Cow skin! We have not had one of these in a while... in fact, it is the first Senegal shell we have hooked up with cow skin. At present it has a semi-wet sound response, meaning very full bass, super strong, punchy, low tones, and thick slaps that have that cow-skin bite. With some additional tuning this drum will come up to a semi-dry sound, perfect as a lead djembe and fast playing. The shell is simple Senegal style with a longer bowl and ultra flared base. As is typical with Senegal djembes, the hard Dugura wood is dry carved and a bit rough on the inside, providing a sound full of character. Comes Along with a money back guarantee, this custom professional djembe features:
- Specifications of this Custom Professional Senegal Cow Skin Djembe #186:
- Total Outer Diameter - Including Outer Rings: 14.75in
- Wood Bearing Edge Diameter: 13.25in
- Total Height: 24.25in
- Base Diameter: 10.75in
- Weight: 19.5lbs
- Carved from one piece of solid, dark Dugara hardwood by skilled cultural artisans using traditional methods.
- Wood seasoned and handcarved in Senegal, West Africa, hydrated with lots of karite (shea butter) and coconut oil, sealed on the outside with a tasteful layer of lacquer
- Thin cow skin from Ivory Coast, wet shaved and hydrated with a bit of shea butter
- 5mm purple mix low-stretch drum rope for the 30 pairs of vertical ropes, first row of tuning started
- 4mm black drum rope for top rings and bottom loops, single hitch loop pattern on bottom ring
- Cotton cloth used to wrap bottom and top rings, including flesh hoop to prevent rust damage to skin
- Extra tuning rope included, wrapped around neck for storage
- All 1/4 in. rings custom fitted very tight, locking in the tension, making sound more even
- Ledge carved for bottom ring, keeping tension uniform
- High durometer black rubber pad permanently fixed to the bottom edge, for wood protection and playing comfort
- Professionally shaped bearing edge, curved and angled for maximum comfort and ease of sound
- Simple geometric carving style covers the bottom third of the base.
- The pictures above are of the EXACT DRUM described above, not just an example; once purchased, we remove it from the website
This djembe shell was imported by Djembe Direct and custom built by Kaz Speirs for our drum workshop in Salt Lake City, UT. Kaz has built hundreds of djembes over many years, which are being played today by professional musicians all over the world.