Sandpoint – Did You Know…
WE DO HAND DRUM TUNING!
We undertake tuning and repairs on most natural-skin rope-tuned hand drums.
Rope tuned hand drum tuning $25, providing the drum, ropes, rings and head are in good shape.
Over 10 years of experience.
For professional-quality detail and craftsmanship, trust your drum to our care!
Read on for some fascinating information about drum tuning.
Will I need to tune my hand drum?
If the head of your hand drum is made from goat skin, the pitch will change with changes in humidity. I don’t think these slight changes in pitch should cause you to tune up the drum. Your drum should maintain its pitch without you needing to constantly tune it. As you advance and develop an ear or preference for a particular sound, you may want to experiment with different tunings.
How do I know when my drum is in tune? What should I listen for?
Listen for open, deep bass tones and a nice sharp crack when slapped. Look for a drum that’s easy for you to play. You should not have to use a full force blow to extract a nice tone. The drum should sound good or respond at all volume levels. The tone should have a nice sustain without strange overtones or pitch shifts/bends. If you do encounter these symptoms, they can usually be corrected with tuning. They can also be the result of a poor quality head or an uneven bearing edge.
Should I get a drum with a rope or a mechanical tuning system?
Some drums are tuned with rope and others with mechanical systems. I prefer drums with rope tuning systems. Rope tuning systems are more authentic and tend to sound richer and more full bodied. Mechanical systems are easy to tune but often sound thinner.
Rope systems are usually associated with goat skin heads while mechanical systems are associated with plastic heads.
It’s not hard to tune a drum but it does require some strength. A rope puller is a great device!
The best ever tool for tightening the ropes on your Djembe only $20.
“The spirit of the drum is something that you feel but cannot put your hands on,
It does something to you from the inside out.
It hits people in so many different ways.
But the feeling is one that is satisfying and joyful.
It is a feeling that makes you say to yourself,
I’m glad to be alive today! I’m glad to be part of this world!”
—Babatunde Olatunji— 1927-2003
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