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Hey Darbukafolas,

I repair ceramic doumbeks on a regular basis, mostly replacing blown out drum heads.  Over the years I've used a great variety of techniques for tensioning and attaching the skin onto the shell.

This is one technique.



This is another.



And yet another.



Nowadays, I tend to forego any type of rope system and use a press to tension and attach the skin onto a doumbek.  With any rope system I've tried, there comes a point at which the skin will begin to tear where the rope passes through the skin.  The skin can tear with the press as well, but not before I've pulled the skin tighter than with any rope system.

Here's one example of a skin mounted with a press.



I've used skirted skins as well - skins that have a skirt of fabric sewn onto them- and these can work well, but I've had them tear on me also.

Any drum makers out there with an opinion on the best way to mount a skin on a daruka?

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Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Fish Skin
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:38:27 PM »
Hey Folks,

I prefer fish skin for doumbeks.  Goat skin sounds great and synthetic skins can be cranked way up plus have other advantages, but I prefer fish skin.  I also love it on riqs and would love to try it on other drums.

The problem is that, for years now, it's been very difficult to get a hold of in the US.  No one is importing it.  With great time and effort, I can sometimes get a couple of pieces from someone who's visited the Middle East and brought some home with them.  I would love a reliable source.
 
Does anyone know of a reliable source in the US?  Does anyone live in the Middle East and might be interested in exporting to the US?  Anything along those lines would be great news to me.

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Introduce Yourself / Belated Happy To Be Here
« on: June 18, 2017, 04:23:13 PM »
Greetings,

I actually joined quite some time ago, but haven't returned until now.  I expect to drop in much more often from now on.

Being a drum maker and big fan of Middle Eastern music, in particular the drumming, I hope to soak up much knowledge and insight from all the experts hanging out here.  That's the main reason I joined in the first place - to learn and expand my knowledge.

But I'm also happy to share what knowledge and understanding I've gained from years of being around drums and drummers.  I hope that whatever contribution I can offer will be of use to you.

Thank you for having me.

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