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Rating and Reviews: Toca Freestyle II Djembe

Built with modern techniques and materials for improved durability, The Freestyle II is still designed to produce the ever-sought traditional Djembe sound.

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"One of the better sounding Djembes" submitted September 19, 2012

By Arthur L in Newport News, VA
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Musical Background: Profession Drum Circe Faciltator
Music Style: all styles
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Overall: This Toca Freestyle II Rope Tune Djembe is nicely made, light weight, well-constructed, and sounds great if tuned properly. The finish and clean looking construction of this djembe is great. It has a look of a traditional African drum but uses all of the modern materials of today. The head is plastic, which is great if you drum in all type of different weather conditions and locations. You don’t have to worry about the rain, humidity, or the beach. Because all the materials are manmade, they stand up to a lot of different conditions. If they get wet, but try not to get them wet, you can wipe them down and they will still sound good. And don’t ever leave any drum out in direct sun, for extended periods of time.I like the rope tuning better than metal hardware tuning. Once you tuned them to the way you like it to sound it will stay like that, almost under any conditions. No metal means less weight. I am sure that the rope tuning is by far the best way to tune a djembe. You have 40 to 50 point evenly pulling the skin around the rim. Not like the metal tuning that have about six and no more than eight points of pressure to pull it into tune. And because it is an artificial skin it does not get out of tune like a natural goat skin.With careful placement of some tape on top of the head you can also eliminate the extended ringing that is associated with artificial head. Some people like the ringing, so it is a matter of preference. I do not, so I have a 3inch of white surgical tape on the opposite side from where I strike the head. This stops the ringing from traveling back and forth.Overall I have 5 djembes and this is the one I use to go to the beach with. It is light weight to carry for long distances and I don’t have to worry about it getting destroyed by the elements.
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Toca Freestyle II Djembe Customer Review submitted December 5, 2011

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Sound: I bought this for my 9-yr old grandson for Christmas on the advice of a teen at our church who strongly recommended the Toca Djembe; I LOVE the sound this even smaller one produces and cannot wait to have my grandson play it. It arrived in perfect condition, altho it was supposed to have some kind of "gig bag" according to the site. That didn't come, but I made him a large carry bag with his name on it. Ease of Use: I am no musician but was still able to "fool around" with it to see if it produced sounds my grandson will like - I actually wouldn't mind having one myself now Quality: it seems to be very well made Manufacturer Support: na
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