Toca Freestyle Mechanically Tuned Ashiko Drum, Kente Cloth
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
What a find! I've gigged (performed) with this drum (duos to quartets: blues, rock, funk, country) and am crazy about it. Perfect 26" height, sound holes at the base for great sound projection, unusually lightweight, synthetic head with good real-skin tones (also perfect for brushes), and it's good looking besides; audiences are always enchanted with the kente pattern. I've gigged with cajons, congas, djembes, etc but have found this to be the most versatile in my arsenal. You want sharp djembe slaps? check. Pops that sound like a snare? check. Bongo-sounding rim hits? check. Solid thumping bass tone? check. Good midrange? check. Much easier on the hands than a hard cajon face plate! I'm still discovering new ways to make this ashiko speak. No, I don't work for Toca or x8 -- I'm just crazy about this drum. HALF the price of an equivalent key-tuned djembe at a fraction of the weight. I'm actually considering buying another to stuff in the back of my closet as "insurance" LOL.
Toca's freestyle mechanically tuned Ashiko drum is a well made instrument. I like that it's easily tunable and I love the lightweight of it. But a drum is about the sound and how it plays, and this Ashiko plays with heart, producing a megasound. Love it.
Got this drum as gift for a family that is musical and has a child that is showing natural drum talent. I of course had to try it out first in my own hand drum rig and I was impressed with the sound. For the price this is great djembe alternative with 3 tones and decent bass. It's vegan if that matters so purists can be pure elsewhere. Great job Toca for a cool drum that is different and functional.