Idiopan Tongue Drums
World Drums by REMO
Cases & Gig Bags
Natural Skin Drum Heads
Learning and Instruction
Props and Décor
High Teks and rich Dooms just pick your favorite look!
Embossed brass Doumbek shells, with or without jungles, and choose your style of head.
Hand hammered copper Doumbek shells, plain or erzincan design.
Cases for Doumbeks
Measure your Doumbek carefully; then choose the head that'll fit your drum.
Learn to play your Doumbek with our selection of instructional Books & CD's.
Doumbeks by REMO
Choose from the REMO Pre-Tuned Doumbek, Crystal & Soloist Doumbek with Ergo-Drum System and the Diane Metalized Doumbek.
Egyptian Wooden Doumbeks
The Egyptian Wooden Doumbek is just like the ones found in Cairo.
This breakthrough Doumbek design has a fiberglass body and a fixed synthetic head. Its deep Doums and high Teks will surprise you.
Metal Doumbeks with embossed nickeled brass shells, with or without jungles. Choose your style of head.
Mother of Pearl Doumbeks
An elegant selection of Mother of Pearl Doumbeks that look and sound stunning.
Narrow Neck Ceramic Doumbeks
Narrow Neck Ceramic Doumbeks
Hand carved Doumbek Drums from beautiful rosewood.
Sheesham Wood Doumbeks. Choose your style of head.
Small Aluminum Doumbeks
Small Aluminum Doumbeks go anywhere for drumming any time.
Small Ceramic Doumbeks
Doumbeks made from the earth with crystal like properties and the very best sound.
Turkish Aluminum Doumbeks
Choose from lots of colors and different heads for your Aluminum Turkish Doumbek.
The Zarb or Persian Tonbak
The goblet drum family has many names in different cultures, chalice drum, tarabuka, darbuka, debuka, doumbek, dumbec, dumbeg, dumbelek, toumperleki, or tablah. It is a goblet shaped hand drum used mostly in Arabic, Assyrian, Persian, Balkan, Greek, Armenian, Azeri and Turkish music. Its thin, responsive drumhead and resonance help it produce a distinctively crisp sound. Though it is not known exactly when it was made it is known to be ancient of origin. They are played with a much lighter touch and quite different strokes (sometimes including rolls or quick rhythms articulated with the fingertips) than hand drums such as the
, found in Africa.
There are two main types of goblet drums. The Egyptian style has rounded edges around the head, whereas the Turkish style exposes the edge of the head. The exposed edge allows closer access to the head so finger-snapping techniques can be done, but the hard edge discourages the rapid rolls possible with the Egyptian style.
The goblet drum may be played while held under one arm (usually the non-dominant arm) or by placing it sideways upon the lap (with the head towards the player's knees) while seated. Some drums are also made with strap mounts so the drum may be slung over the shoulder, to facilitate playing while standing or dancing. It produces a resonant, low-sustain sound while played lightly with the fingertips and palm. Some players move their fists in and out of the bell to alter the tone. There are a variety of rhythms that form the basis of the folkloric and modern music and dance styles of the Middle East.
There are two main sounds produced by the goblet drum. The first is called the 'doum'. It is the deeper bass sound produced by striking the head near the center with the length of the fingers and palm. The second is called the 'tek' and is the higher-pitched sound produced by hitting near the edge of the head with the fingertips. A 'tek' struck with the secondary hand is also known as a 'ka'. Additionally, there are more complex techniques including snaps, slaps, pops and rolls that are used to ornament the basic rhythm. Hand clapping and hitting the sides of the drum can be used in addition to drumhead sounds.