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No. 1 Posted on Nov 3, 2011 11:24 AM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Hi everyone. I just bought a used Remo 14" Paul Mattioli Signature in-line-tuned djembe. This is the one with the NuSkyn head. Although I already have a Remo 12" djembe that I enjoy, I bought the Paulo Mattioli after seeing/hearing the below video on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjpD5ieufQw

The sound of the drum in the video really appeals to me. It seems more "authentic" than my older Remo 14" and 16" djembes.

When I got my djembe, the head was too loose, so I cranked it up. Now, the tones are starting to sound about right ... but the bass now seems choked off. I'm wondering: Does higher tension kill off the bass on a djembe? The drum still sounds a little low on the open tones and slaps, and I was thinking of cranking up the tension some more, but not if it's going to wipe out the bass.

Last question: This drum is a bear to tune! I guess that's why they discontinued it. It has 5/16-inch hex nuts facing downward and inside a rubber shroud. The shroud is so close around the nut that I can't slip a 5/16 socket in there. Instead, I've been using a screwdriver, since the nuts have a slotted head. But not only is it more difficult to turn a screwdriver than a socket wrench, but I have to turn the drum over to do so. I called Remo to see about buying their tuning tool, but they said it was not readily available for sale. Has anyone had any luck finding an after-market socket that fits this drum? Any other solutions? Thanks.

-- Tom




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