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please help me identify

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 7:58 pm
by HempGod
Yo man, I just bought my first djembe a few weeks ago, I have read that there are a lots of kind according to the wood type and origin. I also saw lot of websites which shows the different djembes based on its shell/wood.

Kindly help me identify what kind of wood (probably) was used on my djembe and where do my djembe came from. Please refer to the photos of my djembe attached herewith.

Thanks a lot, and more power to the people who keep on helping new djembefolas. :rasta:

Re: please help me identify

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:52 am
by boromir76
Hello. My guess would be iroko wood, but I am far from shure on that one... The outside is polished with some thick transparent glossy coating, which changes the overall apearance of the wood a bit, and makes identification even harder.

Re: please help me identify

Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:39 am
by drtom
My guess is that's tweneboe from Ghana. Can's be sure, but the rope, wood and craftsmanship makes me think Ghana.

drtom

Re: please help me identify

Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:14 am
by Crispy
I thought Tweneboa based on the first pic, but I'm not so sure from the others. How heavy is it?

Re: please help me identify

Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:21 pm
by HempGod
Thanks for all the people who care to reply, I appreciate it,

I saw a similar drum on the internet with the same carvings and it is made from Dimba wood.

and what about the rope? should i change it? is it a decent drum in your opinion?

btw, crispy, are u the brain behind "the Drum Hut", you got a cool website and drums as well^^

Re: please help me identify

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:40 pm
by Crispy
HempGod wrote:btw, crispy, are u the brain behind "the Drum Hut", you got a cool website and drums as well^^
That's me, yep! Thank you!

If your djembe weighs around 7-8kg, you might be right about dimba. It's certainly got a similar grain, but every dimba shell I've ever worked on has been darker than yours. I had a similar looking Gambian djembe once that I was told was "Ironwood".

Re: please help me identify

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:02 am
by HempGod
actually its around 9.5 Kg, and size is 14 x 25 inches

Re: please help me identify

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:19 am
by drtom
After revisiting this thread and taking another look at the pictures I noticed something I missed the first time. In the third picture I think I see the bottom ring sitting on a ledge. From my experience Ghana djembes won't have a ledge, so the drum is probably not from Ghana.
HempGod wrote:and what about the rope? should i change it?
The rope is a coreless weave (typical of Ghana djembes). The material is probably strong and durable, but because it's a coreless weave any damage to the rope will seriously compromise it. I would change it next time you mount a fresh skin.

Re: please help me identify

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:13 pm
by the kid
There'd be more roping if it was a typical Ghanian drum. Also doesn't looks like twenbo. Also different shape.

To me it looks like dimba. But varnished so hard to say for sure.

I don't think weight is irrelevant. It depends on the inner thickness as well as the wood. I've dimba drums between 8 and 12 kilo.