How to Buy a Natural Djembe
BONUS: How to Buy a Natural Djembe
Here is a list of the things to look for, when buying a natural djembe made of wood, animal skin, and rope.
- Sound (something you like)
- Tuning (low to high) NOTE: research Mali Weave
- Identify the wood (Hare, Linque, others)
- Carving (you are paying for art, not sound)
- Rubber bottom (circle or tire rim)
- Cord / Verticals (not frayed, heavy, color of choice)
- Hitch spacing (for beauty and consistent tuning)
- Skin (mounted equally high all around)
- Back (lined up in center from handle to center of opposite side)
- Fur on or off on the sides (your choice of style)
- Fur over / Skin over (your choice for style)
- Handle (simple, small, strong braided handle is best)
- Clarity of Sound (good tone, bass, slap)
First and foremost, and puts all else to lesser priority... the Sound!
OK now you know what to look for, when buying a natural djembe.
If you want to buy or consider a synthetic drum (for all weather use), then check out the next Bonus lesson!