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The Meinl Daf interprets a classical Persian frame drum with a rich tradition. With ring snares nearly all the way around the inside of the drum, the...Click To Read More About This Product
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The sounds of Persia in a lightweight, modern design.
The Meinl Daf interprets a classical Persian frame drum with a rich tradition. With ring snares nearly all the way around the inside of the drum, the Daf is played with a lot of movement.
Meinl placed the rings in 3 sections, at the top of the Daf, and on the left and right sides. This tempers the effect of the ring snares while saving some weight. It also enables you to readily develop new techniques. Meinl equips the Daf with a great sounding and super-stable True Feel synthetic head, that is both comfortable to play and produces warm, open tones.
Size: 20" x 2-1/2"
True Feel synthetic head
Features metal rings for special effects
Extra lightweight construction
Includes Allen wrench
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Reviewed by 1 customer
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- Flat Sound
- Not Sensitive
Comments about Meinl Daf:
First, the good stuff:
The frame is well-constructed. It feels solid to the hands, and yet it is light and easy to manipulate in the traditional upright playing position. The metal rings are attached to the inside of the rim by means of eye-screws - nice, clean appearance. Overall, it is an attractive and well-crafted instrument.
However: the head on this drum was very slack. So slack, in fact, that the various attacks (doum, pah, etc) completely lacked definition and character. Seriously, it was flapping in the wind. I've never held a daf that was tuned so low as to be this lacking in character regardless of technique. Now, I understand that a larger daf is going to be low in pitch, but the skin on this guy was so loose that it was visually noticable.
For example: the zone at the rim was completely unresponsive to sharp attacks. Techniques that typically produce sharp accents on other daf I've played produced only washed-out pongs that were lost in overtones typical to a poorly-tuned drum.
Given that I may not have the best technique in the world, I spent a while taking this instrument for a spin, working with it to see what I could wring out of it. I gave this daf the benefit of the doubt and ran through all my exercises. Remembering the high resonance I could get playing the rim of my buddy's daf, I remained unsatisfied. In the end, I began wondering if it wasn't just poor quality control or bad design.
If this model had been tunable, these issues may have been remedied. But, in the absence of a tuning system, I found it hard to fall in love with the tone of this drum.
In fairness, styles vary and you may enjoy the deep and boomy overtones of a poorly-tuned drum with an extremely slack head. Me? I returned it.