An Ashiko player has the important role of supporting the lead players of an ensemble by playing a full, low-end rhythm. This traditional African hand drum has more of a cone-shape compared to the goblet shape of a djembe drum which helps the drum to resonate the deeper sounds.
Toca's Freestyle Mechanically Tuned Ashiko is a modern take on this traditional drum. The drum is made using a patented process of molding PVC into the exact shape and dimensions for this drum. The PVC is a very resonant material and is very lightweight. The drum head is also a synthetic material that is designed to produce similar tones and have a similar feel to thick goatskin. The tuning system on this model is bolt-tuned meaning that you'll use an allen wrench to tighten the bolts around the head of the drum which will in turn, tighten the head making the sound brighter and more crisp.
The built-in sound chambers in the base of the shell allow you to play the drum while it is standing straight up without muffling the sound output.
- Dimensions: 26" Tall x 12" Drum Head
- Rope Tuned or Mechanically Tuned models are available
- Synthetic Shell and Synthetic Head make this drum weatherproof, lightweight and travel friendly