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Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe Shadow Flame

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The Remo Designer Series Djembes are key-tuned and fitted with Skyn Deep heads. These hand drums produce a satisfying range of sounds from high slaps to deep bass tones. The durable, lightweight Acous... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Remo Designer Series Djembes are key-tuned and fitted with Skyn Deep heads. These hand drums produce a satisfying range of sounds from high slaps to deep bass tones. The durable, lightweight Acousticon shell delivers excellent projection and is unaffected by weather conditions. A heavy-duty rubber bottom protects the shell from ground impact. The exterior shells provide great visuals that match the graphics on the head.

Originally from West Africa, the djembe drum has spread around the world to become the hallmark instrument of the world-beat movement. Since at least 500 AD, the djembe drum has been used in healing ceremonies, rites of passage, ancestor worship, warrior rituals, and social dancing. Find out how much your hands can say with this traditional hand drum. Remo's revolutionary materials provide great sound, durability, and looks.

Features
  • 25" high x 14" diameter
  • Skyn Deep head key-tuned
  • Acousticon shell
  • Durable and lightweight
  • High slaps to deep tones
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on heads.
5 year warranty on hardware and practice sets.
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RemoDesigner Series Key-tuned Djembe
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (5)
  • Great sound (4)
  • Huge tone (4)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Sensitive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (3)

Reviewed by 13 customers

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5.0

Love my 14" Adinkra

By Tom

from NC

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Huge Tone
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe:

    I use mine at drum circles, on the porch, at parties or any other excuse I can find to play. It is easy to play, easy to learn on and very satisfying, in other words "I don't want to work I just want to play on my drum all day".

     
    4.0

    Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe Green Kinte Cloth

    By Les

    from Buffalo, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Looks good
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Ringing!

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Drum circles
    • Jazz Clubs
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe:

    There's no pretense of looking like a traditional djembe -- the camo head and body is very striking in appearance. There's quite a range of sounds, depending on tension. When the head is moderately loose, a nice bass tone emerges, though it's choked off when sitting tilted on the floor as a traditional djembe. If you're into big bottoms, you should probably consider a stand, or play standing up to get the full effect. When stretched outrageously tight (far beyond what you'd dare with a skin drum), the slaps are piercing, and you get a lot of sound with very little effort. If you want to cut through the cacophony of a drum circle, this is your instrument. Finding a middle ground, however, is a bit more difficult. I've been adjusting mine for a few weeks now, but it's still not 100%. I'm not getting the richness of tone that comes from a traditional djembe (I have one from Ghana very close to the same size.) The trade-off is that humidity and temperature changes are not an issue with this synthetic Remo, and once it's dialed in the tone should stay where you want it.

    Like many djembes and congas, particularly with synthetic heads, there is a very annoying high-pitched ringing. I stuck four pieces of gaffers tape 1" x 3" in an L-shape between head and body on the inside. The worst of the ringing is gone, and what's left sounds like a goat-skin.

    The tension ring is set very low, so a standard drum key is useless. Remo provides a cute little open-end wrench, which is good for about a quarter-turn at a time. I didn't have the patience for this so I taped a quarter-inch hex socket onto a quarter-iinch allen wrench, leaving the square end open to fit on the tuning lugs. Adjustments are much quicker.

    Overall: an impressive looking drum in a green khaki camo sort of way, but not one for the djembe purist. Finding your sound might take some time. It seems durable and good for all weather. Take care it doesn't get lost in the shrubbery after an all-night drum jam!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Djembe Andarka Drum

    By Skippy

    from Pottsboro Texas

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe:

      This was not the original drum I ordered as it kept going to backorder but customer service did a great job in helping me find a different drum that was even better than the one I wanted. I have never had better customer service and always talked to a "real" person. The drum has great sound, easy to tune, high quality and I would recommend it to a new beginner or even an experienced musician.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice Beginners Drum

      By DANTE DILORENZO

      from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Comments about Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe:

      -Pros- + Aesthetically pleasing drum in both looks and sound. Outside hull is light weight, VERY durable, and ready for any weather condition. Skyn Deep drum head is ULTRA tough, and has taken a beating... along with spills, drops, and outside conditions. Very reliable when maintained... and priced RIGHT. + This drum hangs with every brand out there, and performs like a champion. Outside rim tones cut right through.. while a nice "Higher" pitch bass (compared to a solid piece of wood, or a bigger drum) flows right in. Very friendly and Easy to play. + Primary use is professional acoustic gigs, percussion lessons, music fests, drum circles and Worship. Solo acts, and playing percussion with a band(s). -Cons- - Not to nitpick, but I did notice that Leon Mobley does NOT play this exact drum. Which is understandable... His looks like a 14 inch with the Andinkra print. Possibly a Designer still or a Infinity Mondo. - Regular maintenance needs performed on the brackets monthly. Oil/Grease, dirt, sand, and dust will get gunked up in the tuning brackets when used on a regular basis. - The 12 inch head works well, but as one will progress the head will seem too small... This is purely opinion. Limited space on the head caused me to sometimes hit my own hands, along with limited tone for what I am looking for at the time. - When tuned very high, there is a slight "Ring" that you can hear. Which is typical to most non traditional djembe. -Conclusion- Wonderful beginniers drum. The 12 inch head is great for just starting players, and will be easy for one to get technique down. Its light, and fairly compact... certainly gets the job done. Have been happy with it through the years, and would suggest it to any Casual player, or someone who wants to learn !

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dig it!

      By John Mazlish

      from Brooklyn, N.Y.

      Comments about Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe:

      Love my new djembe. Looks beautiful and sounds great. Very easy to play as well. Sounds amazing amplified with a mic. Just don't expect it to sound anything like a real African djembe- this is a totally different instrument in my opinion. Great for performing with a band, as it has deep bass and high slap sounds- almost like a drum kit. Highly recommended!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Drum

      By JGinNOVA

      from Northern Virginia

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe:

          Great drum! Sturdy, well made and balanced, awesome finish, and it can make an impressive range of sounds! Bass is full and resonant, and the range of tones around the edges is amazing and fun to play with.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A beautiful drum in every way!

          By Clara

          from Knoxville, TN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Huge Tone
          • Responsive
          • Sensitive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Jazz Clubs
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues
            • Soundtracks
            • Symphonies

            Comments about Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe:

            Pure enjoyment! This drum is beautiful in its looks, sound, and performance. I like the key-tuning, much easier than drums with ropes. It's a good idea to get a floor stand to avoid having the drum slip if held between your knees, as its surface is smooth. I just reviewed the stand I got ... it's ideal. This drum in a winner!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it!

            By Steve Brill

            from southwest Missouri

            Comments about Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe:

            Love it! Would like to get another (but I've run out of hands).
            Beautiful finish. Balanced weight.
            Very well made. The sounds that can be made are awesome, ranging from low to high. This drum can do it all!
            Very happy with the price. Have been wanting to get a djembe for quite some time. The price tag was the kicker on this purchase.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I like it

            By Ken Butcher

            from Canada

            Comments about Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe:

            The sound is good and ballanced. I agree with the other person who a review on this item; it does go low! It has a nice pop and ring to it too, especially in the tone range.

            In short I'm really happy with this one and I couldn't see why anyone would want to go with anything else. Really nice drum and a lot of fun!
            The best quality is has going for it is the tuning key! I tried to restring a traditional rope style djembe before after changing the head and I'd never do it again to save my life! After spending a few weeks re-knotting it, I had to take it to a professional. However, with the tuning keys you can change the head and tune it however and when ever you want without getting frustrated.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            remo shadow flame djembe

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Remo Designer Series Key-tuned Djembe:

            I've had this drum for almost a year now and I am very happy with it. I got the shadow flame(black flame with dark blue background) and it looks as great as it sounds. I tuned it down a little bit because I like that deep bass sound but with the edges still pretty high so as to get as many differant tones out of it as possible. I have used it regularly wheather it be at home, practice or gigs and it has held up and stayed in tune very well. in my oppinion this is a great drum and I have had experience with many differant brands and styles.

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