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Introduce Yourself / Don't stop practising - Why!? - Look here!!!
« on: February 28, 2017, 01:37:05 PM »

Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Re: Doumbek Sheet Music
« on: January 18, 2017, 11:12:44 PM »
Interesting idea - are you looking for something especial?! - I'm afraid there is a lag with sheet music for percussions at all. I found only some sheets with arrangements of world rhythms for Djembe - years ago - and I'm not sure, it's active now...

For (middle) eastern percussions you may find some links, giving an overview on basic patterns with some common variations. What's your level? - Let me think it over.

Most I'd like to share and discuss some ideas directly here in our forum. What do you think about?

Hi, I guess those numbers are marks that you can mount the ring (rim) with same orientation, you removed it. Darbuka drumhead is built preciously, so I would recommend to be careful with all screws - and put every screw back into same hole after unscrewing for changing head.

1. Note, there is a gap between rim and body. Mounting new head first take care to level this gap all around the drum by screwing in all pairs of opposite screws without tension. When thing is coming to force and the head isn't levelled that direction, unscrew the opposite one! - After the head is levelled all screws are in a point you need force up to screw it further.

2. Now start screwing screw by screw but only one turn each, continue clockwise around the rim. Don't forget which screw was first one and do it until whole cycle is finished several times. Look wether head stays levelled under tension. Stop then and let the new skin stretch for some hours.

3. Before continuing look around head correcting the level by unscrewing one of opposites when needed. Then continue like step 2. Don't hurry! Stretching new skin may last one, two or three days depending of skin type or fabricate. Stretching procedure ends at least, when skin surface and rim are on the same level.
Let the drum rest another day before tuning skin.

4. Loosen fresh stretched skin before tuning. Unscrew screws same way like in step 2. Strike "Dum" for test after each cycle. Stop unscrewing when sound becomes weak. Start only now to tune the drum head.

5. Tuning drumhead is by screwing all opposite pairs slightly. You may do 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 , 1/6 up to 1/12 turns regarding orientation of each screwhead - same step with all screws every time. After each cycle proof the "Dum" sound until it is fully strong with a long delay as possible. After you found that, continue with fine tuning until the "Tekka" comes sound enough. When the "Dum" stays strong now, it might be the lucky end. If you lost it, you need to loosen the skin again, until you find a good compromise for "Dum" and "Tek" sounds that may fit your wishes.

6. Synthetic skin stretches all life time. So it needs to do step 5. time by time again for service and best sounds.

Good luck!

It seems skin was replaced by a new one.
Looking shape, decor - and white paint at the inner side - it reminds me the Syrian Darbuka I tried (before buying an Arab Instruments New Generation).

That's all I may tell you about the pic. Enjoy and good luck!

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Buy a Nay
« on: October 25, 2016, 09:48:39 AM »
Few weeks later I found a online shop driven by an Egyptian guy who is creating  their own Nays and Kavalas. His name is Marwan Hassan and he is living just 40 min away from my home.    Unfortunately no English version with Marwans web page   :'(

Thank you, ol2tmx. That's good news!
Greetings from Munich.

Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Re: Old Darbuka Polish
« on: February 20, 2016, 01:26:06 PM »
Forget the tomato paste (and the ketchup too)... - I tested it with some old piece of aluminium - there's absolutely no result. So we can see that it's the vinegar in  ketchup cleaning metal surface.

It's an acidic reaction, I wouldn't recommend that with a darbuka body at all.

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Drum lover's video album
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:54:23 AM »
Middle-Eastern hand drum video album. (

That link doesn't work...  :(

Buy & Sell Darbuka / Re: Need Alexandria!
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:50:11 AM »
Sorry Arab Instruments Shop doesn't offer any Alexandria Doumbeks. - Look Bavly Music or Music Outfitters instead!
(I found it via Google).

...or try it on eBay

Good luck!


This is how the copper darbuka sounds:

And this is how the aluminium one sounds:

Thank you, those sound samples are great. - But pay attention:
The aluminium darbuka (Meinl HE-114 8" x 14 1/2") comes with synthetic head - the other one, made of (Meinl HE-205 7 7/8" x 15 1/2"), is with goat skin.

That makes a difference too.

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Looking for Good Doumbek to use easily!!!
« on: January 28, 2016, 07:42:14 PM »
For anyone that could be a new comers to such type of drum, your physique is typically produced with ceramic pottery, machined lightweight aluminum, or possibly birdwatcher. :) :)

Hi, I thought, a bird watcher is a man watching birds!?! - Here it looks like to be some material of drum shell, isn't it?

Can someone explain it to me, what does that "birdwatcher" actually means???! - Maybe some translation via Google into English - than post the original term please?!

but it really turned to become alloy along with birdwatcher.
tend to be stitched on the birdwatcher along with alloy darbukas

Hi, I thought, a bird watcher is a man watching birds!?! - Here it looks like to be some type of alloy, isn't it?

Can someone explain it to me, what does that "birdwatcher" actually means???! - Maybe some translation via Google into English - than post the original term please?!

Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Re: Old Darbuka Polish
« on: January 26, 2016, 02:35:48 PM »
There is another interesting idea to clean up aluminium (kitchen utilities):
Use tomato ketchup instead the tooth paste. - It should be less abrasive but, be careful, surely it's more acidic.
(source: cleanipedia: Aluminium polieren und reinigen)

I'd try it with dried concentrated tomato paste only, wich you can buy in tubes.

Do the same washing, drying and conserving procedures thereafter - but I don't know, does it really make sense or not

Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Re: Old Darbuka Polish
« on: January 26, 2016, 01:13:55 PM »
At the end, wash it up with a lot of warm water and some drops of dish soap within.
Use a hairdryer thereafter.

For finishing Id use WD-40 spraying it overall the whole shell:
WD-40 liquid was developed for cleaning and protecting of various surfaces in space units. - Theres a lot of aluminium and its alloys in those technical equipment and further with high standards of physical and chemical stability and durability.

The WD-40 will form a film and displace the moisture on the metal surface, even in micro cracks too.

Personally me I put WD-40 on my Turkish beauty (at my avatar the left one). But I sprayed it on the outer surface only to prevent oxidation of the bright parts:
Because aluminium oxide is much harder then poor aluminium, I hope for better sounds by time with a lot of new patina inside the drum.

You already have an old drum, so you may don't touch the inner side, I'd recommend you. - And please tell us, what did you do and what is the result of your work!
Good luck!

Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Re: Old Darbuka Polish
« on: January 26, 2016, 01:09:28 PM »
Let me tell about my grandma:
She sweared to know the best way for cleansing up our table silver - using some common tooth paste and a soft flannel cloth to polish it with smooth circular motions. - Ive seen it with my own eyes: It really works with silver to get it bright and shiny.
Some of its patina remains in the deep of relief what improves appearance of surface ornaments. The only thing: Silver is a hard metal against aluminium is very soft
( :o cleanipedia: What Products Can I Use When Cleaning Silver?)

So what, we use the paste to clean, whiten and polish our teeth and to avoid acidic reactions, what may harm its enamel.
Though, if I had the problem with an old aluminium shell to clean, I would try that method of my grandma first and - of course beginning somewhere on a little spot at the edge of the lower part of the body. You can see then, whether it works, what happens with metal surface and how do you like the finish and if yes, go so on. - And you may proof several products and take your best choice.
Use tooth paste without additional water as dry as possible - that prevents ingress of water into said micro cracks. The cloth you need should be very soft: Id do it with chamois leather. For heavily soiled spots Id try it very gently with a Scotch Brite or at least with some of that kind of cotton cloth used for body peeling in Hamam

All these tips are not approved, so you shall do it on your own risk.

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