Greetings Basement denizens and visitors. I have a couple of newish drums that I need to turn you on to. The first is a beautiful dundunba from Dancing Drums. This is a West African drum that is the lowest member of a trio of drums that are traditionally played together. I started with the big one first and might add the smaller ones (sangban and kenkeni) later when I save up some dough.
At first I was a bit concerned that the pitch on this one was too high and the sticks that came with it weren’t helping. I found a small wood bass drum stick wrapped in moleskin that sounds great – the low end comes out nicely that way.