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Does anyone know of a way I can tell what material my bayan is made from ?
Aluminium is very light, and a plated drum will be quite heavy, similar in weight to the tabla (wooden drum).
Also, you can hit the small round base of the baya and hear if it makes a metallic 'ping' sound, which is an indication of copper or brass (which is what is under the plating).
Also, a plated drum will be shiny, and aluminium tends to be a more matte-silver colour.
Hope this helps,
Thanks for that - I'm 99% sure that my drum is plated.