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Who makes the best Djembe

Postby keeptahoeblue » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:28 am

What company makes the best Djembe. I want a quality drum and im not afraid to invest. what is the diference in sound between mali and a guinea drum? What wood is best?

thank you so so so much.

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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby michi » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:57 am

If you search around in the forums a bit, you'll find plenty of discussions about good-quality drums. Don't buy anything that has a brand label on it, such as Remo or LP. Anything made in a factory is not the real thing.

If you want to see really nice drums sold at a reasonable price, check out Drumskull Drums and Wula Drum.

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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby bubudi » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:08 pm

hi n, check out this thread for some previous discussion on this topic.
buy-instruments/what-you-know-these-companies-t586.html
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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby Rhythm House Drums » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:31 pm

I've heard that http://www.RhythmHouseDrums.com has some excellent djembes and will build a shell up to your specs. ;)

We carry drums from Ivory Coast, Guinea and Mali. Woods in Iroko, Lenke, Djalla, Khadi(my favorite)... etc. We will also build up a custom djembe or ashiko out of American Hardwoods... Walnut gives the best sound in my opinion.
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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby michi » Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:08 am

Rhythm House Drums wrote:I've heard that http://www.RhythmHouseDrums.com has some excellent djembes and will build a shell up to your specs. ;)

Do they now? That's fascinating, thanks a lot for pointing that out ;)

As I said elsewhere, there is no such thing as "the best djembe". And anything made by a company is automatically out of the running. By "company", I mean any shell that's made in a factory.

If you want a real djembe, get a shell imported from Africa. Quite a few of these djembes are branded (such as the ones from Rhythm House Drums ;), Wula, or Drumskull). But that just means that these companies were involved in the quality-control, manufacturing, and/or building process in some way; the shells are still genuine African shells, made of traditional hardwoods and carved by African carvers, which is what you want.

Cheers,

Michi.

Edited to add: Actually, for Australian customers, there is a guy called Michi Henning who makes pretty decent drums. (Sorry, couldn't resist... ;) )
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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby fattyboombatty » Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:34 am

I bought a lenke drum from Rhythm House Drums and am very happy with it!
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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby Trog » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:06 am

There are so many great looking drums at the shops, you may have a hard time picking one.
I was looking for one and ended up with two...
This video will tell you a bit about the between Mali and Guinea drums
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAu6VM_x ... r_embedded
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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby Mike Wassoulou » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:39 pm

Hello,

To try a good djembe (Mali, Ivory coast or Guinea) you can visit www.wassoulou.com

or on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/WASSOULOUPercussions

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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby closetdrummer » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:56 pm

I bought my drum from World Wide Drums LLC. Don't know much about the company.
It (apparently) came from West Africa...probably on a scale of 1 to 10 it's a 3 but does the job for me for under $225.
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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby PBS » Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:35 am

For European customers I can certainly recommend the French seller BaraGnouma (http://baragnouma.com/en/), where the drums are sent directly from Burkina Faso.

Including taxes and postage the cost of my djembe from them came to £169.00, which compared to the so called 'professional' company made drums I have seen online, appears to be a bargain.

I was so impressed with the quality that I now have another one on order!
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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby sol » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:02 pm

Well i got my first one from Wassoulou and is pretty good, i just wished i could go there to buy my self not through internet, but i'm plaining to get my next one from Drumskull for sure!
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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby Trog » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:33 am

I picked up a beautiful Mali djembe from Marcus over a year ago and it is perfect. I see he has some more in stock at his store.
http://www.woodenroots.com/djembe_pro.html
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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby sol » Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:54 pm

Trog wrote:I picked up a beautiful Mali djembe from Marcus over a year ago and it is perfect. I see he has some more in stock at his store.
http://www.woodenroots.com/djembe_pro.html


I have not seen that page before... Good recommendation!
I already saw the jembes, they look beautiful and solid!
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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby Paul » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:34 pm

sol wrote:Well i got my first one from Wassoulou and is pretty good, i just wished i could go there to buy my self not through internet, but i'm plaining to get my next one from Drumskull for sure!


I would like to hear a review about Wassoulou drums, I believe they are quite new to the market but their pictures look awesome...

Where are you based? There are some select dealers who sell djembes but not on the same mass scale and as such they don't seem to have websites.

I would like to hear some comparisons from the non-european based people. As a lot of the dealers you talk about are US based its not very likely that i'm ever going to try them out..

Anyone done any comparatives e.g. wula v's baragnouma.... mamady signature v's drumskull etc...
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Re: Who makes the best Djembe

Postby Waraba » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:49 am

An oft-overlooked company is Djembedirect.com; their high-end djembes are excellent.
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