- Sat May 27, 2017 7:46 pm #37558
I would wonder about the 1.5 cm thickness of the 'optimum djembe'. Is that really thick enough to hold a thick skin highly tuned? I wouldn't think so. It may hold it but could warp too. Esp a non african wooded djembe. Better to make sure that has the extra strength of a few extra mm. I though shells should be at least 1.5 to 2.5 cm. If it is 1.5 and the inner bowl is carved a touch too much you end up with a weak point. 1.5 should be an minimum thickness imo. If your aiming for djembe of 7 to 8 kilo then that thickness is prob necessary but djembes weighting 10 kg's or more would be thicker i would have thought. Maybe there are large variations in wood weight too.
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