Didgeridoo...who knew-s? Looking for a unique part and a better vocabulary. :)

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Greg Evans
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Didgeridoo...who knew-s? Looking for a unique part and a better vocabulary. :)

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Hey guys. New to the forum, but a long time maker of goofy noise makers and bad jokes. (knew-s ...knows....never mind.;)

I checked the forum data, but I don't see many didgeridoo post. I was hoping that someone may help me find, and or suggest where to look for a part, and hopefully, give me some better search terms to feed the Google machine.

I will try to explain.... (see attached pic if I can figure out how to attach one.)

I have built several one piece pvc type didgeridoos in the past, but I may be attempting to build a take apart, wooden, travel didge, soon. What I hope to find is a male to female pipe-in-pipe fitting, where the inner pipe has some o-ring(s) to keep it airtight and solid. (no slop) Similar to the way a clarinet goes together. (I may go down that cork path, if I have to..idk) I have seen the type of "coupling", on the high end didgeridoos online, so I am hoping that it a readily available part. Does any of this make sense? I would appreciate any suggestions where I might find this part, or even what it may be called. I've fed every search term I can think of into Google. I am also open to any other ideas about how else to achieve this connection.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
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Charlie Schultz
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There are some posts in the old library archives too, this seemed to have the most info: http://www.mimf.com/old-lib/didj_design.htm

Use the links in this post to search more: http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php ... 965#p18277

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I have never seen such a fitting commercially available. However, it would be relatively easy to make if you had a metal lathe.
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Peter Cowell
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I have not seen joints with O rings but you could use telescoping brass tube. The only break down didges I have seen were made from plastic irrigation stand pipes where one size slides into another. They lock together with a threaded taper lock. This also makes them 'tuneable'.

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If you are making it out of PVC why not use an outside connector glued to one length, and cut a groove around the other length to fit an O-ring into that will slip into the other side of the connector. From a brief perusal of designs it seems didgeridoos can have conical or cylindrical bores and don't need a straight bore. You could perhaps make a folded bassoon or rackett like design using pvc elbows to make a compact instrument.
Some interesting "travel doo" designs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBJlAr-2Gw4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Visc7QyxlxI

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Post by Peter Cowell »

Clay Schaeffer has just reminded me of a didge I saw in Kuranda, Qld ,Australia which was circular. In effect it was a tube that had been routed into a square of timber(two halves glued together). The bore was conical. Ideal for travelling.

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Well that'[s pretty cool. Just add a handle.

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Post by Maclean Forquer »

Mine is basically just like that, but it's made out of ABS, I think. (The mouthpiece, I mean) It's in Db, then I can take off a piece to tune it to D and unscrew the whole assembly to tune it to E. The main part of the didj is a fiberglass cast of a natural eucalyptus didj. I like the metal, though. I feel like the ABS takes a bit out of the sound.
Might be time to pester your metalworking friends.

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