Which Size Djembe is Right for Me ? Tips For Choosing A Djembe. this some advise if you want to choose djembe. Okay, I just did research and bought some this year. My advice :
I hate the twangy sound of synthetic heads. It’s all treble and sounds like a big bouncing rubber ball. Mind you, this was what I almost considered to be the normal djembe sound because I had heard it so much.
I’m on my phone so can’t give too much specific information, but what I recommend is a probe tuned drum at least 10 inches in size. Obviously, the larger you go, the deeper the bass tone. It is suggested by some to buy one based on your size, but that is very limiting. I purchased both a 10 inch and a 12 inch and neither was especially comfortable to hold. I am 6 feet tall. I would probably fit a 14 inch one best.
I decided to go with meinl. I don’t remember the specific, but it is a light brown with a design carved into it. There are also different kinds of the woods that they are made of and if I remember correctly this one had a more authentic/traditional wood.
It is rope tuned, which requires more maintenance, but also feels more authentic and almost more connected to the drum as you have to use strength to tighten it. The prices for the drums were also good. Most importantly, I love their warm sound that still has plenty of clarity. They also came with great padded carrying cases.
Feel free to ask more questions if I can help!