Hey everyone! Just got back from a trip to NY, and thought I would post this pic if anyone is interested. Its from the Austral Islands, early 19th century. It said only about a dozen of the drums are still intact. They are made out of cylinders of hardwood, and the head stretched out sharkskin.
It was pretty tall, I would say 5'-6'. It also said that they were very highly appreciated as there are eighteenth-century sketches that were discovered by early European explorers in Tahati (400 miles away). They didn't start micing it until the late 20th century though. ; )