Ghana - Musical Instruments
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Sun Dec 06 00:00:00 MST 2009lizziedidnt Rating:5.0
The price on this drum was close to unbelievable and I held my breath waiting for it to arrive, which it did in record time. I am using the drum with a group I drum with and it is all I could have hoped for and at about half the price of any that I had seen previously. The size is good. It is easy to hold in position. And all agree that it has a very good sound. Thank you.
Mon Jul 13 00:00:00 MDT 2009modernrishi Rating:5.0
great buy! better than expected, looks great and sound good.
Fri May 18 00:00:00 MDT 2007salsie Rating:4.0
The drum came in a huge box loaded with packing material but the drum was in good condition. It was a different color and making than the picture but it was still beautiful. The tone was good and it seemed like good craftmanship. If you are looking for a good, handcrafted drum, this is a good find.
Sat Jan 12 00:00:00 MST 2008gopsalt Rating:5.0
Hey, I love the African 12-key Xylophone (Ghana)!!! i have been having so much fun! also, I think the price was really good. Thanks!
Sun Dec 23 00:00:00 MST 2007Rating:1.0
I bought this xylophone as a gift for my girlfriend. After reading the reviews, I was under the impression that it is a working instrument. It's not. It's horribly out of tune, and has an awful tone. It makes an okay, but very not authentic, mantle-piece, but other than that it serves no musical purpose. I studied xylophone in Ghana, and their xylophones are much better made; for starters, you can play a song on them. They're actual instruments, that their craftsman puts pride and effort into making. These instruments, on the other hand, are quickly mass-produced to appeal to "exotic"-minded foreigners. Unless you're simply looking for a not-authentic conversation piece about which your house guests can remark, "well, isn't that exotic!" to which you reply, "yes, it's from Africa!", I'd say look somewhere else for an authentic musical instrument. This website's "Dono" drum is a good deal for a decent sounding drum.
Tue Jan 15 00:00:00 MST 2008checkonetwocheck Rating:2.0
If you want an example of an instrument from Ghana,ie a balafon, then this is fine. However, this is tourist junk that is not of playing quality. It should be pentatonic tuned and it is not. The small gourds at the underside do not add to the sustain of the note being played above. You get what you pay for in this case.
Sat Jan 12 00:00:00 MST 2008pmh63 Rating:5.0
After my recent experience ordering from Overstock, I will continue to utilize this website! The item arrived sooner than promised, and the quality was great! We ordered a hand drum (djembe) that was made in Ghana. The price was the best I could find, the shipping costs were cheap, and the uniqueness of the carvings were beautiful. Thank you Overstock. You've gained a repeat customer.
Fri Jan 11 00:00:00 MST 2008hemetbill Rating:5.0
I had originally intended to purchase bongo drums, but my son who is highly proficient on the alto sax suggested I consider a djembe. It turned out to be a great suggestion, and the djembe I purchased through Overstock is not only a fine instrument from a musical perspective, but also aesthetically appealing as well. The hand carved base is just beautiful!
Thu Dec 20 00:00:00 MST 2007kjohanek Rating:2.0
I ordered this xylophone because Overstock has great drums and shekeres from Africa, which I've used extensively in my school and church music programs. Unfortunately, this didn't measure up as a real musical instrument. The scale is not any type of real scale (I was expecting pentatonic or diatonic), but a random series of notes that included no octave points or repetition. It looks awesome, however. The gourds, twine lashing, and hand carved wood give it a really great 'authentic' look, and if you want a conversation piece that's fun to just mess around with occasionally, it might be the kind of thing you're looking for.
Thu May 01 00:00:00 MDT 2014syrsiu Rating:4.0
Very quick delivery than another drum that I ordered with another company. That one took a month before I finally got it, but then it was shipped from Africa. I think this one came from Midwest where it was until someone placed an order for it. Nice sound to the drum and love the carving and size of the drum. But I had to return this one because there was a crack at the base that was 4 inches and went halfway thru the thickness of the wood. They even had place a glue or coating on the bottom probably to keep it from cracking further. I contact Overstock and they took care of the matter and sending a replacement. I'm hoping the next one is not cracked. Otherwise this would have been a perfect drum and I would have been a happy customer. But I figure if I'm paying for the drum it shouldn't be cracked. There is not telling if the crack will get bigger or not. And I would rather start with a drum that is not cracked. With proper care, a drum should not get a crack in it. So make sure you check your drum to make sure it's not cracked. Otherwise, I would say this is a great drum for the price and your purchase will help to support a family in Ghana. So get a drum from there. I lived 4 yrs in Ghana. So I wanted a drum from there. :-)
Thu Sep 10 00:00:00 MDT 2009farmersissy Rating:5.0
This was a birthday gift for my husband (age 51), who has had and played drums since childhood...and is quite good. After watching the film "The Visitor", I thought I'd give him a Djembe. I don't think I've ever made him happier with a gift...he plays it every night...in his man cave (the basement). It is also beautiful...a true piece of art that you could simply display.Please convey to the artisians...Nana and friends in Ghana...thank you!
Thu Mar 22 00:00:00 MDT 2012loveone7 Rating:1.0
I was so excited to order this drum. I Thought I had a great deal until I tried to play the drum. Out of the box the wood smelt great how ever I hit the center of the and quickly realized the drum was totally out of tune. Immediately I called overstock to complain and ask how can you ship an untuned instrument? The customer service rep said sir we stand behind our product. I told her the drum isnt tuned I realized she didn't know anything about Djembe drums. 1. The wood was NOT Djembe Wood 2. The rope used on the drum was Too THIN 3. The Skin of the Drum head Was Too THIN and very poor quality. So I took the drum to ***/ They have by far THE BEST drums I have seen professional grade. They offer tuning services for drum all done professionally so I left IMO drum from overstock there. I came back and the service technician said your drum head ripped! I asked why did this happen he instantly showed me how thin the skin of the drum head was compared to what they use. All the animal skins at motherland music use are imported from Africa. Clearly there was an obvious difference in quality. The owner of the store offered to replace the drum head at a discounted price however I asked how can overstock ship a drum of POOR quality. After 9 phone calls and 2 managers overstock agreed to SPLIT the cost of replacing the Drum head which was $100. So save yourself the trouble and buy from *** every drum is hand carved hand made by African craftsman. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BUY THIS DRUM. If you have any passion for drumming!!!
Fri Feb 03 00:00:00 MST 2012emilio9 Rating:5.0
Great djembe, great price, fast shipping = BUY IT.
Sat Aug 21 00:00:00 MDT 2010rowdy1941 Rating:5.0
It arrived in perfect condition! Was a gift, and my wife was delighted!!,
Fri Aug 22 00:00:00 MDT 2008markincinti Rating:5.0
This is a great drum at a great price. Nice, colorful carvings too!
Mon Sep 10 00:00:00 MDT 2007Rating:5.0
This is a Superb drum. The handcrafting is wonderful and unique. Sound is nice. Bigger than I expected!
Wed Sep 16 00:00:00 MDT 2009phixion Rating:5.0
You cannot find a better hand made drum anywhere for this price. Buy it now and you won't be disappointed. Awesome sound too.
Thu Dec 22 00:00:00 MST 2011granbaby Rating:5.0
much better price than i could find for same quality handmade djembe drum
Sat Aug 14 00:00:00 MDT 2010seattlemomofsix Rating:5.0
Beautifully carved, great sound, and an amazingly affordable price.
Mon Oct 10 00:00:00 MDT 2011sams48 Rating:5.0
Love this drum. Good sound. Made well. I would buy another one for sure.