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spinny

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How long does it take to build a ceramic darbuka?
« on: March 16, 2015, 08:42:16 AM »
I don't think I will ever be able to build one myself, but just out of curiosity, how long does it take to build one darbuka? The ceramic kind, I know those are the best.


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MisterK007

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Re: How long does it take to build a ceramic darbuka?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 07:18:13 AM »
It should take anywhere between 3-4 months and half a year. I guess it depends on some factors too, like the materials you use and how handy you are. But I wouldn't suggest building darbukas yourself, there are plenty of experts who know what they're doing so, yeah, it's better if you just buy them.
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Sarfaraz Khan

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Re: How long does it take to build a ceramic darbuka?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2015, 05:40:07 AM »
I donít think there is any fixed time, it can be done in 2-3 months, but if there is very special one then it can take even 6-8 months, but now a days we are seeing most Darbuka been completed within 3 months, so the only difference is the quality that gets lowered.

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Re: How long does it take to build a ceramic darbuka?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2015, 04:31:33 PM »
My grandfather made a really terrific Darbuka my himself as he used to really enjoy these things and he used to love handmade Darbuka, I still remember him taking around 14-16 months to create just one, but I must say it was worth the time, it was absolute classic!

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Re: How long does it take to build a ceramic darbuka?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2015, 03:50:03 PM »
There is really no certainty as how long it can take, it is often taking longer if the guy is professional because building a good Darbuka take time, but now a days itís done way too quickly which is why we see quality getting so much low, so I believe itís better to wait then compromise on quality.

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Re: How long does it take to build a ceramic darbuka?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2015, 06:22:45 AM »
Frankly speaking I have never seen how a Ceramic Darbuka is build, so itís tough to say how long it can take. I would like to know more things and thatís whether these Darbuka are handmade? I believe itís seriously tough to do that.

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Re: How long does it take to build a ceramic darbuka?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2015, 01:02:21 PM »
A normal work shop takes 5-6 months to build a Darbuka, but if we want to in a special way then it can take long time according to the request, as there some players who regularly ask to build it by orders due to their special requirements.

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Re: How long does it take to build a ceramic darbuka?
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2015, 05:14:34 AM »
I am not any master in this but I have hobby of doing it, I tried to build one myself by watching certain videos on Youtube, I was not exactly successful but still I made a very decent one and it took around 4-5 months.

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Re: How long does it take to build a ceramic darbuka?
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2015, 08:10:12 AM »
I hope no one minds me asking, particularly those who do make ceramic darbukas. I am an artist and i work in ceramics, i have been making clay wind instruments for a number of years now. Since starting playing the darbuka naturally the process of making ceramic darbukas (and ceramic drums in general) has piqued my curiosity. Because you are dealing with a significantly large clay vessel with what i assume must have quite thick clay walls, do you slow the drying time over a few months to ensure no cracking/warping occurs in the vessel? The instruments i make are very small in comparison to the darbuka, but i do wonder if larger vessels are more susceptible to problems during drying and therefore need a long time to dry slowlyÖ?