13th July, 2007 A great drum for a serious beginner to intermediate "Construction
A high quality natural skin which gives a wide dynamic range, should
to most drummers. Better than other drums I've come across in this price
range - more comparable to skins on much more expensive drums.
A beautifully carved body made from what feels like a solid piece of
wood - better by far than what I've found on similar priced drums - only
surpassed by drums costing several times as much.
Triple ring tuning - was in tune when I got it out of the box!?, haven't
had to tune it since (about a month of playing). I think this is a good sign.
Many two ring drums require tightening before every session..
Easily produces clean strong bass and tone notes, ideal for beginners and
intermediates like me.
Easily played, in that it produces a relatively large sound for the amount
of hit - again surpassing other drums in its price range easily.
Additionally the evenly radiused edge of the drum head means you can play
longer without getting sore hands.
A full warm sound with a hint of sharpness, I think the sound of it is
- I like that its not quite as sharp as a middle eastern drum, but a
little sharper than other African drums I've played in its size - it makes it
better when played on its own, but still holds its own with other drums in
a drum circle.
I think this is a great drum for a serious beginner to intermediate
because when playing in a group it doesn't drown out other instruments,
however it can still clearly be heard - great for learning and social
drumming. I wouldn't recommend it for advanced drummers, as I found it a
little difficult to produce a slap note on - I think due to the size
I think with an extra couple of inches in drum head this drum would hold
its own with $1000 West African imports.
As it is however, I think this drum
wont disappoint and definitely represents the best value for money in its
price range I've come across.
I honestly believe you would have to pay more than twice as much to get a noticeably better sound from a wooden drum." Josh, Australia. [Verified Buyer] SAPPHIRE Member since