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Doumbek / Darbuka => Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons => Topic started by: Hazeem Shiek on May 13, 2015, 08:46:34 AM

Title: Ceramic Doumbek is better with Mylar heads or Goatskin?
Post by: Hazeem Shiek on May 13, 2015, 08:46:34 AM
Yesterday I was talking to my friend about Doumbek and how they are and suddenly there was a question in his mind which even I wanted to know. Ceramic Doumbek is better with Mylar head or Goatskin? Itís a tough question for new comers but hopefully an experience person can help me out.
Title: Re: Ceramic Doumbek is better with Mylar heads or Goatskin?
Post by: hylian_shieldmaiden on May 13, 2015, 11:57:49 AM
In my opinion, the best head for a ceramic durbakke is fish skin. It gives the best sound :)

I'm not sure if I've ever seen a ceramic one with a mylar head, I always thought those were just for metal durbakkes. But between fish skin and goat skin, fish skin gives a nicer sound with more pop.
Title: Re: Ceramic Doumbek is better with Mylar heads or Goatskin?
Post by: Nurahan Nori on May 15, 2015, 04:37:25 PM
Not tried either of them or at the moment I am just learning so it will be only in future where I will have a choice to select, so itís tough for me to decide. Hylian you have only made it more confusing with your view so now itís hard to decide what to do.
Title: Re: Ceramic Doumbek is better with Mylar heads or Goatskin?
Post by: hylian_shieldmaiden on May 15, 2015, 06:34:19 PM
I'd say, since you're just learning, to stick with a metal drum and a mylar head (from the videos I've watched, and trying one in a store myself, the Remo Skyndeep ones sound amazing) for now. When you use fish or goatskin you have to keep warming the skin up while you play. When my dad used to play durbakke in a band in the 80s (metal durbakkes weren't really available back then, especially not here in Canada), he used to have to bring 2 or 3 onto the stage with him, and he used a heat lamp to heat up the drums he wasn't using; then when the drum he was playing got cold, he would switch to one of the others. It can be a bit of a hassle, which is why a lot of professionals these days stick to the mylar heads just because they give a nice sound and don't need to be warmed up.
Title: Re: Ceramic Doumbek is better with Mylar heads or Goatskin?
Post by: dHuGo on May 16, 2015, 04:58:37 AM
I think, this topic is a very theoretical one. - I've never seen a ceramic Doumbek with a synthetic head yet and to do first steps I'd prefer a metal corpus with synthetic skin anyway...

But nevertheless, @hylian, real good information, thank you.