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The traditional djembe is a goblet shaped hand drum with an authentic goat skin playing surface affixed with rope runners. African djembe drums are hand crafted from a solid piece of hardwood with inner carvings that produce a wide range of tones. Originating in West Africa, this drum was used as a gathering drum and today is popular worldwide for people of all ages.

Any instrument you purchase from X8 Drums is covered by a 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee - if you don't love the craftsmanship or sound of your drum, send it back within 30 days of purchase and receive a refund of your purchase price (excluding shipping).

Key-Tuned, or Mechanically-tuned, djembes tend to have a more modern feel than the traditional rope-tuned models, and are tuned using a wrench to tighten the bolts around the drum head. The shells of the key-tuned djembes are also sometimes made of synthetic materials such as Acousticon, which replicate the strength and timbre of a traditional hardwood drum surprisingly well.

Not sure where to start? We're happy to walk you through our entire selection to find the best instrument for your needs. Call toll-free 1-800-771-9645. The fact that we only specialize in hand drums means you get a fantastic selection, great prices and expert advice!

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When preparing to buy a new drum, it's important to determine the type of sound you're looking for before you start shopping. After reading the info in this guide, you'll be able to make a clear and confident decision about which drum is perfect for you.

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Testimonials from past customers

"The Ivory Elite Pro African Djembe has arrived and literally brought tears too my eyes! This thing feels, looks and sounds beautiful! Thank you for having only quality drums and such a beast of an Elite here with this one. The bass tone is...insane." Dillon

"I just got the 14" Ruby Pro yesterday. It's everything I could want in a larger drum - nice tight tones, crisp slaps, impressive bass, and an excellent overall package. The shell shape, carving, and staining are expertly done and the rope-work is superb. It easily compares to other professional traditional djembes I've seen for twice the price." Bob from Acworth, GA

"My drum arrived - literally "sound" and safely! I love the tone and the resonance and the craftsmanship of this drum!" Jutta, PA

"Many thanks for sending us a fantastic drum! My son was thrilled when he opened it today for his birthday. The workmanship is beautiful and the sound that comes out of it is phenomenal! I cannot thank you enough." Laura, Warrenville, IL

"I luv my new bag. It has nice padding for protection and I especially like the hard top. I'm glad I spent the extra money to get a better, more protective bag for my drum. Shipment came quickly and in perfect condition and X8 were very easy to deal with.. me being someone who doesn't navigate the internet all that great :) " Karen (Topsham CA)

"Spoke to josh n matt about 2 djembe i purchased. 12 inch stallion n 10 inch classic great drums .Gonna buy next 12 inch classic.Also have the jammer .great dudes n great product.. The best place to purchase drums." Michael, Little River, SC

"X8 Drums really came through for us. We ordered at the last minute and with a purchase order and they handled it all in stride including being very helpful on the phone." Miami, FL

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