This didgeridoo is absolutely astounding! In a class of it's own!
I have other eucalyptus didgeridoos which have cost more than 3 times as much as this instrument but don't play half as well! I play didgeridoos made from eucalyptus, bamboo, PVC pipe and even cardboard tubes. I class this Thomann didgeridoo to be amongst the best I have ever played and heard and I have played a few!
I am a school music teacher and regularly teach world music lessons and master-classes in other schools in the area. I have a particular interest in the Didgeridoo.
This didgeridoo is the 130-140 length version. It is in the key of Eb (E flat - I have checked the pitch of the drone with the piano).
The response is instant, the sound is rich and authentic and the vocals and barks are clear and easily voiced. The back pressure excellent - Better than you would expect from such a loud instrument which in turn makes circular breathing very easy and comfortable, providing longer intervals for inhaling deep breaths. It is very easy to sustain a drone with no blow-outs.
I have found that both slow and fast rhythms are easily accommodated making this instrument a joy to play. It is now my first choice as a demonstration instrument.
I was surprised but not disappointed that the finish of the didgeridoo was matt and not glossy or polished/varnished (my other eucalyptus ones are) and it did smell as though it had been very freshly oiled. This was in no way offensive however and doesn't affect the playability in any way. The smell goes away very quickly as the instrument is aired.
The wooden mouthpiece has been skilfully machined in such a way that it sits perfectly and tightly in the bore of the instrument and is very comfortable to use and is totally in keeping with the style of the instrument.
This instrument does NOT require you to fit a bees wax mouthpiece.
Packaging was excellent and delivery was very fast!
All in all, I absolutely love this instrument. I will definitely be purchasing another one as a spare and perhaps also a longer one with a deeper pitch.
Purchase with confidence but remember, each didgeridoo is a natural product and will vary slightly in pitch, length and appearance.