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Re: Red Tweneboa Djembe Review by bubudi on Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:13 am
great work on the review michi, and congratulations to benjamin. red tweneboa drums of this caliber should definitely be a consideration for people on a budget or looking to get their first drum, or to anyone looking for a good lightweight alternative.

benjamin, what percentage of the price of the drum, approximately, do the carvers get by your estimate? also, are these tweneboa trees being replaced in the forest after they are cut down, please?

Re: Red Tweneboa Djembe Review by Kaitaro on Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:27 am
The recording sounded good. Nice review. Good looking djembe.

Re: Red Tweneboa Djembe Review by michi on Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:00 am
Thanks for the clarification Benjamin. So you are saying that red and yellow might come from one tree, and yellow and white from another, depending on age? I wasn't aware that the same tree doesn't produce all three colors of wood. I didn't get the information from Wikipedia, by the way. Instead, it comes from this post: ... sage/18921

As I said in my review, I can't know for certain whether the shell was made on a lathe. All I noticed were a few faint perfectly horizontal tool marks, such as you would get when turning a shell on a lathe. But, as you say, it's entirely possible for the marks to have come from the sanding. The marks are only visible if you look very closely, and in no way detract from the beauty of the shell. And, as I said, I have no problem with lathe-turned shells. I see no reason why you couldn't make them that way....

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RE: Red Tweneboa Djembe Review by aiduenu on Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:06 am
michi wrote:
The Latin species name for Tweneboa is Cordia platythyrsa. The tree occurs all over West Africa, including Ghana, Guinea, and Côte d'Ivoire (among other countries). The tree grows to 30 m in height, with a diameter of 1 m. Tweneboa is available in three different grades: white, yellow, and red. The different grades come from the same tree; white Tweneboa from the top section, yellow Tweneboa from the middle section, and red Tweneboa from the section near the bottom.


Point of correction

As you rightly said twineaboa has 3 types red/dark, Yellow and white. but in my life time i have never seen a single twineboah tree with 3 colors as indicate from your review from this is a nwes to me by the way what i know for sure is that, Red/dark twineboa come from an old single male tree which will be about ...

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Re: Where have all the notation web pages gone? by michi on Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:58 am
The best collection of notation I'm aware of are the WAP pages:

There is quite a lot on that site, including cultural background. I have no idea what happened to…


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