These bongos are great for home or classroom use. They have a soft handle to hold while playing and come with a pair of mallets. Please remember, though, that these instruments are not intended for children under three years of age. -Jenny
This hardwood shell drum has a durable, natural calfskin head and can be played by hand or with mallets. A cotton handle strap is attached for ease of playing and is perfect for small hands.
5-1/4" x 5"
Available in two other sizes:
Natural (5-1/4" x 6-3/4") - Item 204114
Blue (5-1/4" x 8-1/2") - Item 204115
Each drum includes 2 mallets and has a satin finish that can be wiped clean.
I am shopping for drums for a music therapy group for teens with developmental disabilities--I'm wondering how durable you have found these to be, and how the sound quality is, compared with other brands such as remo and toca?
Best Answer:We just bought them, so there hasn't been time to test durability, but they seem very well made. They might be small for teens, depending on how severe the disability. The entire head is smaller than my hand spread out. Ours came with a short strap for some reason. Not sure how that would be used. I guess the main benefit is the price, if you need to buy several and can't afford djembes for everyone. I love the small djembe I got on clearance for around $50 on West Music. It has a lot of sound. I had not used the Toca drums before, but last night I used someone else's because of your question, and I loved it. Remo is awesome for durability, as you probably know. I've worked with teens, too, and I would say this shape and size would be all right if the physical limitation requires the drum to be resting in the lap.
I don't see the wood giving out on you (quite durable). The head is a pretty thin hide which one of my students tore. We taped the tear and it is still working. The reason I went for these was because it was affordable. I cut them in half with a saw and got two small hand drums for the price of one on which students could begin practicing tones and mutes. Anyway...don't be surprised if they rip some. Put them in the sunlight to tighten up the skin again if it gets loose. I'm still planning to get more so that I can have one in every students' hand.