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Mamady Keita Series

Postby Gumbe_2013 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:31 pm

https://www.djembe-awa.com

Here you can order some new Mamady Keita Series Djembes.
But 1500$ is a overblown price , isnt it !? :shock:
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Re: Mamady Keita Series

Postby korman » Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:25 pm

Well, if you ask that question, you are not the target audience:)

It's like asking: "why buy Leica when Samsung takes pictures too?", or "why buy a Bentley if Opel/Chevvy gets you to work too?"
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Re: Mamady Keita Series

Postby Djembe04 » Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:39 am

You only pay for the name.
You should have heard the opinion of Famoudou, when he didn't know it were drums of MK series. Good drums, but certainly not worth the money for me.
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Re: Mamady Keita Series

Postby the kid » Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:34 pm

If people are big fans of Mamady and have that cash to spare then i can see why they'd want to buy it. To some that is not a lot of money. And it is a rare drum no matter what as they control the output. I reckon the guys making this drum were like what is the point unless they make a substantial profit. In reality the drum is similar wood, dimensions, materials to many way cheaper drums, so if it is for pure play-ability it is overpriced. If you live in Europe you could fly down to Guinea and get a very similar drum made and have a holiday for the same price.
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Re: Mamady Keita Series

Postby nkolisnyk » Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:53 pm

I tried to find some info on there website, but couldn't - what makes these drums Mamady Keita drums? Did MK play these drums himself and select these drums out of a batch of drums?

In my 'other' music world, I play a Yamaha Bobby Shew 8310z trumpet. They are trumpets designed by a jazz trumpet master, but people tend to pay a premium price for one of the 8310z trumpets specially selected out of the batch by Bobby Shew himself.

FWIW, they are very nice looking drums.
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Re: Mamady Keita Series

Postby the kid » Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:01 pm

I reckon Mamady designed the proportions.

Jeramy found the carver and was using him for years before these special pieces.

I reckon they are just charging that price because they can, there are people who want something personally from Mamady, and are happy to pay an exaggerated price. What would be the point of a signed djembe if the price didn't go up.

It is hard to see why djembes are so dear any ways considering the real price of wood and carvers in West Africa.

People seem to accept a special piece should be 800 dollars but are then shocked at 1500?

I think both prices are over the top for a good djembe which is esentially, specially selected wood and well carved bowl.
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