Djembe Review: Remo Percussion Djembes

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Remo Percussion

Remo Percussion is most famous for their synthetic drum heads, but are arguably the most popular commercial djembe manufacturer as well. They carry essentially 5 lines of djembes, each with unique features. The lines include: Key-Tuned Djembes, Festiveal Series Djembes, Rope Tuned Djembes, Signature Series Djembes, and Floating Ring Djembes. All of their djembe drums are completely synthetic, and feature various types of  'Acousticon' shell materials with complex polymer heads.

This modern approach to the djembe has been extremely successful for Remo, as the end products produce a satisfying range of sounds from high slaps to deep bass tones. The durable and lightweight 'Acousticon' shells deliver excellent projection, and in combination with synthetic heads Remo djembes are unaffected by weather conditions. These drums are also vegetarian/vegan friendly. Also, a heavy-duty rubber bottom protects the shells from ground impact, and the wide selection of cotton print fabric finishes provide great visuals across the different drum lines. Though these drums offer a very different sound than traditional djembes, they are an excellent option for the modern hand drummer. (All Remo products are manufactured in the USA.)

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~Here is a breakdown of Remo's Djembe Lines:

                    Key-Tuned Djembes:  The Key-Tuned Series Djembes are the most popular in Remo's offering. This category includes the Designer Series Djembes, with the only difference being the addition of a graphic to the head of the djembe. As you can see in the image above, these drums offer an easy yet sturdy key-tuning system, alleviating the woes of the traditional rope-tuning method. The shape of the drum roughly follows a traditional form, which makes it possible to create the tones you would expect from a djembe drum. The Key-Tuned Djembes have had great success as the most 'user friendly' commercial djembe in the world. With features like portability, tunability, durability, and playability, it’s no wonder why it has become the choice for thousands of professional and recreational drummers. The djembe sizes range from 10" x 24" all the way up to 18" x 28", and are priced in the $150 - $300 range.
               -Below is a product video to give you a taste of what these djembes are like:

                   Signature Series Djembes:  Curently there are two models available in the Signature Series. The first are the Paulo Mattioli Djembes, which are the highest end of the Remo spectrum, and offer the most authentic sounds possible from a synthetic djembe drum. The shell is shaped more traditionally than the Key-Tuned Djembes, and the addition of a routed bearing edge and the innovative Nuskyn head creates warm goat-like tones (whereas the Fiberskyn and Skyndeep heads on the Key-Tuned drums create a brighter and ringier sound). This model features an inline tuning stystem to keep your djembe nice and tight. It is available in a 13" and 14" model, and costs from $350 - $400. If you are looking for a traditional sound and feel from a modern synthetic drum, then this is the best option on the market. Below you can hear this djembe in action:
                                                  (warning: the player is a bit eccentric...)

The 2nd Signature Series Djembe is the Leon Mobely model. This is basically a custom Key-Tuned Djembe that has been made to Leon Mobley's artistic specifications. It comes in the same sizes as Key-Tuned Series (along with the same prices), and features an Adinkra fabric design.
                   Floating Ring Djembes:  The new Floating Ring Djembes are designed by Paulo Mattioli, taking the innovation from his Signature Djembes and adding a traditional rope tuning system to it. The result is an extremely high quality synthetic djembe drum with a look, feel and sound similar to an authentic African djembe. Like the Signature drums, the Floating Ring Djembes come in 13" and 14" sizes, and cost around $250 - $350. They feature the same Nuskyn Type 8 Tucked Drumhead, Precision Routed Bearing Edge with aluminum ring reinforcement,  Black Steel Counterhoop, and Light weight AA Advanced Acousticon drum shell found on the Paulo Mattioli Signature Series Djembe. Djembe Review recommends these djembes highly.
                   Festival Series Djembes:  The Festival Series Djembes are pre-tuned to a set pitch. This makes them excellent choices for younger players and for recreational use. They come in 8", 10" and 12" sizes, and are offered in several flashy designs. They are strudy, affordable, light weight and include a strap which makes them extremely portable as well. Also, these djembes are environmental friendly, as the shells are manufactured with 100% recycled wood fiber. This is an entry level drum, and is well suited for drum circles, jams, and educational purposes.
                   Rope Tuned Djembes:  Remo's Rope Tuned Djembes are constructed with the same quality materials as the Key-Tuned Djembes, but feature a traditional rope and knot tuning system for those that prefer a more authentic style drum. They come in one size - 8" x 16" and weigh in at less then a mere five pounds. This little hand drum has a big sound, can also be played with thin drum sticks, and will cut through any drum ensemble or band. This line is best suited for recreational and educational use.

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