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panny

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Do mother of pearl doumbeks sound better?
« on: May 25, 2015, 06:47:31 AM »
Does mother of pearl doumbek sound better over a regular doumbek with no pearl?
Do the pearls effect the sound or is it only a decoration thing?

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Re: Do mother of pearl doumbeks sound better?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2015, 11:23:28 AM »
They're just a decoration, they have no effect on the sound :)

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Re: Do mother of pearl doumbeks sound better?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2015, 03:06:10 AM »
I'd say „maybe” on this topic. - Physically sound depends a lot of the inner surface, shape and material of the body, outside is right for show. ;-) Mother of pearl darbukas are much more expensive than simple ones on the other side. Musicians wouldn't buy such an instrument with bad sounds - it must be handcrafted with a lot of special know how and with care. That makes the difference…


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Re: Do mother of pearl doumbeks sound better?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2015, 04:50:55 AM »
Well we will say definitely!

There are many parameters which will effect the sound of the darbuka such as quality and thickness of the aluminum and the skin type.
In case both of them are high, once you will remove the mother of pearl layer, the sound will totally changed.

The mother of pearl layer adds to the darbuka a lot of weight. The weight effect the sound and makes it much more stronger and sharp depending the darbuka structure.
Some professional makers who don't know how to work with mother of pearls, make the structure of the darbuka with 2, 3 layers of aluminum in order to imitate the sound of a darbuka with pearls.

So do mother of pearl is the only factor effecting the sound? No
Will mother of pearls improve the sound while all the other factors are high quality? definitely yes!



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Re: Do mother of pearl doumbeks sound better?
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2015, 01:52:26 PM »
Really!? - I can't believe it.

If you were right, there should be a remarkable difference in sounds between these two samples:




Two drums with same size and shape and an identical skin too; same video set (have a look at the background) … and the same Bari not least … ;)

It maybe within my equipment, but I won't hear it different.

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Re: Do mother of pearl doumbeks sound better?
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2015, 02:51:41 AM »
Hey
Since we build our aluminum darbuka with extra layer of aluminum (Weight: 4.5 K"g. (9.9 lbs)) , even the one with no mother of pearls sounds great!
Once we add the mother of pearl layer, the sound is superb... ;)

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Re: Do mother of pearl doumbeks sound better?
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2015, 08:36:34 AM »
It is the weight that makes all the difference, that and the thickness of the walls. I wish i had actually bought one of the plain darbukas mentioned in this thread as my beginner darbuka back when i started. At the time i bought a Meinl which has very thin walls and is very lightweight. At least even the plain ones here have a significant heft to them. When i got a MOP darbuka i instantly noticed the differences, and how much the weight and thickness of it affected the sound quality. Now i hardly ever pick up my Meinl, it sounds a bit tinny in comparison...