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SHAPE - LENGTH CLASS : Volcano Yeti
INTEGRITY CLASS: Monodidge
LENGTH: 203cm
KEY (DRONE/TOOTS): D/B,A,D,F#,A#,C,Eb
WOOD: Bloodwood Eucalyptus
MOUTHPIECE: inner – 30mm, outer – 36mm
RIM WIDTH: 3mm
BELL: inner – 127mm, outer – 152mm
LOUDNESS@10CM: avg-115dB, max-130+dB
MASS: 6,0kg
FINISH: inner – oil+wax, outer – oil
INLAYING: blue Agate

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With nickname „Royal“, this didgeridoo shines both in appearance and harmonics. It is a big D didge, with open channel, deep bell, between the class of volcano and grotto.  The first thing you could notice about the sound of this didgeridoo is amount of high harmonics while having and extreme bottom end.  This is one of the brightest instruments we made, and it is surprising regarding the shape. The same duality that sound has can be found in backpressure and playability which is both tight and relaxed.

Frequency-wise, bass is no surprise to this instrument, regarding the size of the bell, both in shape and in size, and it falls heavily right on one of the favorite didgeridoo notes, D (73Hz). Another pronounced frequency of the drone is in the low mids, around 260Hz, right there where third toot falls in. Instrument has a very gradual fall in higher mids (which is normal), but can be lifted really high by tongue modulations- in playing harmonics, up to some 4kHz. The frequency curve is risen again just at the end, around 12-15kHz to give instrument the silky top that is mentioned.  First toot is different in quality, darker, and lower than one would presume. It is a sixth over the drone, so that takes a bit of time to get used to it. However, to accustom lips to play toot is quick process and then you can enjoy the benefit of this small drone-toot interval , because drone to toot changes in breathing patterns exchange effortlessly and blend perfectly. The general sound quality that I get when I (D.L.) listen to this instrument is that it is dry – in the way I like it, and bright – even over my taste.

Playability-wise, what we could say is that backpressure is as mentioned tight and relaxed at the same time. Tightness comes from strong conical shape, and relaxed part comes from the fact that instrument opens more briefly in the upper part than most of its siblings. Instrument of this size is almost never „nervous“ . However, due to the really strong conical shape, all the length through, and having the top frequencies so strong, this instrument can draw to be played „aggressively“ –meaning very strongly in articulation, very loudly, and these two qualities  can drag you to play faster and faster… which is not necessarily a good thing of course. On the other hand, the sound of this instrument is balanced by its toots, and toots can open you a way to lots of vocal possibilities and change through drone and toot. Explore the toots, let them inspire your singing. Toots are open, darker, and more „down to earth“ than basic drone. Second toot is most unusual to play since it has a seventh as an interval of separation from the first toot. However, you get a B, A, D combination of toots in a GOOD way.  They are one charismatic D major scale trio that can show you a new way into composing.

Loudness of this didgeridoo is exceptional, in the moment of making it was the loudest instrument we had on offer, and only a very few of close successors , managed to outmatch it. It is as loud as the loudest F didgeridoo I ever owned or heard. Actually it is averagely  1dB lower in volume, but in maximum it is much over, and also over my SPL meter..

What you must take into consideration when you mic this instrument is not to take too bright microphones, because it could lead to overemphasizing of treble. More velvety, darker microphones would work better on this didgeridoo, such as ribbon microphones, or some darker LDC mics.

In appearance this didgeridoo is truly shining. Finishing is done in high gloss. There is underglow of wood textures going on underneath the surface gloss. The feeling of it is golden over red, and in combination with blue agate it gave it the „royal“ nickname.

To my test player, this was a favorite instrument. To me, as mentioned, it is too bright in sound to be my Nr. 1 choice. I would recommend it to someone who is looking for really exceptional all-purpose D, with opportunity to play it acoustically, to make good use of its power, and who doesn’t find its taste our darker sounding instruments.  Have fun, explore the sounds!

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