The Black Sparks Doumbek is a sombaty plus darbuka made by Gawharet El Fan factory in Egypt. The Sombaty plus darbuka is heavier from the standard sombaty darbuka, It has another layer of aluminum and it produces stronger sound an absolutely amazing "Doom strokes". The finishing of the external and the internal layer is absolutely amazing. The hand made decoration with the stunning genuine mother of pearl which has been paste on the aluminum one by one and makes this doumbek to be one of a kind.
The sombaty plus doumbek will be great for a big events such as concert s or "Hafla" and it has an impressive look. If you are looking for a professional Egyptian Doumbek made of the highest quality, this is the one. Included in the price of this Doumbek are a travel case, drum tuning key and a spare Gawharet El Fan Doumbek skin.
When you purchase from Arabinstruments.com you can be sure that you buy an original hand made product directly from the factory and with a genuine mother of pearl.
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Doumbek Approximate Dimensions: Height 47 cm (18.5 in). Diameter of head: 9" (23 cm) , Weight: 6.5 kg (14.33 lbs)
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Good Darbuka...Needs Some Finish Review by Azatar
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The inlay on this Darbuka is fantastic. Looks are amazing and very pretty. Once tuned, the "doum" is deep, the "ka" is great, and "tek" is crisp. There is no better darbuka for the money.
There is one minor issue that must be addressed at the factory... the shambar (rim) is raw unfinished aluminum with a sharp outer edge. I found the skin was cut by the rim edge when the drum arrived: a bad first impression.
Nonetheless, it was "fixed" with some 320 grit sandpaper to remove the hard chamfer from the outer surface of the rim, then a polish with 600 grit sandpaper to make it smooth and allow for the skin to slide over the edge under various tensions without scratching or cutting the skin synthetic.
To their credit, Arab Instruments was very attentive to me, and they very generously sent a replacement skin to replace the replacement skin that I had to install. I really enjoy the energy of the Arab Instruments team, and appreciate their communication.
I would give quality 5-stars when Gawharet El Fan polishes the outer rim edge at the factory. :) (Posted on 4/22/16)
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