- All Natural Beautifully Tanned ELK Rawhide Drum Head
- Leather-Wrapped Handle
- Includes Standard Mallet
- Lightweight 1 7/8-inch Wide Frame (1" less than Bob's 2 7/8" wide frame for 12" drum, but still a good frame)
- Made in the U.S.
- Now Offered in Decorated or Painted Options, see separate listings
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- Being A Natural Product, Each Drum Will Vary In Appearance
ELK 12" Drum w/ Mallet
12" Elk Drum Description:
All-natural Elkhide drumhead for beauty and a bit deeper tone (as opposed to deerhide drums on frames of this size). Indeed, an Elk Drum is a step up from others.
The 12" is chosen by most customers because it is lightweight, easy to play and carry, will fit in most carry-on bags, backpacks, etc. and is beautiful to behold and listen to. (See additional notes below.)
Excellent quality, these drums are produced right here in America. You will find these drums to have sturdy laminated frames and strong inner lacing to assure durability.
Additional Thoughts (Please read, this is equally important):
1. It is key to note that a 12" drum is considered small. It is a mere one inch wider than a standard sheet of paper is long (11"). So, to get an idea of its size, simply look at a sheet of paper and imagine it one inch longer.
This is a great drum due to its size, makes it so easy and portable. It is lightweight, which allows you to hold it in playing position for a long time without tiring. But its size dictates its voice, so don't expect a big booming sound from this drum. Trust me, it will project its voice perfectly for its size.
2. All natural drums are made from the hides of animals. In the sacred traditions of shamans, it is said the animals present themselves to provide sustenance and to aid humans with food, clothing and spiritual growth. In return, humans provide their own bodies back to the Earth Mother to continue the Great Wheel of Life across multiple generations of lifeforms.
3. Because these drums include animal hides, you may notice a scar, scratch or other imperfection in your drum. These imperfections do not affect the sound of a drum, else I would not use them. These marks are the results of the animal's life experience in the wild. When you think about it, we all carry scars of one sort or another, inside or outside in our own life experiences. The point is that we should respect and honor the animals for what they give to us. Their own last full measure was gifted to us to aid our development and wisdom. Natural drums are among the greatest of teachers because of this.
Aho & Namaste,