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Sombaty Plus Darbuka The Black Sparks + Premium Case #40009

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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 4/22/2016)

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