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Doumbek / Darbuka => Buy & Sell Darbuka => Topic started by: bsfloyd on March 30, 2019, 06:01:34 AM

Title: Clay Darbuka
Post by: bsfloyd on March 30, 2019, 06:01:34 AM
Hello gang!!  Ok, while I like the sound of both metal and clay darbuka, it is the clay versions I really love.  It is the raw and organic sound of them that draws me in.  Yes, the metal version with synthetic head has that well know and fiery sound - very crisp and poppy - but the clay versions earthy tone gets me every time I hear them in recordings.

Because my experience in shopping for clay darbuka is very limited, I have really only seen Savvas clay drums.  And yes they are beautiful, look very well built, and sound amazing, but are expensive and out of my budget.  Is there an alternative to the Savvas line that are more affordable?  Also, is there a synthetic head version clay darbuka that still has the tied on head, only not actual skin?  I understand the real skin heads are a trait of the clay drums, but just wanted to know if such synthetic heads existed for these.

Title: Re: Clay Darbuka
Post by: dHuGo on March 31, 2019, 02:04:56 PM
Hi, again, I know Savvas Percussion ( had started a series of transformed darbukas with metal shells. Synthetic skin has been extracted and a natural skin is been tied on traditional way. Prices are moderate depending on the price for the original drum.

Another interesting option by Savvas should be the "Toumbuka". It has clay shell size of a solo Darbouka with a more narrow hole inside the shell. It gives Doum-sounds like a big Doholla, but in handling it's a Solo Darbuka as well.

I have no idea on synthetic skin for a clay shell.
What do you mean?
Title: Re: Clay Darbuka
Post by: dHuGo on March 31, 2019, 02:50:58 PM
Title: Re: Clay Darbuka
Post by: bsfloyd on April 01, 2019, 03:56:20 PM
Thank you for the links!!  That metal Savvas with natural skin looks very nice - and the price of around $225 US is very attractive!

However, I wonder... is it not the clay shell material that gives a clay darbuka itís trademark tone, more so than the natural skin head?  I thought it was?

Actually, I really like synthetic heads living in central Ohio, USA because our climate changes frequently.  I know the natural skin heads donít like many changes in temperature and humidity.  This is the main reason I was looking for a clay shell with synthetic head.  Remoís Skyn Deep is a nice alternative to a natural skin head.  But, of course the synthetic head would have to tie on in the traditional manner.  Iím thinking I will probably have to settle on a natural head, due to the circumstances - but the price points are not agreeing with my wallet, ha ha.

I wonder if AI will be getting the Savvas metal/natural skin drums in soon...

Title: Re: Clay Darbuka
Post by: dHuGo on April 07, 2019, 02:37:49 PM
Sorry,  it's impossible to tie a synthetic skin on a drum the traditional way in my eyes...!

According to the body's material I have an idea as follows:
The fact is I don't see a lot of Doholla sizes based on a metal body. With big bass drums clay seems to be the best. - I'd say that metal is more elastic and gives more resonance to overtones, wich are dampened by fix earthy stuff like clay or ceramics.
Otherwise it doesn't matter a lot with smaller sizes...
Title: Re: Clay Darbuka
Post by: bsfloyd on April 08, 2019, 05:13:41 PM
I understand.  Thanks for the tips!!  I guess I will learn to love the idioacracies of the skin head :). My Toca has a goat skin head but seems pretty stable.  Iím guessing the skin heads on the clay drums may be a thinner skin than that on my Toca.  Are the skins on the more expensive clay drums actual fish skin?  I would imagine these might be thinner than the goat skin?