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Hello all,

I have bought a Turkish oud. Very well made instruments. However I'm finding that the strings have very low tension as a result of the tuned down to Arabic scale. How do I solve this problem? is there a specific type of strings that I should be looking for? this is causing all the strings to buzz and this is natural if the tension is low.

I appreciate you answers. thanks all.  8)

Buy & Sell Darbuka / Should I buy this darbuka?
« on: October 29, 2015, 04:03:26 PM »
I found a used darbuka and have been wanting to pick up a hand drum for a while. It's 12" wide and 18" tall according to the ad, and the current owner says he thinks it is made out of aluminum. It has a sticker on it that says "World Beat Percussion" out of Pakistan, and he wants $100 for it, which I can afford. How can I know whether this a good drum at a good price? What am I looking for?

I'm finding aluminum darbukas online for between $100 and $200 which leads me to believe there is a wide variance in the quality of aluminum darbukas. What should I be looking for when I try it out? I'll be looking at it on Monday evening.

I have a pretty good ear for tone when I know what I'm listening for, and virtually no experience playing a hand drum. Any advice you can give would be appreciated.

Thank you!

Hello fellow drummers,

About two months ago I decided I would try to spend 1-2 hours a day practicing in an effort to improve my drum playing. I would consider myself an intermediate level drummer and I have mainly been looking to improve syncopation, build better limb independence and work on my dynamics.

Unfortunately, I recently moved and for the sake of my neighbors, I can no longer play on my acoustic drum set.

Currently I have been using a pillow to practice rudiments and build hand speed and while I am sure this is partly beneficial, I was hoping for a more permanent solution.

The two main solutions I have considered are either purchasing an electric drum set or getting remo ‘silent stroke’ drumheads and equivalent cymbals.

Before I go out and buy something, I was wondering what these forums thought would be the most beneficial solution--I am open to any an all ideas.

Thanks in advance!

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