and i have no idea what's the best for what price? can anyone help me please? i see aluminum, copper, brass bodies for the bayan body. which one is the best? also which cases are better? any help, advice or information would be appreciated. thanks
The aluminum sets are far too light to play ,At least this was my find. A good copper, or brass set will be good, as well as last much longer. If you can wait until you've saved up your cash, This is what I'd buy.Also its best to have any hard shell case to protect them. Now I'm telling you from someone who's bought junk, & just ended up buy another tabla set wait until the cash comes. Also check out ali akbar college of music...........Peace
yeah generally aluminum isnt good for tabla. mines Nickel over brass and it is very good, everyone who feels it complements on it. Anything you buy at Ali Akbar Khan College will be very high quality I think. Buckingham Music is also a high quality place.
that all proves helpful. now about had cases, i have seen, are they called side by side cases and ive also seen cases where it looks like you sit them on top of one another. i would think the side by side cases are better for the drum, any ideas? also i have heard that how you learn to play is very important. i dont know anything about this yet either, thanks again
Well in your case for the bayan don't get aluminum , don't get the brass colored one either. so think shiny silver and heavy. Try www.buckinghammusic.com if don't already have a place to buy one.There not the lowest price but they are garanteed satisfaction . If you can go to a dealer that's best then you can hear them first. There are a lot of details but if you can hear them first that is enough assuming someone there can hit a note. Next thing remember they are finger drums not bongos. New tabla players often ruin there drums beating them like congas. Find a teacher in fact if you can do that first you'll be much better off . Check some older posts on how to find them , there are usually some player in the indian community. Go to the restarants and indian grocery stores. Check the composition section on our website there are of info links and some beginning lessons . Happy drumming Warren
yes i definately have decided on finding a teacher. i live in an area where music is important so i am already on the search for someone to teach me even before i get my drums. im still wondering about a case though.
A sport or gig bag does fine unless your planning to travel a lot. I find these to be the most convenient for everyday use. The side by side cases are good but the black fiber (plastic looking )ones sometimes have to good a seal and I have seen some problems with them where moisture condenses in and causes a problem for the drums. tall case and a few other very cool shaped cases are good . Just watch out for the black side by sides