Toca 11" Stackable Flex Drum with Strap
In conjunction with noted educator and percussionist, Kalani, Toca has released its new "Flex Drum,"ë a stackable, easy-to-transport community drum, ideal for any interactive drumming event.
The patented Kalani Flex Drum is made entirely of lightweight PVC material and has a removable PVC head, allowing the drum to be stacked with additional flex drums.
"One of the biggest challenges for people who organize drums circles is transporting multiple drums to the event," said Kalani. "Shipping five or six traditional hand drums can be cumbersome and costly. Toca's new Flex Drums weigh less than six pounds each and can be stacked together and shipped or transported anywhere, economically and easily."
The Flex Drum is 23-inches tall and its pre-tuned 11-inch head can be removed and used as a frame drum. The body of the drum can also be used to store other small items, such as shakers or tambourines when traveling to and from gigs. A convenient, adjustable shoulder strap is included, allowing the drum to be played while standing.
I'm a drum circle facilitator, and I was so excited to try out this drum because of the versatile possibilities it offered - the top pops off and you can stack several of them. Plus they are lightweight and synthetic - definite pluses in my book. They're easy to transport to and from the car/gig, and also able to be disinfected (I work with kids, special needs, and seniors - hygiene is a must). BUT here in the Florida heat, the tops are veeeery hard to take off, so I just leave 'em on. The humidity must make it difficult for the rubberized tension drum to separate from the head easily. So no stacking here. Additionally, I'm sad to say that the first drum head busted due to an enthusiastic (possibly angst-ridden) teen who put a hand (not even a stick!) right through it. Had to order another head. So far, the Remo Versa Timbau drums (similar to this product) seem to have a better drum head - easier to remove, and also a little more able to withstand forceful drumming. I really hope Toca continues to develop this technology and comes up with someone a little easier to dismantle, and a little harder to destroy!