Thanks for the reply.
I did some research about djembe wood, and from what I have read Hare wood and Linke wood or Lenge wood (which is what I have...I was spelling it wrong) are indeed known to have a "ringier" quality to them (But not sure how that compares to the ringy quality I have). In the future I know that Iroko wood is more inline with the dryer sound I am looking for...at least in theory. I don't have a store near where I live to go physically check out a quality djembe, so I purchased mine online without hearing them first.
For now, I am going to crank it up. A diamond here, diamond there, and see what happens. They are still new. 6 month old or so. The goat skinned one I got from http://www.africanrhythmtraders.com/html/drums.html
and the cow skinned one I got from http://irietones.com/professional_djembe_history.html
. Within a week I had the first round of lock stitch in place, and now I have about a quarter round of diamonds.
On the goat skinned one, I am going to evenly place a couple of more diamonds. I am afraid to place them all on one side. I am a stickler about evenness. If that does not do it...them I am going to plan B, which is to redo the verticals. They seemed pretty tight when I got the drum, but perhaps the head was not seated well...I don't know.
As for the cow skinned dugara wood drum (dugara? that is what irietones says it is, but I found no info on that wood, other than that it is West African)...that one does not have the high pitched ring, but just the overtones. So I think I just need to crank that up too. (the picture of this one: http://irietones.com/images/products/DK47_1L.jpg
Unfortunately, I have yet to be face to face with anyone who has a djembe tuned and/or the technique to produce that sound I am listening for. That awesome Malinke sound. That, of course, would be ideal.
So I guess I am wondering...does wood really got that much to do with it? I mean of course, craftsmanship does, but that aside. Let's assume that the drum was carved in the traditional manner and was more or less free from defects.