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Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Darbuka newbie - *Mod: Buy a Darbuka
« on: December 28, 2018, 07:27:58 AM »
Hello and thanks for the welcome, dHuGo!!

So many questions for sure, but I would like to start with a general instrument question.  The instrument I just received is a Toca Freestyle doumbek (which I have yet to determine the difference between doumbek and darbuka terminology) with a stated 9” head, though actual exposed measurement is 8.5”.  It has a fiberglass body and seems quite durable for travel and outdoor play.  However, the shape of the drum body is more “bowl” shaped and not “martini glass” shaped.  I am finding the drum does not sit well in my lap and I suspect this might be from the body shape.

Now, this Toca drum is not an expensive instrument at all and can be had for around $80 USD - however it certainly is letting me develope my Doum, Tek, and ka rhythms.  The Slap is still a bit tricky for me but it is getting better.  Nonetheless, I would like to get another drum but funds are always an issue especially right after the holiday.

I am consider one of the martini glass options from Meinl.  I see both aluminum and copper offerings for not too much $$$.  I am seeing from $120 ~ $160 ish USD.  Are these good drums to continue with?  Is there something better I should consider?  What should I be looking for?  Though I am a long time percussionist, I am more so with sticks and brushes and less so with hands.


Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Darbuka newbie - *Mod: Buy a Darbuka
« on: December 27, 2018, 05:39:56 PM »
Hello all!  I just wanted to check in to say hello and see if this forum was still relatively active.  I am a new darbuka player (long time percussionist), hoping to find a community to learn from and share with.  Thanks!

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