Artisan Designs

The Pearl Temple Artisan Sombaty Darbuka

£420
The Pearl Temple Artisan Sombaty is from our premium Artisan Designs collection.

The carefully broken up layers of the Pearl Temple Artisan Sombaty are like the many floors of an ancient temple. These designs also feature yellow blossoms to form patterns one would expect on a long-forgotten wall of an ancient shrine or the like. A classical masterpiece. 

Gawharet El Fan Export Grade Sombaty Darbukas guarantee a pristine finish, unique design and unbeatable sound quality. Handcrafted in Cairo.

As to be expected with all handmade instruments, there may be some minor variations in design, slight imperfections on the body and some small scratches on the Darbuka head. This will not affect the quality of the sound in any way. All items are new and have not been previously used. Darbukas, like most instruments, require tuning and should be played/tuned regularly for the first few weeks until the head sets fully and the true beauty of the sound starts to shine through.

As to be expected with all handmade instruments, there may be some minor variations in design, slight imperfections on the body and some small scratches on the Darbuka head. This will not affect the quality of the sound in any way. All items are new. Darbukas should be played regularly for the first few weeks until the head sets fully, and the true beauty of the sound starts to shine through.

Free Shipping To Europe & North America This item is dispatched from our international fulfilment centre in London, United Kingdom. Orders are typically processed within one working day. This allows us time to check, tune and pack the Darbuka securely for shipping. Once the items are ready, they are shipped from our UK warehouse using the agreed shipping method. Typically, your product will take 2-5 working days to arrive.  We have partnered carriers that we work with in different countries. You will be provided with a tracking number with which you can track your item after it has been dispatched. Gawharet El Fan are not responsible for delays caused by your local customs authority, nor are we responsible for any import taxes imposed by your local customs authority. Please check with your local authority if you require further information on your local import taxes. 
Returns If you'd like to return an item you purchased from Gawharet El Fan for a full refund; you will need to inform us within 14 days of purchase. You will be responsible for the return postage to our warehouse in either London, UK or Philadelphia, US. All of our instruments and accessories are covered under this policy, and you may return your item for any reason, subject to the exceptions found in our Refund Policy.
Will my Sombaty require tuning? Your Sombaty will come pre-tuned by one of our team and should stay in tune for a good amount of time to come. Sombaty Darbukas are maintained by changing the skin every so often. Typical timescales to change Sombaty skins are:   - Every 6 months for a Darbuka played more than an hour a day (e.g. at a professional level)  - Every 12-15 months for a standard Darbuka player (e.g. a casual player who plays for leisure)
How easy is it to change my Sombaty skin? It is straightforward to change the skin on one of our Sombaty Darbukas. We have various guides available on our website, and our team are always contactable via phone, email or chat to support you.
How will you ensure that my Sombaty is safe during shipping? We have significant amounts of experience in shipping Sombaty Darbukas around the world. Rest assured that your Sombaty will be packaged securely, sent with a reliable courier and will arrive to you in perfect condition. 
Who is this Sombaty suitable for? This Sombaty is designed with professional players in mind. A beginner may be comfortable using a Sombaty, but may prefer the smaller Darbuka as it is slightly easier to play. A beginner may also not see a great benefit in the larger sized Sombaty until they reach a higher level. With that said, all of our Sombaty Darbukas are manufactured to the highest quality, and are instruments that you buy once, and buy for life. As you improve your Darbuka skills, you will be able to produce a broader spectrum of sounds from your Sombaty. For this reason, a beginner may want to purchase a Sombaty Darbuka.
Will I be able to perform advanced techniques like the Mahbous and Rizz on my Sombaty? Yes, our Sombaty Darbukas are designed and manufactured by people who love the Darbuka and play regularly. Each Darbuka is tuned and tested to ensure that it can product all of the sounds that a Darbuka player could want to produce. 
Is there a noticeable difference between the sound of the Darbuka and of the Sombaty? Yes, in the hands of an intermediate or higher level Darbuka player, there is a huge difference in sound between the Darbuka and the Sombaty. The Sombaty models produce much deeper sounds, and more powerful Tek sounds. Furthermore, the increased playing area of the Sombaty Darbuka allows for a wider range of sounds to be created as opposed to a standard Darbuka. 

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Technical Specifications

Specifications
Weight6.1 kg
WidthSkin: 23 cm
Total: 30 cm
Height47 cm
Inner Shell MaterialAluminium
Inner Shell ColourBlack
Design MaterialWhite Mother of Pearl (nacre)
Blue Mother of Pearl (abalone)
Head MaterialPlastic (with metal crimplock) 
Tuning SystemInternal
Tuning Lugs6
Export Grade?Yes

Crafted in Cairo

Crafted in Cairo by expert craftsmen with decades of experience making Darbukas.

What's Included?

Professional Sombaty Carry Case

Protect your Sombaty during transport with a professional grade Sombaty Carry Case. This case is handmade in Cairo, the heart of Egypt, and will keep your Sombaty safe when you take it out for practice or performance. 

Replacement Sombaty Skin

While Sombaty Skins don't need to be changed that often, it is always good to have a spare on hand just in case your current skin goes out of tune. 

Sombaty Tuning Key

Make adjustments to the tuning on your instrument with a Sombaty Tuning Key. All of our Sombaty Darbukas have an internal tuning system which makes it easy to replace parts and keep it sounding incredible.

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Export Grade

The most premium grade we offer, crafted only by the top Darbuka craftsmen on the planet.