Hi all from Suffolk, UK
I am a very recent convert to djembe (two months). My wife will tell you that for the last 20 years I have tapped out rhythms on tabletops, cushions, body parts etc for most of my life but until now never thought of actually playing a hand drum (am I thick or what!). I did try out playing a doumbek after a holiday in Egypt, but found the sound was too high pitched for my natural bass orientated ears. The positive side though was after searching Youtube for doumbek clips I came across some djembe clips and instantly realised that here was the instrument for me.
I initially purchased a couple of (very) cheap 2nd hand djembes off Ebay, which, although of poor quality confirmed my suspicion that I was heading in the right direction. My next, and best move, was to find this forum, which set me up perfectly when looking for the real deal. I finally plumped for a djembe from Baragnouma.com (pic on page 34 of "Show off your axe").
And now, oh boy, has my life changed. I eat, breathe and sleep djembe. I work at a school, and every lunch period, rather than wasting time eating, I hide away in one of the music department's practice rooms giving it my all (all of which is resulting in a great deal of pleasure and weight loss - a win win situation however you look at it!).
And for the future, to find a local quality teacher and perhaps at some time a visit to West Africa. I am 56 years old and haven't been this excited about life for over 25 years.
Looking forward to a long and pleasurable journey with both my drum and this forum. Keep up the great work.