Author Topic: Darbuka with 4 tuning bolts?  (Read 2215 times)

spinny

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Darbuka with 4 tuning bolts?
« on: March 16, 2015, 08:29:58 AM »
Did you guys know that one of the best darbuka players ever actually prefers the darbuka model with only 4 tuning bolts? It's amazing, if you think about it! I thought the best ones come with 6 or 8!


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MisterK007

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Re: Darbuka with 4 tuning bolts?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 07:19:11 AM »
Hey spinny :) Who is this "one of the best darbuka players ever" you talk about?
Also, what's a tuning bolt, can you explain it please?
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Sarfaraz Khan

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Re: Darbuka with 4 tuning bolts?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2015, 05:35:51 AM »
Yes, you are right mate we should at least know who he is talking about, as I personally believe that Darbuka with 6 tuning bolts is the best, as itís much more comfortable to me while others might have their own choice.

Saqeef Khan

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Re: Darbuka with 4 tuning bolts?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2015, 06:12:33 AM »
I am not all too sure about Darbuka with 4 tuning bolts because I have mostly seen 6 bolts, as my friends also have like that, so I do like to know whether itís really better or does it even make a difference as how many tuning bolts we have?

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Re: Darbuka with 4 tuning bolts?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2015, 10:50:30 AM »
From what I've heard listening to various durbakke videos online, and trying various durbakkes in person, the ones with only 4 tuning bolts usually sound worse than ones with 6 or 8. They also usually look pretty cheap and unprofessional, in my opinion. Having only 4 tuning bolts, there's bigger spaces in between the bolts than on durbakkes with 6 or 8 bolts, which usually leaves these spots where the drum skin/head is too loose and makes the drum sound kind of flat and blah. With more tuning bolts, you can tighten the skin/head more evenly and get a better sound that pops more.

@ MisterK007: The tuning bolts are the bolts/screws at the top of the durbakke (the metal kind) used to hold the drum head/skin onto the drum, and to tighten and tune the skin/head :)

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Re: Darbuka with 4 tuning bolts?
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2015, 09:14:25 AM »
Itís fine in doing this but if you have choice to go with 6 or 8 tuning bolts then definitely go with that, as itís much better sounding, but if you are in a situation where you have to use 4 then itís useable but definitely not great.