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Meinl Tri-Tone Ibo Drum Black Ornament

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The Meinl Ibo drum combines innovation with tradition. It's made from durable fiberglass, which makes it nearly unbreakable. An additional microphone...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 11-08-2017

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Adds new sounds to the traditional instrument.

The Meinl Ibo drum combines innovation with tradition. It's made from durable fiberglass, which makes it nearly unbreakable. An additional microphone hole has been built into the shell and it has a foam-padded base for comfortable placement of the drum. It also has an additional rawhide playing surface and an extra-thin bottom for enhanced sound. 11"W x 15-1/4"H.

With its versatile range of tones, it makes a wonderful addition to any percussion ensemble. Order today!


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MeinlTri-Tone Ibo Drum

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Love It

By Jonathan Bressie

from USA

Comments about Meinl Tri-Tone Ibo Drum:

I love this instrument. It has a very unique sound and I've found uses for it in all sorts of music. I particulary love playing Indian rhythms on it. Ghatam techniques translate well, but you get more flexibility because of the extra hole and additional playing areas. Extremely glad I bought it.
There are several playing surfaces, and that makes it really versatile. It also has a hole for an internal mic. I generally play mine either upright and on its side, but there are probably several other ways as well.
Mine has some rough spots on the side hole, but other than that it is fantastic. The instrument is very sturdy and I'm certain it will outlive me. The finish is smooth and the designs are pleasing. Basically, it looks great and feels like it will last forever.
The price is a little higher compared to other udus, however, it offers more versatility than most, and it is definitely far more durable. I guess the reason it costs slightly more is that it is made of fiberglass rather than clay (which is cheaper and very fragile). Unlike the clay udus, you know that you won't need to replace it every few years due to accidental breakage. This also makes it a perfect choice for gigs.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By Gary-tJGC8

from Michigan

Comments about Meinl Tri-Tone Ibo Drum:

I don't understand the negative reviews. They must come with vested interests or perhaps from purists. I'm an ardent udu player and maker - learned at a Frank Giorgini workshop. I own about 20 udus and use them extensively in therapy and perfomance. While it's true that nothing equals a fine handbuilt udu, and the Claytones are wonderful, these fiberglass tritones are not bad at all. And their durability makes them very attractive for travellers, festival-goers and people who may have wild friends. I've had a double chamber claytone broken by a child. Anyway, I don't just accept the tone of this fiberglass one - I love it. I have another clay udu with a head, and I like the versatility it gives you. You get more tones by playing the hole while compressing the head to various tensions. This drum also has a playable bottom for higher pitches. I like it a lot, and don't quite understand the people who are calling it junk.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Pure Satisfaction

By Drumified-kf4Fg

from Salem, OR

Comments about Meinl Tri-Tone Ibo Drum:

I purchased this ibo just as an experiment to see what exactly an ibo is. Once I pulled it out of the well packaged box, I was truly amazed at how well made it was with no visible seams on the outside of the fiberglass. After playing around with it for a few weeks I finally got the hang of using the ibo. I am still astonished with the sounds that can be produced from any part of the drum. If you are considering purchasing one of these and aren't sure about it, I would strongly recommend doing so. By far, it is one of the most unique musical instruments I have ever player. This is a must buy!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Perhaps a fluke

By Flincher

from Hamilton, ON


  • Great Sound
  • Responsive
  • Versatile


  • Poorly Made

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    Comments about Meinl Tri-Tone Ibo Drum:

    I bought this because as a hiker I wanted something that I could take into the forest and play. I didn't get the opportunity to do that with this, as after a few weeks of playing at home it began cracking. Upon holding it up to a light source I could see that the crack had formed along a seam so thin light was shining through it. I returned mine for a refund but do miss the amazing sound.

    I plan on getting one again before too long but hope that mine was a rare defective one and not a flaw in every design. I may try a different model with that in mind, perhaps the wood one.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Wrong description--be careful

    By T

    from Illinois

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    Comments about Meinl Tri-Tone Ibo Drum:

    The website description says, "It also has an additional rawhide playing surface . . . ." It does not. The additional playing surface is the same material as the rest of the drum, and is not significantly tonally different. The bottom has a reasonably bright tabla-ish sound, but the body is rather dead sounding, even when taking into consideration that it is fiberglass rather than ceramic. I would suggest the Ibo with the gold trim. It actually does have the rawhide playing surface. I brought this incorrect description to the attention of several people at MF in my quest to get the right one, and a month later, the description is still wrong.

    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Not a good sounding instrument

    By apprentice air sculptor

    from Duluth, MN

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    Comments about Meinl Tri-Tone Ibo Drum:

    This looks like a really nice drum but the materials used to make it do not produce any usable sounds. The Udu, which it pretends to copy, is made of fired clay. The Ibo is like playing the box that a real Udu came in. All these Udu wannabes, including ones made of clay but with small drum heads on them, do not create the air compression needed to get an authentic clay drum sound. I have seriously gotten nice sounds out of clay pots and vases at home improvement stores and imprt stores, but not out of these poor copies of clay drums. Save yourself the disappointment and expense. Get a real Claytone Udu, or play a real clay drum at a store and decide for yourself. They're a delight to play when you get the right one.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    A very expensive decoration

    By apprentice air sculptor

    from Duluth, MN

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    Comments about Meinl Tri-Tone Ibo Drum:

    These drums are based on Udu drums, mainly the Claytone Udu drums, which are wonderful. But the similarity is in appearance only. The use of materials like fiberglass or wood will yield almost no sound at all, and certainly nothing of the resonant, pottery and tabla-like sounds of real Udu drums. Stay away from any of these spin-off drums made of useless materials. I have a couple clay Udu drums from different manufacturers and they're really fun to play. These fiberglass ones will only disappoint, as will any made from wood. Play them before buying, otherwise save yourself the time and shipping.

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