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Non riesco più a suonare il didgeridoo.. cosa può essere?

If you were able to play it in the past it's most likely an air hole in your didj. Check carefully around the mouthpiece seal and also look carefully all over your didj for small holes or cracks. You can test suspicious areas by sealing your mouth over it and sucking. If you can suck air through you will have to seal the hole or crack. The easiest way to do this is by pressing bees wax into it.

Come faccio a rinnovare il bocchino a cera d'api e dove la posso trovare?

First get yourself a small piece of natural beeswax the size of an ice hockey puck. You can get beeswax from beekeepers, saddlers, health food stores, craft shops or hardware stores.

Warm your beeswax up by putting it in the microwave for 10 seconds or in the oven at very low heat (60 degrees Celsius) for about 15 minutes. On a hot sunny day you can just put it in a glass jar in the sun. Once your beeswax is soft and pliable, shape it into a 10 to 20 mm diameter snake (depending on the size of the mouthpiece) and then start pushing it onto the top of your didj into a circle (after removing the old mouthpiece with a knife).

Now go back over it to make certain that it seals well onto the wood both on the inside and the outside. Last you ensure that the hole is about 35 to 40mm across and evenly round. Any bumps and unevenness will make it harder to get a good seal when playing.

Ho appena preso il mio primo didgeridoo, è lungo circa 5 piedi e 2 pollici ed ha una crepa lungo un quarto della sua lunghezza è normale nei didgeridoo? Cosa posso fare?

Sorry to hear about your cracked didj. Sadly the vast majority of didjes sold are of poor workmanship. Cracking is a very common problem unless you buy from a reliable supplier like us (punt intended). When I have a look through retail shops in our local tourist towns, I often see didjes with huge cracks being sold to unsuspecting tourists.

My first advice is to take it back to the shop you got it from or contact the supplier and demand a replacement. If you cannot get a positive response out of whoever sold you the cracked didj, try to repair the crack yourself as follows:

  • first grind or carve the out side of the crack into a V-shape
  • then fill that groove with a mix of sawdust and wood glue (best to have consistency of the mix similar to bread dough - not too wet). For best adhesion, apply some wood glue to the edges of the crack before applying the paste.
  • put some tie wire around the didj to stop it from expanding even further
  • allow about a week to dry
  • refill any sunken in areas
  • allow another week to dry
  • using a sharp knife and / or a grinder and / or sandpaper, level the filled area with the rest of the didj
  • touch up any artwork if applicable
  • apply at least two protective coats to the treated area (best to use the same kind of varnish as has been used on the didj).
  • apply another coat of the same varnish over the whole didj

La finitura alla base del mio didgeridoo a campana si è consumata. Posso ritoccarla con del poliuretano marino? Inoltre vorrei personalizzare con disegni il mio didgeridoo, posso usare colori acrilici.

We use a water-based non-yellowing varnish on most of our didjes. You can use a similar product or a polyurethane-based varnish. We do advise to give the area to be varnished a sanding with ~300 to 600 grid sandpaper to help varnish adhesion.

To put your own artwork on a didj, give the whole didj a sanding with ~300 to 600 grid sandpaper first and then use acrylics for the artwork. Seal the artwork in a layer or two of whichever varnish you like (a non-yellowing varnish is usually best, to preserve the original colours of wood and artwork).

Ho un didgeridoo dal suono metallico e vorrei sapere come prendermene cura. Ho letto parecchio materiale in merito, ma preferirei un vostro punto di vista.

It depends a lot on what protection the didj already has.

If the didj has any protective coating at all, you will have to use the same or a similar product again. All the products you mention and more are used to treat didjes but some are not compatible with each other. For example, treating a painted didj with linseed oil (even if done only on the inside) is very likely to lift the paint off sooner or later.

By the sound of it your didj has no protection at all on the inside. So we'd advise getting someone to spray paint the inside with a non-toxic varnish (assuming that the didj has some sort of varnish on the outside and not an oil). At the same time you can get another coat or two on the outside - try a small spot first for compatibility.

If your didj has been treated on the outside with an oil, then stick to that and get linseed oil sprayed through the inside and apply more of it to the outside. If you don't know what your didj has been treated with and want to be sure, ask the supplier or take it to an experienced wood worker and get his/her opinion

Ho urgente bisogno di sapere come arrestare la crepa nel mio didgeridoo. Si sta estendendo ogni giorno, aiutatemi!!!

I am afraid this is a very common problem.

The problem is caused by the fact that most didjes are sold without sufficient treatment to prevent cracking to start in the first place. So the best advice is to check whether the seller offers a warranty and how well their workmanship is before you buy (if you had bought one of our didjes, you would not have this problem!).

The best way to fix a cracked didj is to bevel the cracks and fill them with a mix of saw dust and wood glue (extend the bevel and fill for about an inch beyond the ends of the crack). You might have to refill again after a week as the mix will shrink as it dries. Once the fill is totally dry (allow at least one week in dry weather) you can sand it back to level it with the surrounding timber. After that seal the area and the whole didj again, preferably with a varnish compatible to what's on the didj already. You might want to apply several layers of varnish to minimise the possibility of further cracking.

Salve. Ho comprato da voi un didgeridoo (#ac140) e sono stupito per la sua crescente umidità interna.

There isn't much you can or need to do about it. Luckily, since our didjes are sealed on the whole of the inside, there should be no problem with moisture, even if it comes running out the bottom.

Glad to hear that you are happy with your didj and that the video helped you learn circular breathing.

Is it possible to improve the back pressure of a didj by reducing the diameter of the mouth piece with wax?

If your beeswax mouth piece is not optimised to your mouth, back pressure as well as other sound qualities will suffer, so it would be correct to say that reducing the inner diameter of the mouth piece will somewhat increase the back pressure if the mouth piece is too big. But this is really just a side effect of optimising the mouth piece. If you make the mouthpiece smaller and smaller, you will not keep increasing the back pressure but rather make it harder and finally impossible to play the didj.

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