Hey there Darbuka players, hope you are all playing alot of nice gigs and enjoying whatever darbuka you own.
Last week i wrote a review on the Remo darbuka- doumbek and gave it a real big thumbs up;-) And why wouldn’t i!? They are great drums with a super tone! I play the 9″ and the 10″ weighted soloist
I have noticed one small fault though: weak rim quality.
I saw this on a sudents darbuka last year. She had no idea until i broke her heart by pointing it out that the rim on her darbuka had cracked! Ouch!(
Had she dropped it? Knocked it over? Maybe it got knocked around a little whilst driving? None of the above she assured me. It wasn’t until a couple of days ago that i actually believed her. Why? Becouse mine had done the same thing. Yes, it brings a tear to every darbuka players eye i am sure. It still plays fine but for how long and with what tuning problems i am yet to know.
The rim cracking problem will be from the tunning nut and will run across the rim to the skin and back to the drum body itself. It can be a crack of around an inch. It is not from over tuning because i keep mine tuned low and have heaps of space for extra cranking. Bit of a shame really and could be a hassle if you are on the road touring and need a new rim fast? Does anyone know how much a replacement darbuka rim would cost? Having a replacement skin makes sense but a rim seems very excessive.
Just thought i should share that with you all. If you are considering one of the Remo darbuka’s i’m sure you will be more than happy. But, treat it as though it is a ceramic darbuka and not a tank!
Enjoy your drumming! Matt from Fingers of Fury