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King Cheetah Elite Professional Djembe - Large

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  • King Cheetah Elite Professional Djembe - Large
  • King Cheetah Elite Professional Djembe - Large
  • King Cheetah Elite Professional Djembe - Large
  • King Cheetah Elite Professional Djembe - Large

Currently on Backorder. Pre-Orders are Being Accepted. Expected to be in stock on 31st Oct 2024

MSRP: $855.00
— You save $498.75


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X8 DRUMS is extremely excited to offer three new models of Elite Pro Djembes. Custom designs that you won't find anywhere else in the states. You can only get them here! This latest batch of djembes will knock you out with their aesthetic beauty and superior sound quality. We have a limited number of each model. There are true collectors items in this batch.


The King Cheetah is representative of the rare breed of the species, only seen in nature a handful of times. Like the feline, this djembe is a speciality item, constructed to deliver pristine performance for the most advance players and a smooth purr for beginners showing promise in the art of hand drumming.

The Elite Pro Djembes are hand made, custom carved professional grade instruments prepared with the finest materials. Each drum goes through a rigorous inspection of quality control using hand selected #1 quality mahogany hardwood. Only the best! Wood that is all legally harvested and certified to be legal timber, which is environmentally friendly. Go green!!

Also, due to the specialized shell shape only 30% of the approved wood that is sorted for our Professional line meets the size, shape, and quality criteria for an Elite Pro . All shells have to be both hand carved and lathed. This is expensive and takes a long time. Every Elite Pro djembe is carved extra thick for incredible tones, and unsurpassed range.



Take special note of the neck ring on each Elite Pro Djembe. Every drum is secured with a forged steel neck ring that is specifically fitted and built for each model. All Elite Pro shells are hand carved with a built in groove that is custom fitted to lock the ring system into place. This tedious process of welding a custom steel neck ring leads to a highly secured tuning system. When you tune up your new Elite Pro it stays locked and tight when performing. The Elite Pro's have it all: craftsmanship, beauty, and that juicy tone you've been after!!

Sizes Available:

Please note that each drum is hand-carved, by master carvers, and sizes will tend to slightly fluctuate. No two drums are exactly alike which makes each one a unique work of art.

25.5" Tall x 13.5" Head
24" Tall x 12" Head
20" Tall x 10-11" Head

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Drum Features:

  • Legally Harvested, Environmentally Sustainable Mahogany wood, One-piece, solid shell construction
  • Government Certification Process
  • Low Stretch Alpine Nylon HTB 5 mm rope runners
  • Premium selected goatskin drumheads , unbleached heads for authentic look and sound.
  • 3 ring system at the head for more stable tuning and elimination of skin slippage
  • Forged steel neck ring, with built-in groove that is custom fitted to lock the ring system into place
  • Carved rim to stabilize bottom ring for precise, long-lasting tuning.
  • Lathe turned for uniform thickness
  • Lateral groove/rough surfaced carvings on interior bowl to reduce overtones
  • Temperature controlled storage environment
  • Shells are kiln dried with up to 20 coats of teak oil to protect and preserve the wood.

X8 Drums & Percussion Djembes: 3 month limited on shell only


This warranty extends only to defects in materials or workmanship as limited above and does not extend to any product which has been lost or discarded, by accident or improper maintenance; or which has been altered; or which has been repaired or modified by a non-authorized person or company. This warranty does not apply to any owner other than the original purchaser; any defects caused by reasonable use, neglect, moisture and/or temperature extremes, handling, shipping or accidents; natural wood finishes or normal color changes of wood or shell covering material. Under this warranty repair or replacement of parts is the only remedy, and loss of use of the products, loss of time, inconvenience or consequential damages are not covered.

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This drum is also available through our preferred partner, Guitar Center.
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8 Reviews

  • 5
    Love my King Cheetah

    Posted by Ervin Toth on 12th Aug 2014

    I get compliments all the time on the sound quality and beauty of this drum. Very happy customer. Thank you X8 drums for offering such a cool drum.

  • 5

    Posted by Julie L. on 31st Jul 2014

    Although we're both musicians, it's my husband who's the percussionist and he LOVES his birthday present! "Blown away" is an understatement to describe his reaction when he opened the box!

  • 5
    Excellent quality and service

    Posted by Art on 28th Jul 2014

    I called and the staff was very helpful in picking out a djembe. I wanted something for recording and was originally thinking of a key tuned djembe. They pointed me toward the pro or pro elite line for the sound quality in recording. The drum arrived within a week and was tuned and ready to go out of the box. The head was a dry, being brand new, so I ordered shey butter w/ the drum and started rubbing that in as well. I'm really happy and look forward to many sessions of great sound.

  • 4
    The perfect choice.

    Posted by Rob on 28th Jul 2014

    This djembe is beautiful and the sound range from hi to low is fabulous. I received nothing but compliments from musicians and fans alike on how well the drum sounds. It is a great addition to my percussion collection.

  • 5
    My first Djembe

    Posted by Tyler Newman on 16th Jul 2014

    This is an amazing Drum! Great Bass and Slap! Super high quality! Fast delivery and very polite staff! I love my Djembe! Thank you!

  • 5
    A new fan

    Posted by JB on 16th Jul 2014

    I'm thrilled with my new King Cheetah! The shopping experience was very easy - good descriptions, pictures and video to see & hear the products. The djembe was shipped inside the bag I ordered with an outer cardboard shipping box. The box was also labeled "fragile". The djembe was well protected and arrived in good shape. I'm a very satisfied customer and recommend X8 to other musicians.

  • 5
    Great for Teaching

    Posted by Unknown on 14th Jul 2014

    I use the King Cheetah Elite Pro when I teach hand-drumming units to my K-6 students. It has a deep, full, bass tone, and I have it tuned so the highs cut right through the entire ensemble. This djembe is a great teaching tool and a well-constructed instrument (and my students love the "cheetah" design!).

  • 5
    Pro Quality Djembe

    Posted by pablo on 11th Jul 2014

    Looking for a working pro djembe, this meets requirements. Drum will wake the dead. Very nice bass tones. Must have a mile rope on it, which looks awesome, giving it a mean look One draw back: heavy!! Needed tuning up, but don't be intimidated by pulling knots.

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