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How can i know that a mother of pearl darbuka is fake?
« on: May 12, 2015, 03:37:51 AM »
Hey  8)
I would like to buy a mother of pearl darbuka.
I have heard that there are many fake pearls darbukas out there.

How can i know that a pearl darbuka is fake?
Are there a useful methods to check this?

Since i am going to buy a second hand darbuka i need to be sure.
Please advise me.

Thanks



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Re: How can i know that a mother of pearl darbuka is fake?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2015, 04:28:29 AM »
Dear darbukadon
You have asked an important question.
We will try to answer that.

How to identify a genuine mother of pearl doumbek

1) The process of building mother of darbuka takes a long time (http://www.arabinstruments.com/how-to-build-pearl-doumbek).
 Every factory or maker who build them usually put his signature which you will not be able to remove since it will be part of the pearls decoration.

2) When you buy a mother of pearl darbuka , make sure you know the name of the brand and it's reputation.

3) Fake mother of pearl darbuka will have a plastic decoration instead of pearls, in this case the weight of the darbuka will be less than 3.5 k"g since the genuine pearls weigh much more.
Usually mother of pearl darbuka weigh from  3.9k"g to 8.5k"g depending the type (http://www.arabinstruments.com/help-you-choose-darbuka)

4) In some cases you will see that the decoration is just a painting paper that has been paste around the aluminum. Don't fall on that trap..

Hope we have helped....

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Re: How can i know that a mother of pearl darbuka is fake?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2015, 06:29:48 AM »
Thatís brilliant guide to identify a genuine mother of pearl Darbuka, I always believe the best thing to avoid anything like this is to purchase it from a reliable source so we never have to worry. I have one question what to do when we purchase online? Itís tough to identify much from videos or pictures.

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Re: How can i know that a mother of pearl darbuka is fake?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2015, 04:54:40 PM »
I really had no clue that even Pearl Darbuka are fake, I though all to be real but this is a really good lesson for me, as I never think about this but from now onwards I will definitely check for the things that Admin have suggested, but prior to that can you tell me whether itís just Pearl Darbuka that can be fake or every instrument has same issue?