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Remo Key-Tuned Djembes
By Adam Balling
7/10/2015 9:56:00 AM

The Remo Key-Tuned Djembes have taken the percussion world be storm. First and foremost, the correct pronunciation is “GEM-bay”. No need to say the added ‘D’ in the beginning. Now that that is out of the way, djembes have becomes extremely popular not only because of their musical connections to traditional African music, but their influence on popular music today. With the many different sound options you can get from these drums, the musical possibilities are endless.

Everyone from seasoned percussionists, to recreational drummers, to someone first starting to get into drumming has been able to enjoy these drums. The key factor in the success of these drums are their durability. With a synthetic head, synthetic shell, and metal hardware, these drums offer a kind of durability that is not seen in most world percussion drums. This makes these drums extremely popular in the classroom, or in large group settings. They can be transported from school to school, or gig to gig, without the worry about damaging a natural skin head or a wood shell.

One of the other keys that makes these drums so popular are their approachability. If someone is just starting out getting into drumming, hand drums are a fantastic introduction. All you need is your drum and you are off. There are great instructional books, cds, and dvds out there that can get you started, as well as many drum circle, or world drumming clinics all over to help you with your new hobby.

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As in the name, the Remo Key-Tuned Djemebes are able to be tuned up or down using a drum key. Unlike most authentic djembes that use rope tuning, the Remo Key-Tuned djembes feature tension rods the same you would find on any standard drum. Having a key tuned head not only makes it easier to tune your drum, but also easily replace your head when the time comes.

A few of the main features of these drums are the Remo synthetic heads, and synthetic shell. The heads that are available for these drums are the Remo Skyndeep and Fiberskyn heads. Both heads are a synthetic material that will stand up to temperature and humidity changes. These heads are also easily cleaned with any house hold disinfectant if you are using these in a group setting or classroom. The film on these heads is meant to replicate the sound of a natural skyn head, but have a much higher tolerance to weather and playing.  

The shell on these djembes is Remo’s Acousticon material. This material is environmentally friendly and made with 100% recycled wood fibers. Acousticon djembe shells have all of the tone and resonance of solid wood shells but are much lighter. Unlike a wood shell, you do not need to worry about weather or humidity doing any harm to your drum.

So if you are in the market for hand drums for yourself, your group, or your classroom, the Remo Key-Tuned Djembes are a great option to consider!

As always, feel free to contact us at 866-849-4387, or by email at service@percussionsource.com, or live chat with one of us at www.percussionsource.com


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