BEFORE YOU BUY (1): Are you ready for a traditional didjeridu ?
Are you ready for a traditional didjeridu ?
This may seem a strange question, coming from suppliers of traditional instruments, but it’s a question we feel obliged to ask, at the risk of reducing sales but at the same time avoiding misunderstandings and misconceptions which may lead to disappointment and dismay.
The present trend towards traditional instruments is definitely positive, but also attracts a wider public who understandably have little or no idea how to maintain them, and unfortunately sometimes regard our guidelines as a kind of legal disclaimer to cover extreme circumstances which very rarely occur.
This is not the case! A traditional didjeridu is not a modern easycare product which thrives on neglect. If you’ve read our relatively extensive care pages, you’ll have a good idea what we’re talking about here. If you haven’t, please do! Regrettably, we know of several cases where our care pages had been read but then completely disregarded by customers who were later shocked when their beloved instrument started to develop cracks or other problems.
Taking your stick seriously
Our Serious Sticks trading name is no accident. Our instruments are intended for those who take their “sticks” seriously in more ways than one. If you’re not prepared to exert a reasonable amount of caution, care and attention on a didjeridu, then perhaps you’d be better off with a modern instrument which can take wide changes in humidity and temperature and an occasional knock or two in its stride.
We’re the last people who would want to discourage anyone from experiencing the special qualities only to be found in a traditional didjeridu – but if the idea of breaking in an instrument slowly (read weeks or even months, not days) or oiling it seems like a waste of time, or checking and maintaining ambient humidity in the winter is too much of a nuisance, then perhaps you should look elsewhere, unless of course you’re happy to make your own repairs – but if you’ve no time for looking after it in the first place, chances are you’re not the type to spend time fixing it either.
Okay, enough gloom and doom. If you adhere to our guidelines and make that little bit of effort to look after your instrument, then you will reap the rewards and be repaid by many years of pleasure as your didjeridu “matures” like a fine wine. If the worst comes to the worst and despite your loving attention you still have problems, almost everything can be fixed. We will gladly help you out with advice or repair your instrument at reasonable rates.