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My Drum Collection 8



After I learned of their existence, I waited 25 years to get my chance to play a Japanese taiko drum. Now I own one! This formidable drum was made in China. It has a hardwood shell, 2 thick cowhide heads (each tuned to a different pitch), and bronze hardware. It feels and sounds incredible to play.



These big plastic tubes are called "BoomWhackers". (Isn't that what Australians call their bomb squads?) They are tuned to specific pitches and you can hear distinct notes when you whack them! Whack several at once and you can make chords! The ones on the right are whole notes (Do-Re-Mi etc.) The ones on the left are the sharps and flats...the black keys on the piano...the Pentatonic scale. BoomWhackers have end caps you can put on them which lower the note by one octave. Is this fascinating stuff, or what? Well...I'm into it.



Here we have a fun assortment of interesting percussion. Clockwise from the top left is a solid rosewood log drum...what a sound! Next to that is a stir drum (you place a stick in the center and...stir!) At the lower right is a monkey drum and next to that is a thing with three things on it that you hit. ;-)
I'll bet you're thinking..."How did this guy become such a vast storehouse of percussive knowledge?"



One of my finds of the year was this beautiful set of Meinl Bongos. They have solid mahogany shells...not staves...and buffalo skin heads. Would you believe that these bongos carry a list price of $269.00?? I found these used...without a single scratch on them...no evidence of them even having been played...for less than $50.00! They are just the best sounding bongos I've ever owned or heard.



Here is a small Djun-Djun called a Brekete Drum. Legend has it that Pygmie tribes use drums like these to scare off flies and mosquitos which might otherwise carry them away to unspeakable places. The African kente cloth makes this one of the most attractive African drums I own.



This is a very unusual doumbek made by Toca. It has a black fiberglass body with heavy-duty chrome hardware and a mylar head. It has a very modern, high-tech look to it. So many different materials have been used to make doumbeks over the centuries ...wood, ceramic, brass, copper, aluminum, clay, even volcanic ash! Whoever designed this drum, managed to create an original!


My Drum Collection 9

Song: Drumpage 8