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By Pabluefox
#37057
Hi. I purchased a new djembe Djala wood with natural goatskin head. It sounds like it has a ring whenever I strike a base tone much like a synthetic head wood. What can I do? Thanks for any insight.
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By korman
#37058
Hi,
Did you try it before buying? Can you return it for another one?

Maybe the skin is too thin, maybe the it has not been properly fitted, maybe the inside of shell is not properly done, there can be numerous causes to ringing problem, it is impossible to tell without seeing the drum and hearing its sound. I'm sorry, but there might not be easy solution to this.

Drum can be reskinned, bearing edge straightened, but all these things require intervention by a skilled artisan (or you need to research and learn drumbuilding yourself). So if you don't like the sound, exchange it for another one, if possible.
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By michi
#37059
Or just keep tuning. Usually, as you increase tension, the ringing goes down. Tune high enough, and you'll probably end up with a really dry sound. That, or a broken skin. Live is too short to play a drum that doesn't sound right… ;)

Michi.
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By drtom
#37063
It's true that any number of things can cause the ringing in your djembe, but I'd be willing to bet it's simply out of tune. The fact that the bass rings tells me this.

Only the very best drum makers crank their djembes up to playing pitch before they're sold. Most drum makers (who tend to mass produce them) leave the skins relatively loose out of fear that they will split. This is true of big name companies like Remo, LP and Meinl, but also true of smaller drum makers out of Africa, especially from Ghana.