Currently, the market is overflooded with many darbuka options, and choosing the best among them might sound challenging. So, here's a precise guide for you so you can get your hands on the best darbuka head!
Regular transparent Egyptian skinhead
You can find regular transparent Egyptian skin in most of the Darbuka we bring from Egypt. This plastic skin is available in two thicknesses: 0.3 millimeters and 0.6 millimeters.
Pros of using an Egyptian skin
When the skin becomes slack because of several drumming sessions, you will always have the option to shut the pegs around the ring a little further (in case you didn't close the ring until the very end) and stretch the skin even more.
Cons of using Egyptian skin
This skin erodes faster than other skins; thus, drummers who use their drums must change it more frequently. Another concern is that, since the plastic is thin, any scratches or dirt on it are pretty visible.
Even though the scratches or dust will not impact the instrument's sound, you may still use a wet towel to clean it as thoroughly as possible. The clear Egyptian skin delivers excellent "Doom" strokes.
Power Beat skinhead
Power beat is one of our favorite darbuka skins composed of high-quality plastic and measures 0.8 millimeters in thickness. The ring around the skin is much more durable and precise than Egyptian translucent skin but less flexible (something that makes the installation more complicated)
Pros of using power beat skin
Power Beat is one of the most beautiful-looking darbuka heads. It is one of the most long-lasting darbuka heads that maintain the instrument's tune and equilibrium. The best part is you won't have to change the skin as often, and you may select between three distinct colors- Black, white, and Transparent.
Cons of using power-beat skin
Sometimes, you might find installing challenging. Due to the intense pressure exerted on the pegs and the darbuka ring during the installation procedure, inexperienced players often tear the skin or cause damage to the darbuka ring or pegs. However, you might find tuning the power beat kin challenging as it remains overstretched right after installation.
Power beat heads can be your best choice if you are looking for the best darbuka sound! Due to their thickness, the "Tack" and "Slap" strokes sound very precise and flawless. The more you use it, the more you play it, and the sound of the power beat will be even better. With proper tuning, it will resemble the Turkish treble sound.
Remo Fiber Skin head
Are you looking for the best of the best darbuka skin? Remo can be the best of your options! Just like the Power beat skin, its thickness is 0.8 millimeters. When choosing the Remo fiber head, most people pick the brown version, the classic Fish skinhead. The best part about Remo Fiber skin is that it has a crisper sound and deep bass compared to the power-beat skin. However, not all darbuka players are receptive to this sound, so we advise practicing on other darbuka skins before purchasing a Remo fiber skin.
Pros of Remo's drum head
Remo skin's benefits include its distinctive tone, which adds something new to the song. When we tune it on our darbukas, it sounds incredible, and the brown fish pattern gives the instrument a rich, attractive appearance.
Cons of Remo drum head
One of the most significant drawbacks of using a Remo head is that tuning it might be extremely challenging if you are starting.
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