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You have found the Fire Circle, which is outside in the courtyard.  This is where we gather in the
evenings around the fire to play our drums, dance and enjoy our Taldish Castle community.
Clive Nakola is the drum warden.  Clive is a big fan of mushrooms.  He takes care of the fire circle
and the drums.  Look around.  He has drums and accessories for sale.  From professional djembes
to drums for the casual player.
Drum buying tips and guidance         Drums only ship within Continental U.S., thanks.
Drum Circle Advice

Note: The drums pictured are the stock that will be in the booth when we go to Indy Pagan Pride
They are not for sale on the web site but this will give a heads up of what we will have and the prices.

An important note about shipping:  Drums are big and heavy.  All drums will be shipped via FedEx.

Due to the limitations of our free PayPal shopping cart, shipping calculations are awkward at best.
Shipping calculations are based on the highest cost which we might incur.  For us that would be
shipping a drum from Wisconsin to California.  To ship our biggest drum there will cost $60.
Shipping the same drum to Indiana would cost about $30.  The actual cost will never exceed what
you are charged but you will very likely be refunded for any overcharge on the shipping.
That is Taldish Castle's general shipping policy on all orders.  It is important for you to know that
when you order a drum.  So order with confidence!  Taldish Castle looks after its customers.



fiberglass-siesta-xl.jpg Siesta - XL

The Siesta - XL is 24 inches tall with  an 11 inch diameter head.  The shell is made of fiberglass, which makes this drum quite light for its size at 7 pounds.  The skin is African goat.  This djembe incorporates the classic three ring construction.  One ring to secure the bottom of the vertical cords and two rings at the top to secure the skin.
The Siesta - XL has deep bass with good sustain.  The high notes have a pleasantly soft ring, giving the drum a useful range.
The bottom of the shell has a rubber base to protect the drum and your floors.

Item # TFD-001
Price $175.00








pvc-tribal-xxl.jpg Tribal - XXL

The Tribal - XXL is 26.5 inches high with a 13 inch diameter head.  The shell is made from PVC, making this large drum surprisinly light.  The skin is African goat.  This djembe incorporates the classic three ring construction.  One ring to secure the bottom of the vertical cords and two rings at the top to secure the skin.
The Tribal - XXL produces powerful bass with moderate sustain and relatively rounded high notes.
This is a powerful, bass drum of around 8.5 pounds.

Item # TFD-002
Price $225.00







Never put any oil or conditioner on your drum skin.  The natural oil from your hands as you play is the best thing for your goat skin drum. Other substances will ultimately harm it.





pvc-tribal-xl.jpg Tribal - XL

The Tribal - XL is 23.5 inches tall with  an 11 inch diameter head.  The shell is made of PVC, which makes this drum incedibly light for its size at 5 pounds.  The skin is synthetic skin, which is largely unaffected by humidity.  This djembe incorporates the classic three ring construction.  One ring to secure the bottom of the vertical cords and two rings at the top to secure the skin.
The Tribal - XL has tight bass with mild sustain.  The high notes have a crisp ring, giving the drum a good range.
The bottom of the shell has a rubber base to protect the drum and your floors.



Item # TFD-003
Price $175.00



savanna-fire-xl.jpg Savanna Fire -XL

The Savanna Fire is 26 inches high with a 12 inch diameter head.  The shell is made from sustainably harvested African heartwood mahogany.  The wood is kiln dried with multiple applications of teak oil to prevent cracks.  The inside is  grooved with a spiral pattern for  optimum air flow to maximize volume and to create a vortex of sound.
the skin is made from select, untreated African Goat.  Every aspect of this drum's construction is focused on quality and comfort.  This is a professional drum, which uses four ring construction.  This is the medium pro series drum with tight, strong bass, low sustain and stunning high notes.
This drum is heavy at just under 15 pounds.

Item # TFD-004
Price $285.00





Never put any oil or conditioner on your drum skin.  The natural oil from your hands as you play is the best thing for your goat skin drum. Other substances will ultimately harm it.

starfire-tall.jpg Important info about Freedom Drums. 
At Taldish Castle we like to sell good, high quality products and we look for suppliers of products that fit with our principles.  Freedom Drums is such a company.  I was deeply impressed not only with their dedication to building top quality drums but also by their strong determination to ensure that the materials used in these drums are from sustainable sources.  They are intensely aware not only of the destructive consequences of illegal wood harvesting to Mother Earth, but also the negative consequences to spiritual energy by using such a drum.  Imagine using a drum for shamanic journeys or healing when the very soul of the drum is tainted by greed and malicious disregard for morality.
Have no fear when buying a Freedom Drum.  All wood used in these djembes is compliant with the Lacey Act
Freedom Drums asserts that 99% of the drums sold on ebay  are made from illegal wood.   "they simply do not compare in quality to our products, and thus they are sold extremely cheap, because their quality is also cheap. They are beneath the expectations of any serious drummer or anyone serious about buying from a trusted source."
Strong stuff.
Not to say that there are not other sources of reputable drums but Taldish Castle is honored to sell only Freedom Drums.  We want to ensure that the drums you buy have heart and soul worthy to express the rhythms that pour out from your own heart and soul.

Blessed Be!












black-diamond-l.jpg Black Diamond - L

The Black Diamond is 20 inches tall with a 9.5 inch diameter head.  The shell is made from sustainably harvested African heartwood mahogany.  The wood is kiln dried with multiple applications of teak oil to prevent cracks.  The inside is  grooved with a spiral pattern for  optimum air flow to maximize volume and to enhance the quality of sound.
the skin is made from select, untreated African Goat.  Every aspect of this drum's construction is focused on quality and comfort.  This is a professional drum, which uses four ring construction.  One ring to secure the bottom vertical cords and three rings to secure the top to eliminate slippage.
The Black Diamond - L has a tight, sharp bass with light sustain and beautiful high notes.
This is a powerful, loud, little drum of around 9 pounds.
Item # TFD-005
Price $139.00




Never put any oil or conditioner on your drum skin.  The natural oil from your hands as you play is the best thing for your goat skin drum. Other substances will ultimately harm it.




doumbeks.jpg Doumbeks

These fun drums are usually used to crack out the rhythm for belly dancers.  The pair pictured are made of fiberglass with synthetic heads.  While they have bass, it is high with limited sustain.  The upper notes are very crisp and loud.  These are tunable with an allan wrench.



Item # TFD-006
Price $129.00

















hv-strapon-paulette.jpghv-straponback-paulette.jpg I don't know about you but when I drum I really want to move around and dance and jump.  That's where these drum straps come in very handy.  Now it is true that you can use a long piece of webbing or some such but in my experience they tend to slip and are not really comfortable for long periods of time.  There is also the problem that a webbing strap is always tied to your drum so if you want to pick up another drum it needs another strap and then there are always webbing straps tied to your drums and that gets a little cumbersome.
That is why I like to use these well made, professional drum straps.  They quickly clip to the upper cords of the drum.  The straps are easily adjustable for height and playing angle.
Some may ask, "why is the mannequin naked?"  I say that until you have drummed naked in a drum circle and danced with fire and other naked people, you have missed something very special.
That is why she is naked.  To promote a Heathen lifestyle.  "Like a true natures child, we were born... Born to be wild!"  Fire all of the drums at once "and explode into space."










Paulette is seen wearing the Heavy Duty Drum Strap.  This strap is well made and padded throughout and designed to carry the heaviest drum with ease.


drum-strap-hv.jpg Heavy Duty Drum Strap

heavily reinforced and well padded, the HV Drum Strap will support a heavy drum with ease.  The special clips are designed to quickly slip onto the upper cords around the drum or onto other supports such as those found on a key-tunable drum.  The Freedom Drum Logo is on the back of the lower back support.
The straps are adjustable so it is easy to set the height of the drum and the angle.  This makes it easy to have the drum right in front of you or at an angle for walking.
The clips make it easy to swap drums.
Item # TFD-009
Price $30.00







drum-strap-psychedelic.jpg Drum Strap - Tie Dyed

This drum strap has the same clips as the Heavy Duty but the design is lighter (and more colorful).  However it is every bit as secure and fully adjustable.  Once you use a drum strap like this you won't want to go back to any other kind of makeshift strap or cord.
Item # TFD-010
Price $25.00







drum-strap-candytiger.jpg Drum Strap - Regular Pattern

Exactly as the strap above.  Just a different color style.
Item # TFD-011
Price $25.00







bag-heavy-duty-blk.jpg Case Heavy Duty - Black

You will greatly appreciate the Heavy Duty Drum Case.  Not only does it offer outstanding protection to your drum, it also makes it a breeze to carry around.  The heavy duty case is loaded with features.  It is well padded throughout.  The exterior is a heavy nylon material while the interior is a smooth nylon material to allow your drum to slide in and out with ease.  This bag has a full array of backpack straps.  Two padded shoulder straps and a belt to secure it to your waist.  If you don't want to carry it on your back there is a strong handle with a rubber grip.  On the front of the bag is a large zippered pocket for carrying all kinds of things, like rattles, flutes, wood blocks, et cetera.  There is even a second zippered pocket on top of the other pocket. 
We highly recommend keeping your drum in a bag any time you are not playing it.
Item # TFD-012
Three sizes are
available
L: 20"x11"-$55
XL: 24"x14"-$65
XXL: 26"x16"-$75




Size

bag-heavy-duty-rasta.jpg Case Heavy Duty - Rasta

This is exactly like the bag above but this one has a color scheme.  Otherwise it has all of the same great features as the black heavy duty case.
Item # TFD-013
Two sizes are
available
L: 20"x11"-$55
XL: 24"x14"-$65




Size

bag-light-duty-brown.jpg Case Light Duty - Brown

The light duty case is recommended for lighter, fiberglass drums.  The bag is lighter and not as heavily padded as the other cases.  However it still offers good protection against scuffs and moisture.  This bag has shoulder straps and a large front pocket with a velcro closure.
The light duty bag features an elastic "waist band" to allow the bag to custom fit your drum and keep your cargo snug.
Item # TFD-014
Three sizes are
available
L: 20"x11"-$36
XL: 24"x14"-$43
XXL: 26"x16"-$47




Size



The type of djembe you choose will be based on many personal factors.  One thing is for sure, the size of the drum has nothing to do with skill or experience.  All of the drums I sell have at least a 9 inch playing surface.  Any adult drummer should have a drum that is no smaller.  Some of the drums on this page are called "professional".  This has to do with how the drum is constructed, not the skill of the player.
As a drum sales person I have the advantage of having lots of drums to play with.  When I am in a drum circle I mostly use my Conquering Lion XL.  A mid size professional.  I just happen to like it but sometimes I like to have a smaller, lighter drum to push the high notes and sometimes I grab a big synthetic XXL to give the group a nice bass.  From time to time I use a rattle or my sticks to just provide some metronome help.
Another factor to consider is the material on the head of the drum.  Goat skin or synthetic.  Freedom Drums uses a very high quality synthetic material called FiberSkin, which holds its tune really well. In general, goat skin drums have more tonal range but the quality of sound between goat and synthetic is really a matter of taste... I like both.


If you are a novice and you want your first drum I suggest going with a fiberglass shell with a synthetic head.  the drum is light, durable, fun and offers a good range of tonal quality










You also have to decide between fiberglass or wood.
Fiberglass is a wonderful material in a drum.  It tends to produce more volume with a more "resonating tone" with better bass.  They are light and durable.  Well suited to carrying around to drum circles and events, which may be outside.
Wood djembes produce a more full, complex tone.  I like to think that wood is the remains of a once living thing, therefore the sound it produces has more life in it.  But wood is heavy and sometimes the subtle sounds may get lost in a really big drum circle.
It is worth noting that all wooden Freedom Drums are made with sustainably harvested hard wood, like mahogany from Mali.  All Freedom Drums wood comes from Africa.  Not Indonesia.  There are many traditional woods used in djembes.  You may run across drums made from tweneboa.  Contrary to some belief, this wood is NOT a traditional djembe wood.  It is just good enough for a djembe but is really too soft and prone to cracks.  Tweneboa is a soft wood, which fails to produce the resonant and explosive sound of a hardwood djembe.
It has been my pleasure to sell several people their first drum.  It is a most gratifying experience that usually includes many hugs and handshakes.  As someone who has been drumming for several years I classify myself as a "good" drummer.  I do not consider myself a great drummer by any means.  However the experiences I have enjoyed with my own drum helps me realize that owning a drum is like owning a magical canoe.  It can take you places and show you reflections in the waters of your journey that can change your life.  When I sell a drum to someone I share in the excitement of the things to come.












Drum Circle Etiquette
If you are new to drumming, one of the best ways to learn is to join a drum circle with many other drummers.  It is a great way to watch others and "find your voice".
The first thing to do when coming into a drum circle is listen.  Get a sense of the general rhythm.  I like to place my hand on the skin of my drum and feel the rhythm there.  Then subtly put that rhythm into your body and dance where you are sitting.  Move the dance to your arms and start making a simple, quiet beat that only you can hear.  As you get into it and your confidence grows, make it louder until you are a contributor.  Never forget to listen.
One thing you do not want to do is sit down and start banging away like a child and doing your own thing.  Not only will you be out of harmony but you will be disruptive and will probably garner some dirty looks.
In most drum circles there may be one or more great drummers.  Be a good drummer and let them do their thing.  They need your support.  Give them that all important steady beat and enjoy what they do.  At some point they will let go and pass the opportunity to another to take the stage.  If you are confident and have something to contribute do so with an open, loving heart.  The magic happens when you recognize that you are part of a community of fellow drummers.

The best drum circles I have been in include dancers and fire.  The dancers, drummers and fire form a kind of energy circle that is quite an amazing thing to be a part of.