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Yes, we can reskin your drum!

When that fateful day comes and your drum goes ‘pop’ it can be a bit of a shock. Sometimes it happens silently in the night, other times it goes out with a bang. Don’t despair – it happens to every drum eventually. See it as an opportunity to get a beautiful new skin, maybe try a different sound and get a new colour rope if you fancy. We’ll have your drum back in action in no time.  Here’s all you need to know.

Djembes

10″-11″ Head Diameter
$115 = Standard goat skin off and on
$135 = Re-skin with new rope & oil (optional/if needed)
$165 = Full refurb including new skin, rope, crack repair*

12″-14″ Head Diameter
$145 = Standard goat skin off and on
$175 = Re-skin with new rope & oil (optional/if needed).
$200 = Full refurb including new skin, rope, oil & crack repair*

Prices include GST. You can also add a change of rings, skin upgrade or protective rubber base at additional cost – see Extra Work below.
* Please note in some cases where extreme damage to the drum is noted, extra charges may apply. We will discuss options with you before commencing work.
For over-sized drums, please contact us at [email protected] or (03) 9525 3073

 

Other Drums

Bongos (5″-9″ heads)

Single head: $65
Both heads: $120

Congas

Single head: $120
Two heads: $230

Duns: One Head

Kenkeni: $140
Sangban: $160
Dununba: $190
Whole Set: $450

Duns: Both Heads (includes new rope at no charge) 

Kenkeni: $250
Sangban: $290
Dununba: $350
Whole Set: $640

Kpanlogo

Standard size 9-11″: $150. We replace the entire head with fresh ropes.
We use medium thickness African cow skin for this.
New pegs: $6 each

Synthetic (Vegan): $30 in addition to regular pricing

We have a fabulous synthetic skin option if you prefer to head in that direction. Due to the size of our synthetic product, we can can only offer this service for drums up to 12.5″ in diameter.

Something Else?

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!

 

Rope

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

 

Extra Work

We’ll assess your drum as it arrives. If your drum needs it or you request it, we’ll oil the shell for free. If we find that there are issues with the drum which need to be addressed and may incur additional charges, we’ll call you discuss the options for your drum before we start our work. Extra work may include:

Skin Upgrade: $15 – $25

Ask for Premium African goat skin for the true African djembe sound.
If you prefer the warm pop of cow on your drum, just say the word.

New Rings: $10 – $18 per ring

Some drums have been made with rings that are poorly welded or too big. This can compromise the skin and lead to poor sound quality or breakage. To get the best sound out of your drum and for the skin to last the longest you need the rings to be the right size. See our ring pricing options here.

Hairline Cracks

Over time these can become more severe and eventually cause major issues for the shell. If repaired correctly the drum retains its structural integrity for life.
Price dependant on in house assessment.

Protective Rubber Foot: $50

Add a protective rubber base to the bottom of your drum. Protects the drum from damage due to vibration and dropping onto hard surfaces.

Overlap and Hair-on Skins: $10

Decorative overlap where the skin is stretched below the rings. This can be done with the hair left on the edge of the skin for a wild look.

 

FAQs

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.

Warranty

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
[email protected]
African Drumming, 252 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda, VIC 3182

I received my drum yesterday and the results are fantastic. Thank you all for the care and consideration you must take to ensure best results. I love the new skin and the sounds the drum now makes. I’m sure the wonderful African gentleman the drum was purchased from many moons ago would be suitably impressed, as I am. Again, thank you for your time and effort. I can’t wait now to show it off in the next drum circle, and will be telling people from up this way that the only place to go for all drum repairs is your shop.

Brett Gilbee