I would like to hear a review about Wassoulou drums, I believe they are quite new to the market but their pictures look awesome...
Hi Paul, sorry took my long to reply, i did not notice your post before...
Well i got my drum about 3 months ago, is a Balafon wood drum, heavy (about may be 10kg more less), with very think Malian goat skin and also thick 5mm polyester rope, two rings and rubber footed, which i thought is good for protection of the drum, but off course lot of people think of this diferently, some people don't like it because it might produce cracks to the wood, but personaly i liked!
About the sound, it has very strong bass, and with the slap, i'm still working on it, but it sounds pretty good.
When i bought it, it came with 2 very small cracks, which i have already take care of, but it might it be for all the traveling from Africa, who knows, but it was not the big deal.
Where are you based? There are some select dealers who sell djembes but not on the same mass scale and as such they don't seem to have websites.
I'm currently living in Finland (but am from Costa Rica) and the drum was shippied from Germany, and it came very fast, very cheap shipping cost, and very good packing as well so there was no wood or skin demage. And very good custumer service from Eike, (the dealer in Germany).
I give you the link to their webshop.