 9/10 in many points.

This didgeridoo is far louder than it looks like. It doesn’t have a big bell. But that actually helps to achieve balance I mentioned. It is far louder than almost all big bell didgeridoos I have ever tried in my life. You just have to push Kairos, and it will roar like an ancient beast. And I am quite confident we go in another dimension of roar here than what is usually referred to.
Kairos is a very precise instrument. As I said before, it is not the epitome of precision. But usual problem I have with very high precision didgeridoos are that they are often a bit brutal. By brutal I mean that if you push them hard, they rip your ears off and a few ribs feel broken. This one doesn’t. It comes to the limit of it, but it doesn’t kill you.

Consequently, all articulations feel very easy to play and toots are very easy as well. So this is a kind of a didgeridoo I would really recommend for learning basic skills. And more advanced, as well. I guess most accomplished players with have easy time playing 4 toots. More skillful ones 6.

This didgeridoo is very alive. By this I mean that it really reacts on everything you do to it and it has this nice elastic feeling of playing. This is one of those didges that really drives you to play and play. It enjoys being played and pushed. The aircode is very open and clean and very easy to play. I would recommend this kind of didgeridoo for anyone that has motivational problems ;-)

The spectrum is very solid as expected from a Duende. This didge doesn’t have a feeling of nasalness (due to a hole in the low mid spectrum). The spectrum gets reasonably high and has fair amount of presence. The stated spectrum quality refers both to precision and articulation aspect of it.
Playing possibilities on this didgeridoo are very versatile. It often guides me into trad-like rhythms and textures but also very contemporary styled articulations and aircode. It works very well with drone and voice but is not so great for drumming sounds and punches. Why? Because it is too high and the bass of it is still not deep enough and it doesn’t create a real “thump”. Which gives me a good question “what if I try to make it longer next time?”.
The wood of this didgeridoo was very stable during the time it stayed with me. Which is 5 or 6 years. So I expect it to behave in the future also. It is toned in brown to beige… The knots have been dug out, just in case, to enhance stability and they have been inlayed with brass. The finish is of super smooth buffed wax which feels very comfortable to touch.To conclude, this is a very very solid didgeridoo that is not spectacular in any way. If you like challenges, you can challenge your big bell didgeridoo and see who wins in the category of precision, aliveness, articulation, evenness of spectrum and even loudness. I can tell you right away that I bet on this didgeridoo. It is a very good learning didgeridoo and it is a very good companion for all the fast and highly articulated stuff. It is also very good motivational didgeridoo as it feels very comfortable to play, it does invite for playing. Also we tried to price this didgeridoo in such a way that you do get a very good value for your money. I put my name on it :-)

Write me an e-mail if you have any further questions-complaints-suggestions!