Should I buy this darbuka?
January 25, 2013 7:04 AM Subscribe
I found a used darbuka
on craigslist (yay!) and have been wanting to pick up a hand drum for a while. It's 12" wide and 18" tall according to the ad, and the current owner says he thinks it is made out of aluminum. It has a sticker on it that says "World Beat Percussion" out of Pakistan, and he wants $65 for it, which I can afford. How can I know whether this a good drum at a good price? What am I looking for?
posted by gauche to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total)
I'm finding aluminum darbukas online for between $30 and $200 which leads me to believe there is a wide variance in the quality of aluminum darbukas. What should I be looking for when I try it out? I'll be looking at it on Monday evening.
I have a pretty good ear for tone when I know what I'm listening for, and virtually no experience playing a hand drum. Any advice you can give would be appreciated.