Native American Drum Mount

SmoothOperator

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Does anyone know of a way to mount Native American style frame drums? I recently checked one out from my local library musical instrument program, I liked it so much, I purchased one. I plan on using it mostly standing and dancing, but it has such a nice sound, I think it would be nice to add to my percussion setup.

I think it is interesting the rawhide handle seems to be integral to the sound, the whole thing resonates kind of like a gong. The library also had a tunable bohdran, with wooden hand not any thing like these light and flexible Native Drums.

Maybe I should just add the ankle shakers, and go the other way.
 

SmoothOperator

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Maybe hang it from a boom stand?
I was thinking about using a cymbal stand, maybe with a cradle of some sort. Like a four prong fork for it to rest on.

I did get the ankle rattles out, I had to modify them to be bigger, but this worked. Its high energy.

These frame drums go right to the heart, I can feel the vibrations in my chest.
 

SmoothOperator

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It isn't exactly what I want either. The tone isn't nearly as good when I hold on to the frame. The rawhide suspension is awesome, the whole thing radiates, also the frame itself provides a very loud clicking sound which is useful for certain rhythms.

I think something like a snare stand might work, maybe with a net for it to rest on.

Mine is about 16" inches in diameter, and is tied like the one below.

 

Vintage Old School

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Can't see the picture you posted. Would something like a small circular gong frame work that you could tie the rawhide strips to for suspension?
 

SmoothOperator

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Can't see the picture you posted. Would something like a small circular gong frame work that you could tie the rawhide strips to for suspension?


I think it was interesting the one I checked out from the library, had the head glued to the frame with a raw hide handle that was attached to the frame separately with a simple X shape, that's when I realized it was so integral to the tone.
 
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