- Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:19 pm
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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