In the Darbuka Mastery Program, we use an Arabic Sombaty Darbuka for all illustrations and teaching. This is our Darbuka of choice, in most matters of teaching and performing. A standard Darbuka is also great. However, it doesn't pack as much of a punch as a Sombaty Darbuka. To read more on whether a standard Darbuka or Sombaty Darbuka would be suitable for you, read our Darbuka Buying Guide where we answer this very question.
Furthermore, we much prefer metal Darbukas to clay Darbukas to teach with, simply because of the ease of not having to tune or heat a clay Darbuka, and the fact that metal Darbukas are lighter and less prone to damage.
The specs of the Darbuka we use are below. Note that a model like this can be easily purchased from the Gawharet El Fan website:
Name: The Pearl Temple Artisan Sombaty
Type: Arabic Sombaty Darbuka
Manufacturer: Gawharet El Fan
Country of Manufacture: Egypt
Head width: 23cm
Total width: 30cm
Inner shell material: Aluminium
- White Mother of Pearl (Nacre)
- Blue Mother of Pearl (Abalone)
- Coloured stones
- Coloured gloss
Head Type: Gawharet El Fan Standard Egyptian Plastic Head
Tuning Lugs: 6
We are 100% confident that this is one of the most fantastic sounding Darbukas available on the open market and would strongly recommend it. It also falls under our Export Grade range of products so you're getting the best quality money can buy.
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