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By michi
#32010
Just a suggestion: next time when you post a pic, size it so it's no wider than about 400 pixels. Otherwise, the board software doesn't cope with it all that well…

For people having problem viewing the image, right-click and select "Open image in new window" (or something to that effect). That should show the image in a sensible way.

Cheers,

Michi.
By zurghhh
#32011
Michi - Still not as sensible as the other posted pictures - but somewhat better.

It doesn't seem to work very well posting pictures from an I-phone :)
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By The Dank
#32338
New djembe, as of yesterday. It's a lenke Ivory Coast drum built with cow skin by Motherland Music in LA. It sounds awesome, and I really like the interesting stripes in the grain pattern of the wood!

The eventual goal for this drum is to have it be a cranked, cracking solo drum.
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By michi
#32339
Nice job! I particularly like handle! Could you post a close-up of that?

I'm not so sure about the weave over two pairs of verticals. It tends to get ultra-messy if you need to start another row. (It looks good, but I don't think it's all that practical.)

Cheers,

Michi.
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By Michel
#32343
Here is my favourite drum at the moment. Just did a reheading, the second I did by myself... The drum was made for me in Bamako in 2010, by a local carver. I chose the model, 2 days later it was ready to take to the Netherlands. Skin broke last year, after that I put quite a thick goat on it. The drum is short, only 55 cm. Diameter of the playable surface of the skin is 35 cm. During the pulling of a first attempt to rehead it, I used a locking pliers that made some damages to the rope. And during the second attempt (this one) the rope broke because of the damages.... But I could save the skin, luckily the rope broke close to the loop, so I just could pull the loop one vertical further and make a knot where it broke. After that happened, I didn't trust the rope that much anymore so decided not to pull the verticals too much. To make it the way it is now, I made a whole round of weave, plus some extra knots on the second round.

I just played it in the lesson with my teacher. It sounds really low and loud, like an traditional old djembe. I love it! And my fellow students as well, it adds some extra spice to all the high-pitched drums.
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By davidognomo
#32344
I really like it, Michel. That's exactly the kind of drum I would like to have for a second djembe. In opposition to a guinean/conacry one.
Michel wrote:During the pulling of a first attempt to rehead it, I used a locking pliers that made some damages to the rope.
I had the same problem with my pliers. I told about it to a friend, he said he had the same problem and told me to tape the part of the pliers that hold the rope. It's the rough surface of that part that shreds the rope. After I did that, the rope stopped appearing dammaged. The tape I used held on for a while, then, with usage, started to deteriorate. I switch it for some more new one and it holds for let's say one or two rehead jobs. Maybe with some better tape... It does the job, anyway :bandaid:
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By michi
#32348
Nice drum. Similar in shape to my Jina djembe.

For the locking pliers, tape won't do the job. Either use vinyl tubing, or file down the serrations on the jaws, so you won't damage the rope.

Cheers,

Michi.
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By Michel
#32349
Hi Michi,

yes I saw the Jina djembe's, it's Jeremy Chevrier's isn't it. Does your Jina djembe (jina is spirit? Why is it called that way, is it Jeremy's invention?) sound so nice and 'old'? That's what I like about it so much. I think the shape of the bowl has to do with it.
But I think mine is shorter, only 55 cm. It looks a bit strange, me and my djembe, since I am almost 2 metres tall....

Thanks for the suggestion about the locking pliers. I will file the serrations on the jaws before my next reheading job!
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By michi
#32359
Yes, "jina" means "spirit". I believe Jeremy came up with this is a trademark for the drums he was selling. I got mine in January 2008 in Bamako from Jeremy. Mine is short too, probably around 57 cm. I think the sound comes from the larger than usual volume of the bowl, as well as the large diameter. Naturally, a larger head will give you lower pitch for the same amount of tension on the skin. So, it makes for an ideal bass djembe. On the other hand, I've had it cranked to solo pitch and, with that, the drum is unbelievably loud. (Problem with this is that the skins will only last a few months.)

Cheers,

Michi.
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By gr3vans
#32486
just because its awesome. not because it's mine.
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from baro. can't remember the fola's last name, but his first name is Abdoulaye. Daniel, can you help me out here?
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By dleufer
#32489
Is that Mansa Camio's "special" drum? I think the story was that his uncle died right after carving it so they call it "Noumoudy" in honour of him. Definitely a really nice sounding djembe.
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By Shaeren
#32522
Here's a photo of my latest djembe - Guinea lenke shell carved by Lye Konate, build by Drumroots.
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