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This is my second order from TDS. I also have the travel collapsible plastic model. So ordered this one based on my success with the other model for students and ease of carrying around. This Model: The keys are accurate and range from A# to F. I've been wanting this option for a long time to carry less & have more keys to play in with other musicians. Plus it's light weight and almost impossible to break. The wood pro slider didge's elsewhere are nice, but let's get practical: They are quite expensive, and require gasket replacement fairly often and maintenance kits. Unless it's for a "proper" studio environment...this model will suffice for most average gigs just as well & sounds fine. In fact, the subtleties of authentic termite hollowed instruments get lost anyhow when you are playing live with other musicians. Only soloing will really allow you to hear true subtle advanced technique in most live settings with other instruments. For well under $100 USD, I got a model that sounds FAR better than I expected it to! It has the typical response of a PVC or plastic model with a 'somewhat' bigger boar than many synthetics and a large bell at the end....so the bass is quite excellent in comparison to many other synthetics. I've been playing close to 20 years....so I can be a harsh critic - as I own many varying instruments in my collection. But for the price of this, you simply can't go wrong! I'd recommend it to beginners, students, and pro's alike. You'll all get a good experience out of it. Beginners will like it's ease to play and better responsiveness than smaller synthetics. Pros and more advanced players will LOVE the ability to switch keys on command, with the ability to do some very nice note bending still. Having it start at a true low A instead of A# might be nice. But that's nitpicking now isn't it? Also because it's lower price point, I have no problem carrying it around anywhere for random playing experiences. You tend NOT to do this with a $1,500.00 authentic instrument. So I now find myself playing with more people randomly and really enjoying it. The only reason I gave 4 instead of 5 stars, was the seal where the bell connects was not fully sealed and leaked, so I had to buy some epoxy to seal it up properly. Not the end of the world. Do yourself a favor.....just order one.
First off. Its Lightweight, Its made out of Strong Material. It Really gives You the opportunity to see what scales You like Best for playing. It Looks Nice. The Mouth piece is Perfect, w no need to shape, and is replaceable if needed. Well made Instrument for a Great Price! The CD instructional was Awesome! I totally Recommend & Will Buy more Products from this company. Thank You for the Surprise Didgeridoo U.S.A CD this Memorial Weekend.Its Awesome! I got choked up about the gift because Im a Former U.S. Marine. Thank You.
This is a great didge for the price. If you are just learning it is nice to be able to change keys and get an understanding of the different backpressures and how they effect playing and breathing. This is built well and feels solid. The rubber mouthpiece has a nice feel as well. The didge slider tube has marks where the different keys are. My favorite thing about this didge is how nice the vocals pour out of the flared bell. If I am playing a drone and do a sudden dog bark it will scare people around you. I can get it to project very well and very loud. The didge has 2 screws in it so you can tighten the slider and lock it into place or leave the screws loose and you can change keys as you play. From a sound quality standpoint it does not sound like wood cause it is not wood. To me this is the only downside. Tt has a slight honky plasticy types sound to it but if you don't know what a wood one sounds like this will not matter. If you are on the fence id say just try it cause it is a great didge for a great price.
I was not sure what to expect with this slider didgeridoo, and can say I am glad I got it. I have a wooden one and was looking for one in different a key and this will let me settle on a key. I am still new to didgeridoo and can buzz it as long as I want. When I play my wooden one it now seems easier to play. This slider has allowed me to practice buzzing and get the muscle memory to smooth circle breath. I highly recommend this to a anyone looking for a first didgeridoo.
This is my first Didge, and it is a lot of fun! The instructions are easy to understand, and the DVD is very helpful. :-)