Q: "I am new to this or I am buying for someone else and I do not know what to buy. I know that a lot of these type of drums are very poorly made - how do I know yours are any good ?"
A: I have been playing these drums for almost 20 years. I have played hundreds of them in my time. I own many drums made by many different makers in my personal collection. I hand pick ALL the drums I have for sale - I refuse any which I would not be happy to use and perform with myself. Some of the drums I have personally picked out in person in Egypt and Turkey, others have come to me by other means. If necessary, I "renovate" drums which I know to be good drums and replace the heads, work on the drum shell as well as refreshing their external appearance, to bring them to their best. All these drums will sound different to each other due to many factors and all you need to do is decide what sound you like and which ones appeal to you visually and what your budget is. If you know what it is you are looking for and are unable to visit me to try them out - I have filmed many of the drums so you can see and hear them. If you are unhappy for any reason with your drum I will refund you the cost of the drum as long as the buyer pays for return postage and the drum is in the same condition as sent.
As I usually only have one example of each drum at any one time, I prefer to create a personalised invoice for each order which will reflect the P+P charges for each order. So there is no option to "Buy It Now"
Payment can be done through PayPal, Bank Transfer or Cheque.
Choose a preferred payment option and then please contact me via the Contact Page to let me know you want the item reserving and how you wish to pay. I will then send you either a personalised Paypal Invoice, the bank details for a transfer of funds or details on where to send a cheque. N.B. orders can only be dispatched once payment has cleared.
Postage is extra to the price of the drum and will vary accordingly, there is no set charge per drum as some are heavy than others and I am not trying to make extra money on the P+P - I will calculate a fair and accurate postage quote for you.
N.B. for orders outside of the U.K. - postage of heavy items like Darabukas can be very expensive adding around £50 - £150 to the total cost, please think seriously if you can afford that before asking me to work out postage costs.
For UK orders; a darabuka is approximately £15.00 per darabuka.
You may arrange to visit me to try out any drum ( I live in North Yorkshire ) - use the Contact Form to discuss this with me.
I have a large collection of drums for performance and recording. From time to time I pass on these drums for sale as I add new ones to my collection. This will be indicated in the description of the drums.
The different materials used to construct the drums often affect the way they sound. I am often asked how certain materials sound in various combinations and so here is my You Tube playlist of all the drums I currently have for sale and all the ones i have previously sold. This will hopefully act as a guide so you can see as well as hear, how the drums sound in all the various combinations of materials.
Click on the playlist icon located at the top left, to browse all the drums.