Bongos (5″-9″ heads)
Single head: $85
Both heads: $160
Single head: $150
Two heads: $285
Duns: One Head (use existing rope)
Whole Set: $490
Duns: Both Heads (includes new rope)
Whole Set: $700
Standard size 9-11″: $200. We replace the entire head with fresh ropes.
We use medium thickness African cow skin for this.
New pegs: $7 each
Synthetic (Vegan) Djembes:
Right now we are offering reskins for 12″ drums only using our Remo pre-fabricated heads.
Please note, as the skin is pre-cast we can can only offer this service for djembe drums right on 12″ in diameter. Cost $220. We do sell synthetic sheets suitable for up to 12.5″ djembes if you want to give it a crack and skin your own drum
We have synthetic Galharet Elfan replacement heads from Egypt suitable for most standard size darbuka & sombaty. We also have replacments heads for our Eagle style darbuka
Darbuka / Sombaty Reskin $100
Please note: This does not include replacing rivets. All drums will be assessed on site before the work commences.
We can skin many drums: peg drums, lug/hardware drums, East African drums, Middle Eastern frame drums, American drums and more. Bring it in and we’ll see what we can do!
If your drum needs its rope replaced due to damage or if you simply want to freshen up your drum with new colours, we offer this service here at AD.
Verticals Only with Standard 4 or 5mm rope
10-11″ drum: $55 (4mm rope standard)
12-13″ drum: $65
14-15″ drum: $70
All Rope including Ring rope
10-11″ drum: $65 (4mm rope standard)
12-13″ drum: $95
14-15″ drum: $100
How long will it take?
The process generally takes between 3 and 7 days from start to finish. Some jobs take longer and high demand can affect the wait time. We will provide an estimated finish date upon assessment.
Reskin or Replace?
If your drum is hand-carved, of good quality, or has sentimental value then it is well worth re-skinning. If the drum is a cheaper machine-turned Indonesian or Indian djembe, or a smaller drum with a head of 10″ or less, we recommend replacement as it is either cheaper to get a new one, or only an extra few bucks for an upgrade to a brand new drum! Check out our Indo Series.
What kind of skins do we use?
We use premium goat hide, or cow if requested. We stock a variety of quality hides in a range of colours and thicknesses.
What if I don’t live in Melbourne?
No worries – we re-skin drums from around the country. Send your drum to us and we’ll reskin it and send it back, adding return postage to the total.
If you’d like to go ahead, let us know you’re sending your drum in. Please include your mobile number and return address, as well as the desired sound and/or skin/rope colour(s) of your choice. We will let you know the drum has arrived at our HQ and give you an assessment and quote. Once the drum is finished, we settle payment and send it back to you via AusPost!
Does the price include shipping?
No. We will send you a quote for shipping once we see the drum and assess the required work.
The sound and the Finish
Let us know what kind of sound you’re looking for so that we can find the perfect skin for you. Alternatively, have our drum maker to balance the skin to the drum.
Drum Maker’s Choice– We choose the best skin for the shell.
Beginners – Thin-Medium. Easier to find sounds, easier on the hands.
All-Rounder – Medium skin, balanced to the shell for good all round range.
Soloist – Thin or Thin-Medium for volume and clear high ends.
Thick – Favoured by experienced players with tough hands and well developed technique. Offers rich, deep tonal ranges.
Our reskins are covered under our 5 month graduated warranty, so you can be confident that we stand behind our craftsmanship.
Talk to us about your drum
(03) 9525 3073
African Drumming, 252 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda, VIC 3182