Didgeridoos are woodwind instruments of the Australian Aborigines. Didgeridoos can be made from pvc pipe, agave, bamboo, softwood, hardwood, clay, leather, exhaust pipe etc. Some of these ''pipes'' you just have to pick up and play, others need sophisticated tools to make a didgeridoo-like instrument.
Genuine Aborigine Didgeridoo
The genuine Aboriginal Didgeridoo has three major properties
# It is an amplifier and modifier to the sound you're making and yelling into the didgeridoo,
# It has spirituality: a distinct and unique sound emanating from the delicate inside configuration brought about by the termites' taste for good quality hardwood and the knowledgeable effort of a good didgeridoo craftsman,
# It is a medium for aboriginal artwork, which should reflect the spirit of the didgeridoo and its value as an aboriginal musical instrument.
How to buy didgeridoos
When buying a didgeridoo in a store or on the net look for the one that appeals to you visually.
* Look for individual artistic style with deep roots in the traditional aboriginal culture of the area of origin.
* Then look at the taper, the elongated cone shape of the didgeridoo tells about the back pressure and somewhat about the overtones. A flaring out in a bell or a chiseled out base acts like an amplifier.
* The bore makes all the difference: it is the spirit of the didgeridoo, and as with men, it is hardly distinguishable from outside.
* Test the didgeridoo: play or listen to it.
If you not (yet) a skilled player use these simple tests:
* Tap on the mouthpiece with your open palm. If the sound you hear is a clear ringing sound than the didgeridoo has a good resonance. If the sound is cushioned out, muffled than it is not a good buy.
* Put the mouthpiece to your ears and you will hear the resonant frequencies of the background noise amplified in the didgeridoo, compare it to other didgeridoos and make your choice.