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Doumbek / Darbuka => Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons => Topic started by: MATOUK on March 19, 2019, 10:47:09 PM

Title: repalcement Darbuka skin
Post by: MATOUK on March 19, 2019, 10:47:09 PM
i have an 8.5 and 9.5 Darbuka from Syria from my grandma
i need to get a replacement skin for them, what is the correct size,
are synthetics as good as skins. the last time i replaced the skins i used shark skin

does anyone know of a reliable place to purchase the skins

thanks
Title: Re: repalcement Darbuka skin
Post by: dHuGo on March 20, 2019, 08:25:54 AM
Hi MATOUK,
I wonder what's wrong with the shark skins you already have...?!

Commonly synthetics is used with a screwed tuning system. Those skins have a metallen ring, wich inner and outer diameters should fit to the plates and screws around drum head. I've never seen a synthetic skin tied on the drum with rope. Unfortunately the material is stretching and needs an equal tension in all directions - hence it's fitted with the hard equalizing ring.

Natural fish skin seems to be pretty rare these days - i.e., please look our topic
Fish Skin (http://forum.arabinstruments.com/doumbek-advice-tips-questions-lessons/fish-skin)

Title: Re: repalcement Darbuka skin
Post by: bsfloyd on March 21, 2019, 05:17:23 PM
Hello MATOUK - welcome to the forums!!

My Toca darbuka is advertised as coming with a goat skin head.  So while not fish skin, it is still not synthetic neither.  I would imagine the goat skin may be a bit more durable and pliable than fish skin.  It is the type that uses the collar ring system and not the tied method.

But, I do not know much at all about fish skin heads.  However, Remo makes a synthetic replica of fish skin that may be of interest to you.  I do not itís sound quality, but I read many players like them.

Title: Re: repalcement Darbuka skin
Post by: MATOUK on April 07, 2019, 01:32:32 PM
I am happy to say I had much success in replacing my Darbuka skin.
I received it from Hawkdancing Studio through Amazon. I ordered the 14" even though the Darbukas are 8.5 and 9.5" each.
Title: Re: repalcement Darbuka skin
Post by: dHuGo on April 07, 2019, 02:40:44 PM
Nice work!  :)
Title: Re: repalcement Darbuka skin
Post by: bsfloyd on April 08, 2019, 05:08:17 PM
Congrats!!