wooden instrument needs to be properly cared for, and didgeridoos are
no exception. These instructions are good ways to extend the life of
I got my new eucalyptus didgeridoo, now what?
after receiving your new didgeridoo you should avoid playing it
excessively (20 minutes or longer) as the moisture from your breath and
saliva will increase the tension in the wood and could cause cracking.
Break your didgeridoo in slowly over several days.
How do I keep the inside of my didgeridoo clean?
you play your didge you should let it "air out" and not put it in a bag
or cover it up. It is always a good idea not to eat garlic or other
"smelly" foods before you play your didge. Brush your teeth or have a
mint before you start. If your didge does start to get funky use Tea
Tree oil. Spray a little down the inside of your didge if you start to
notice it is getting funky. Tea Tree oil can be found at most major drug
stores in the vitamin/herb supplement area. NEVER pour water down the inside of a wood didgeridoo.
Will weather conditions affect my didgeridoo?
your instrument in a stable climate. Do not store it in a hot room for
long periods of time. Do not keep it in direct sunlight for long
periods. Do not subject it to extreme climate changes. Examples: having
it in your heated home and then taking it outside to play it in the
snow. Or having it in your air conditioned house and taking it out into a
hot summer day to play. When traveling between climates it is a good
idea to use a didgeridoo travel bag.
Do I need to coat the inside of my eucalyptus didgeridoo with anything?
of our didgeridoos are already coated inside and out. They do not
require further work. However it is a good idea with any high quality
wooden instrument to follow these guidelines. Coating with an equal part
mixture of tung oil, lemon oil, and linseed oil (found at hardware
store) is recommended every week for one month, every month for one year
and occasionally after that for the inside of the instrument. Put this
mixture in a spray bottle and spray a light coating down the inside of
the didge. Place the didge on a piece of cardboard so you won't make a
mess. This mixture will create a moisture barrier and harden the wood
over time which will improve the instrument. Alternatively you can also
use water based urethane to seal your instrument. It will not harden the
wood but it does provide an effective water barrier. NEVER pour water
down the inside of a wood didgeridoo. This can seriously stress the wood
and cause cracking.
How often do I have to change / put on a new beeswax mouthpiece?
mouthpieces should last 6 months to 1 year or longer. Keep it out of
direct sunlight and heat or it can melt off. Keep it away from dirt and
carpets as the beeswax tends to attract dirt and fuzzies. If you decide
to replace your mouthpiece you can find beeswax at craft stores in the
candle making section. Make sure to use only 100% beeswax with no
perfumes or oils added. Heat it up with a hairdryer until it gets soft.
For a 2" diameter didge roll out a 1/2" x 8" snake/coil like shape.
Adjust the amount of wax used based on the diameter of the didge. Take
the snake/coil to the didge and make it into a circle on top of the
didge. You may have to trim some wax. Now apply the beeswax by pushing
it onto the didge. Bend the wax slightly inward until the mouth opening
is 1 1/4".
Following all of the above guidelines will insure many years of enjoyment with your didgeridoo.
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