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Thread: Which wood for Capoeira Drum

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    Which wood for Capoeira Drum

    Hi guys. So I am planning to build a big drum called an 'atabaque' - like this:



    It will be for our local capoeira group It is traditionally made of Brazillian Rosewood which I believe has a density of about 850kg/m3 (53lb/ft3) when dried.

    I don't know, but I think, it would be very hard/ expensive to get hold of Brazilian Rosewood here in the UK, so basically wondered if you guys had any advice for a more attainable alternative - hopefully something with that will sound similar (So I guess it has to have a similar density)..

    Thanks.

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    Ash, beech, and oak are a little less dense, but according to this chart, they are approaching the density of rosewood. Here's another chart, this time from a UK site. Can you get your hands on any Rock Elm?
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    Hay Vaughn, they look like useful tables, nice one
    Like you say there are a few woods that look like they might be ok for it, but I guess things like hardness and grain structure will also affect the sound ??

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    Hi Bongo.

    Here is site of African style drums that are made of maple or walnut.

    http://www.livingpictures.org/africandrums.htm

    And here is discussion of what woods to use for snare drums. Not really your application, but interesting background information.

    http://home.earthlink.net/~prof.sound/id14.html

    Hope this helps.
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