These advanced level Wula drums from Guinea are part of the Standard series, offering excellent sound quality with hand selected hardwood and a top rate hook up. Wula is widely known among professional djembe drummers as producing some of the best quality shells in the world. If you are looking for a drum that can perform in the studio, on stage, or for teaching classes, the Wula Standard will not disappoint. The sound response is high and semi-dry with clean, crisp slaps, low, even open tones, and big bass. Every drum we sell from our drum shop is put on our rope puller and custom tuned before shipping, ensuring that it is play-ready right out of the box. Along with a money back guarantee, our professional Wula Standard djembes feature:
Carved from one piece of solid Lenke, Hare, or Acajou hardwood by skilled Guinean cultural artisans using traditional methods.
Wood seasoned and handcarved in Guinea, West Africa, hydrated with shea butter sealed with a special blend of hardening oils to prevent cracking
Thick goat skin from Guinea, wet shaved and finished with skin-over technique
5mm low-stretch drum rope for the 30-32 pairs of vertical ropes, first row of tuning started. Rope colors vary.
4mm low-stretch drum rope for top and bottom rings, double hitch loop pattern on bottom ring. Rope colors vary.
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, locking in the tension, making sound more even
High durometer black rubber pad installed on the bottom edge, for wood protection and playing comfort
Carefully hand shaped bearing edge for even sound
Extensive geometric carving style covers one half to full height of the base.
The pictures above are representative of the drums we have in stock, ready to ship. All drums will match the written description, and will be very similar to those shown in pictures above.
- General Size Specifications:
- Total Outer Diameter - Including Outer Rings: 14-15.5in
- Wood Bearing Edge Diameter: 12.75-13.75in
- Total Height: 24-25in
- Base Diameter: 10-11in
- Weight: 15-20lbs
This djembe was built at the Wula drum factory in Conakry, Guinea, and imported by Djembe Direct, where each drum is inspected, tuned, played, and carefully packed before shipping to you.
If you are comparing the Wula Cosa series to the Wula Standard Series, the main differences are wood selection, decorative carvings, and size: Wood quality will be one notch lower in Cosa vs. Standard, with allowance for more minor wood repairs, knots, and sapwood to heartwood transitions. The Cosa djembes are 11.75-12.5in bearing edge outside diameter, with Standard djembes being 12.5-13.75in. Standards have more detailed carvings that cover more of the base than the Cosas. We are not offering individual drum selection from our inventory at this time, except you may request a specific wood type, such as Lenke, Hare, or Acajou.