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Djembe Rope. Why Quality Matters.

When shopping for a djembe drum it's important to know the type of rope used. Due to the high tension that are put on the ropes it's essential that your djembe drum has good quality rope that is quite thick and also low stretch. Top end djembes are typically strung with 5mm thick ropes for extra durability and performance enhancement. X8 Drum Djembes use high performance, low stretch Alpine rope on all of our custom djembe drums.

To help you make a better buying decision we've put together this rope guide that lists out the specifications on all series of X8 djembe drums.

Pro Djembe

PRO AFRICA SERIES - (Matahari, Stallion & Ruby)

Rope Type:

13"-14" Head: Low Stretch Alpine Nylon HTB 5mm, 35 rope runners 10"-11" Head: Low Stretch Alpine Nylon HTB 5mm, 30 rope runners

Amount of rope used per drum:

13"-14" Head: 28.5 meters of HTB 5mm 10"-11" Head: 24 meters of HTB 5mm

INTERMEDIATE SERIES - (Red Black, Duafe, Deep Carve)

Intermediate Djembe

Rope Type:

3"-14" Head: Low Stretch Alpine Nylon HTB 5mm, 24 rope runners 11"-12" Head: Low Stretch Alpine Nylon HTB 5mm, 21 rope runners 10"-11" Head: Low Stretch Alpine Nylon HTB 4mm, 19 rope runners 8"-9" Head: Alpine Nylon PP 4 mm, 16 rope runners

Amount of rope used per drum:

13"-14" Head: 23 meters of HTB 5mm 11"-12" Head: 19.5 meters of HTB 5mm 10"-11" Head: 16.5 meters of HTB 4mm 8"-9" Head: 12 meters of HTB 4 mm

BEGINNER SERIES - (Kalimantan)

Beginner Djembe

Rope Type:

13"-14" Head: Alpine Nylon PP 6 mm, 24 rope runners 11"-12" Head: Alpine Nylon PP 5 mm, 21 rope runners 10"-11" Head: Alpine Nylon PP 4 mm, 19 rope runners 8"-9" Head: Alpine Nylon PP 4 mm, 16 rope runners

Amount of rope used per drum: 13"-14" Head: 21 meters of PP 6mm 11"-12" Head: 17 meters of PP 5mm 10"-11" Head: 13 meters of PP 4mm 8"-9" Head: 12 meters of PP 3mm

** Both HTB and PP are low stretch Alpine Nylon rope, however HTB is a better quality rope than PP.

1 kilogram (Kg) HTB rope 4mm = 89 meter

1 kilogram (Kg) HTB rope 5mm = 64 meter

1 kilogram (Kg) HTB rope 6mm = 50 meter

1 kilogram (Kg) PP rope 3mm = 177 meter

1 kilogram (Kg) PP rope 4mm = 102 meter

1 kilogram (Kg) PP rope 5mm = 70 meter

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