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General care hints for didgeridoos

General care hints

"The following page reflects my personal experience, opinion and preferences , it does not claim to absolute truth and ultimate validity, there are many opinions on this subject and settings .........."

 General information on handling and care of Didgeridoos:

 

Didgeridoos are "living" instruments, or even simply "wood pipes", in any case, so-called natural products.

Living materials such as wood can work or may crack.

 

 

It largely depends on the condition of the treatment by  yourself!

 

 

Didgeridoos should be stored standing vertical, it prevents breathing moisture ( Condensing while playing  the didge) can gather at one spot and your wooden or bamboo didgeridoo will swell, right at this point to much and may crack. Never lay down an instrument that you played for a longer time !

Excessive drying wood can shrink and let your didgeridoo crack under negative circumstances! Dont keep it beneath an oven or a radiator!

 

Didgeridoos should bevore and after the heating period, and especially in the intended of  outdoor use, be  oiled or sealed .  

 I recommend a mixture of orange hard oil, bolide linseed oil and essential oils.

 The Oil intrudesinto the fibers, hardens the wood, it is against moisture and temperature fluctuations much less sensitive.   

 A 100% protection from cracking, does not exist.  Treat your  didgeridoo well!. 

 Play your new didgeridoo always gently, just a few minutes a day, increase the duration  slow but steady.  

You can seal your didgeridoo also permanently  (epoxy, glue, paints   ),   This can   change the sound!  Sound is always subjective!   I remind sealed Didgeridoos often have more precise, ahrper, clearer and  a louder sound.  

likes it warmer, full and well balanced, so I oil my personal didgeridoos !

You can also leave your didge as it is, but just then play it in the beginning, during the first 14 days only a few minutes, increase the duration  slow but steady.  And  play it regularly! Unlubricated or unsealed Didgeridoos do not have to crack ! But the risk is higher.

Eucalyptus didgeridoos and many others come from very different climatic conditions as they prevail in our regions!  Then again they have stress on the transport by aeroplanes, in cold, dry air transportation areas, take this into your knowledge !   If this ones are transported in  sea containers, they might be very wet (moisture content in wood) and dry in your home too quickly. Regardless of whether original, Australian or Indonesian teak eucalyptus's ...

 

...Didgeridoos should never be stored beside  stoves, or in very damp areas .

Is often, that highclass didge are more sensitive.   Optimal seems a humidity of about 55-60% in the space where you store in Didgeridoos.   Minimum should be 40% approx.

 

 

 

 Replace wax mouthpiece for hygienic reasons her regularly.

 

 

 Bamboo (a grass, not wood) must be very familiar with your breath.   Bamboo is not stretchable outside, inside, it absorbs moisture and can swell ....  Bamboo can be easily sealed, the sound is normally better. Unsealed bamboo tears unfortunately often.