Many didgeridoos are being made in these materials:
Bamboo: often not dried properly and prone to cracking. Often too large in diameter and with a large mouth piece - making circular breathing difficult. Thinner ones can be OK.
Teak or Mahogany: these woods are being logged in huge quantities - not ethical or sustainable. They are often blocked inside by wooden fragments left after they are bored out mechanically. Some can be good quality and offer a cheap starter instrument, juts be wary of poor quality ones.
Plastic: These can be cheap and give good sound. Some types can be fragile but ones made from recycled materials seem very good. They are usually very good for beginners with a mouthpiece that is correct for almost everyone.
Traditional instruments are naturally hollowed by termites, with some manual work by humans, are of many species of Eucalyptus wood and are dense and heavy. They are usually of good quality and give the best sounds but start at 3 times+ the cost of the Teak versions. The best of this type come from Australia and often have wax mouthpieces. Do try to source from companies that employ Aboriginal people or are Fair Trade.
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1 September 2011
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