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What's the Difference Between Rope Tuned & Lug Tuned Djmebes?

Two Styles of Djembes: Rope Tuned & Lug Tuned

Rope tuned & lug tuned are the two general styles of djembe drums.  Artdrum carries both styles.

Lug tuned are convenient since they can easily be tuned & de-tuned, but rope tuned are more authentic. 
Authentic African djembes are Rope tuned.  In contrast, lug tuned djembes combine the classic djembe essence with modern tuning technology.

The heads on rope tuned djmebes can be tightened but that requires a different process than lug tuning.  You can learn about that at http://artdrum.com/DJEMBE_ROPE_TUNING_1.htm.

The goat head on quality rope tuned djembes should last 5 - 10 years if not more so long as they are not totally neglected.  (It's good to put moisturizing lotion or oil on the head once in a while so the head won't dry.   Further, when the djembe is not being played you don't want to leave a drum with a tightened head in an enclosed hot place, like a car during summer.  Heat tightens the heads & too much head can break a head.  However, it is ok to play in the heat, i.e., during a hot summer day.)

You can view professional grade rope tuned African djembes at  http://artdrum.com/DJEMBES_AFRICAN_PRO_DJEMBE_DRUM.htm 
http://artdrum.com/DJEMBES_AFRICAN_DJEMBE_DRUMS.HTM.  These are authentic, pro grade African djembes. 

You can view the finest quality lug tuned djembes at http://artdrum.com/DJEMBES_PAGE_LP.HTM.


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