May, 2019

"Recently I flew to San Jose, CA and then drove to Santa Cruz to Drum Skull. I had the pleasure of meeting the team and learning about their process for repairing Djembes. I left my Djembe toI have a new skin put on and when it was returned two weeks later, OMG, Wow, what a difference in the sound. There is a local drum store in my area that's replaced the head on my other drum and there is a wortld of difference in the quality of workmanship. Highly, Highly recommend Drum Skull."

- Naim (Google review)

March, 2019

"The quality of the instruments that Matt and crew build are top tier. I'd never go anywhere else. The quality and sound produced is nothing short of beautiful. The friendly, family atmosphere in the shop is refreshing and inspirational."

- Joe (Google review)

February, 2019

"Wow! I just got my profeesional djembe restored with new rings, ropes and head. I can’t keep my hands off of it! From the customer service to the finished product I could not be more happy. Thank you Drumskull for bringing my drum back to life!!"

- Black Sheep (Google review)

October, 2018

"The best."

- Valerie (Google review)

October 20, 2018

"The drum arrived. It is fantastic. Thank you so much!"

- Dave Ayers, Chalfont, PA

October 16, 2018

"The drum just arrived. Its a beauty. Sounds awesome. Thank you."

- Rick, Asheville, NC

October 2, 2018

"I just unboxed the djembe….it looks great. The drum sounds great! Keep it happening! Thanks again. It was great working with everyone and I really appreciate the quick turn around and how it turned out."

- Lynden, Isabella, MN

September 24, 2018

"Hello Drumskull! Thank you so much for the beautiful job done on my new drum. What a drum! Having spent a bit of time with it I can say without hesitation that it is one of the finest djembes that I have been lucky enough to play. Cheers and keep up the loving work! All the best,"

- Matthew, Sacramento, CA

August 10, 2018

"Please tell Matt I love the djembe! Fantastic sound. Exactly my style. PERFECT!!! Also love the blue hats."

- Michael, Old Orchard Beach, ME

August 10, 2018

"I wanted to thank you all for my drum. I ADORE IT! It sounds wonderful and I've been practicing every day since I got it, which helps a lot! Thank you again!"

- Karine, Paradise Valley, AZ

December 18, 2017

"Brilliant work in imparting a new life into my time-and-righteous-beating damaged djembe! Your work is impeccable…my drum is truly like new. The crack you fixed has completely disappeared, the new skin is simply beautiful and is just a dream to tone-tone-slap! Everything–tonality, pitch, action, aesthetics…you guys are amazing. Even the addition of the rubber base-ring (a pleasant surprise!) makes this the finest Djembe I've ever laid either my eyes or my hands on. Inwali, DrumSkulls!"

- Jason, Tucson, AZ

November 21, 2017

"Wanted to say thanks again for putting the new skin on my drum. It sounds wonderful and is a joy to play. Thank you."

- Lynden, Isabella, MN

November 17, 2017

"The mahogany Dunun set is amazing!  Nice work, as always! Babe magnets, for sure."

- Don, Charlottesville, VA

October 25, 2017

"Just properly playing my drum for the first time - it's a firecracker! Omg, truly it's a thing of beauty! You guys did a great job getting it tight."

- Jamie, Newcastle, England

September 18, 2017

"Thank you for super friendly service. Matt's has shown his true talent to put the superior and quality work into my DSD drum. He has my high respect. Thumbs-up. Many thanks again."

- Cuong, Fridley, MN

September 14, 2017

"Many thanks DSD.  Drum arrived safely.  Professional packaging and drum well-protected.  Drum sounds and looks great, and is a great complement to my other DSD drum which is a little bigger, heavier and lower tuned.  This is my 3rd transaction with DSD (2 new and one repair), all done over the 'net and phone.  I put my trust in DSD and I have not been disappointed.  Attention to detail and craftsmanship are unsurpassed.  Special thanks to Sahar for working with me to close a deal on a Sunday when DSD was officially closed!"

- Gary, British Columbia, Canada

July 20, 2017

"Dear Drumskull. The djembe puller bar is absolutely fantastic. Thanks so much!"

- Derek, Tallahassee, FL

May 17, 2017

"I received my drum this afternoon and it looks and plays great! I've been 'breaking it in' over the last hour and a half and I could continue playing it for at least another 5 hours. Thanks to you and everyone at Drumskulls for providing amazing service and exceptional craftsmanship! It's much appreciated!"

- Davis, Santa Barbara, CA

May 17, 2017

"Just received my drum. It's amazing! Looks great and sounds incredible. Thanks for all the help and work you guys put in."

- Mike, Schenectady, NY

April 30, 2017

"Just a quick note to let you know that my drum (#8879) was delivered on schedule and arrived safely. Despite some reluctance to buy a drum over the internet, your fine reputation and the beauty of the photos you posted convinced me to jump at it. The drum is truly a breathtaking work of art, and, in my opinion it is worthy of a place in a museum. It has instantly become a cherished possession. All and all, I am absolutely delighted, and will not hesitate to recommend you without reservation, should the occasion arise."

- Richard, Vernon, CT

February 24, 2017

"Thanks so much for doing such a nice job on my drum. It arrived safely, plays and looks great. Thanks again."

- Sheila, Palo Alto, CA

February 1, 2017

"I got Djembe today. Thank you very much. That's a nice one. I'll treasure that forever."

- Yoshiko, Nara, Japan

January 24, 2017

"The drum arrived today. I love it! Big thanks to you and the folks at DS."

- Nancy, Britsh Columbia, Canada

January 12, 2017

"I am so impressed with every aspect of this djembe! Thanks drumskull tribe!"

- Jonathan, Ridgeway, CO

December 13, 2016

"The Djembe has arrived in perfect condition. Playing this excellent instrument is great fun. Thank you very much."

- Winfried, Euskirchen, Germany

November 17, 2016

"The djembe sounds great. A big thank you to everyone at Drumskull for doing such quality work!"

- Steve, Kihei, HI

October 4, 2016

"Drum arrived! Sounds SICK! I played the drum out last night. Was everything I hoped it would be...and more!"

- Andy, Chicago, IL

September 22, 2016

"Fantastic work, off the chart, great sound. Thanks for the help!"

- Michael, Delray Beach, FL

July 5, 2016

"I recieve your djembe. Nice, sounding beautiful. Thanks for all."

- Martin, Meerbusch, Germany

June 1, 2016

"Good day Drumskull Team. I have received the drum in hand. It's way past my expectations!!!! Very very clean craftsmanship and it sounds great, sharp clear slaps!!!! Thanks again guys!!!!! Keep up the excellent work."

- Brian, Commewijne, Suriname

May 13, 2016

"I received my djembe. Yay!!! Absolutely LOVE it!!!!!!"

- Mike, Williamstown, NJ

April 19, 2016

"Love this drum. Warm regards to the team there. Took it to African dance class last night right after it arrived and it sang. I like the exposed ring in the bottom. Looks really cool and the ropes all look great together. The size is great for me."

- Stephen, Bend, OR

April 19, 2016

"Hi guys! I just wanted to say that the djembe that you re-headed arrived yesterday. It looks FANTASTIC! Great job (as usual). Here's an exact quote from Phil - it's actually his drum - when I sent him a photo of it. He's a student studying Music Therapy and percussion at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I may not have the spelling of his comment exactly right, but here it is: 'eeewwwwooooooohhhhaaaaaahhh I'm on my knees bowing down in thanks to the goat animal and drum gods. Can't wait to get my hands on that!' I think you have two happy customers!"

- Ron, Livermore, CA

April 11, 2016

"Thank you guys so much for the great work done to my drum.  I've received it and I love it."

- Gbassay, Brooklyn Center, MN

April 11, 2016

"Just a note to say thanks and I love my drum!! Love it!!"

- Deborah, Reno, NV

March 21, 2016

"Wow. My drum just arrived and I love it. Can't wait for my next class. Thanks very much!"

- Gloria, Carson City, NV

March 21, 2016

"The drums were delivered today! They look and sound wonderful! I thank you so much! Peace & blessings!"

- Wendell, Peekskill, NY

March 15, 2016

"Djembe arrived today I am over the moon with it. Thank you and all at Drumskulls."

- David, Effingham, England

March 3, 2016

"Upon receiving my Guinean douki-shell djembe today after having entrusted it to you for renewal, it became crystal clear that Drumskull Drums did not merely perform a repair; your restoration produced a rebirth!

The excellence, integrity and love you put into every stage of reconstruction transformed the drum by way of some marvelous percussive metamorphosis, rejuvenating it to the highest level conceivable. There is no one I am aware of in the USA who can harmonize the knowledge, experience, musical insight and masterful workmanship the way you do.

Being that this drum was previously owned by Papa Ladji Camara and passed on to me as his student in 1998, I can say without any doubt that if Papa was alive today he would be smiling and honored to witness your services on this djembe.

No words can express my most heartfelt gratitude for the resonant traditions you celebrate and perpetuate with those of us fortunate enough to feel connected to these sacred instruments.

I remain yours in the music - with respect."

- Andrew Wasserman, Chester, NJ

February 6, 2016

"The drum arrived in perfect condition.  I absolutely love it!  I was a bit worried about buying online without touching and hearing the drum first, but it is fabulous.  Huge thanks to you and all the great craftsmen working at Drumskull.  I feel like I have purchased a beautiful and functional piece of art.  Makes me want to practice more to become as good as the drum."

- Terry, Durango, CO

January 15, 2016

"Hey Drumskulls. Absolutely fantastic! Once again another great djembe. You nailed it. The skin is just as I was hoping for. Just what my ears like. It's perfect. The playing edge is really nice. More rounded than my Mali drums. Your quality of work, attention to detail and customer service is always A+. The shipping packing was excellent. I knew it would be great djembe but this one blew me away. Thanks to everyone there."

- Joe, Morgantown, WV

December 8, 2015

"I just got my Duns. Thank you VERY much. It was worth the wait. I am looking forward to making many happy memories with them. They arrived in fine condition and sound great. MUCH APPRECIATED."

- Ryan, Topeka, KS

August 27, 2015

"I got my drum yesterday. It is the most beautiful thing I've ever played. Thanks so much. I can't even put it in words. Keep up the good work. Thanks."

- Jeff, Flagstaff, AZ

August 12, 2015

"I received my djembe yesterday after having Drumskulls re-headed if for me with goat hide and the quality of durability and sound is untouchable. I am extremely satisfied with the quality and performance of the drum and I must say I will be selling my Remo very soon. Thanks to the people and DrumSkull Drums and Dave for helping me out."

- Sam, Grand Rapids, MI

August 11, 2015

"My drum just arrived! Great job packing it. It certainly wasn't gonna budge! I don't even know how to word it. Wow. It's beautiful to say the least. Sounds excellent! I appreciate the advice to select one if I felt one was calling to me. One of the other drums I was considering sold the day after I bought mine. Great job on this masterpiece!"

- Nathan, University Place, WA

June 16, 2015

"Thank you so much for the awesome job on reheading my ashiko. It's better than new."

- Martin, Dayton, OH

June 15, 2015

"I am a professional woodworker and have been re-heading and repairing djembe drums since I began playing in 1985. I have studied extensively in West Africa and the US and have taken a keen interest in drum building over the years. It is with the insight of someone who performs and understands well this work, that I say with admiration that Drumskull djembes are state of the art. The expertise and flawless attention to detail with which the drums are built is rare. Matt Hardwick is truly a master at drum stringing; very impressive work which is not easy to execute with such perfection. Thanks."

- Jeremy, Interlaken, NY

May 27, 2015

"Hello! Got the drum! It's awesome! Did some basic recording tests with it -- excellent for recording, which will be its primary use. The djembe is well worth the money and wait. Thank you! Cheers."

- Matt, Helsinki, Finland

May 15, 2015

"Got my drum today! Boom Shaka Laka!! You guys get a fat A+ for upgrading my little dinky drum into a phenomenally awesome river companion. Thanks so much for the effort and professionalism. I will refer all my friends to you guys. Many many Blessings and Thanks!"

- Dennisha, Grass Valley, CA

April 28, 2015

"I wanted to thank you and the team at Drumskull Drums. I got the drum last night the night before my birthday and its exceeded my expectations. I am so glad that its darker and matted. It looked shiny and lighter on the sight but the actual piece is beautiful. I love that tacking. It looked better to have it all at the bottom. I also love the rope choice. Its dark enough to blend it but it still stands out. The drum is a work of art. Thanks again for everything. I am sure I will get alot of questions on where I got the drum. I hopefully will send more drummers your way. Thanks again."

- Erv, Palatine, IL

April 13, 2015

"Wow, the drum is amazing. Top top quality. Thanks so much for everything."

- Dennisha, Grass Valley, CA

March 17, 2015

"I really love the djembe that I got from you. The sweet sound, the good workmanship and the care in the little details. Most importantly I am really happy with your post sale services. I will definitely recommend all my friends to buy from you! Thank you Drumskull!"

- James, Singapore

March 7, 2015

"I received the drum yesterday.  It’s great!  Just what I was looking for."

- Don, Laguna Niguel, CA

February 19, 2015

"Djembe has arrived safe and sound.  Sounds so sweet. Thank you for the beautiful work and care you put into it. Aloha."

- Harry, Kihei, HI

December 22, 2014

"The drum is beautiful!!!  You guys do the absolute best work!"

- Michael, Boca Raton, FL

December 19, 2014

"Last month we were visiting in Santa Cruz; had heard you are the best shop in the nation for purchasing a quality Djembe. Confirmed! Matt spent considerable time with Suzy, a novice drummer, helping her select the perfect Djembe drum. We're the folks who had Murphy, the guide dog, along with us. The drum continues to be most wonderful and inspirational. Suzy is a major fan of her new drum. You all were incredibly generous with your time and knowledge.  What a fun shop to visit - Thank You!"

- Dick, Albany, OR

December 17, 2014

"Matt and Drumskulls, I want you to know how powerful my drum feels and how sweet her voice is.  Matt, you have a gift of listening to wood and skin.  A dynamic relationship with all the elements that come together to create the ideal sound that speaks across miles, across cultures, across generations!  Thank you for sharing this gift in the way you care for my sacred tools. I trust your touch, your ingenuity, your integrity.  May all that you desire and hold sacred and loved be held by the deepest and strongest bonds.  You are a great allie!  Blessings and Gratitude."

- Afia, Sebastapol, CA

December 17, 2014

"Awesome drum. Thank you so much!"

- Barb, Novato, CA

December 13, 2014

"I just received my drum, reheaded by you with a calf skin and I must tell you - you absolutely nailed it. This drum was always good but now it is truly great! The tones are excellent... round, with super volume. The slaps are crisp and clear with even more volume. I could not be happier. Thank you."

- Allen, Newmarket, NH

December 12, 2014

"Just a word to let you know that you did an amazing job re-heading my Drumskull Djembe with the new calf skin. Locals in Milwaukee are very impressed with the way the drum sounds [and looks]! My current teacher Russ Anderson is particularly blown away with the sound of the new calf skin, and how you were able to get the cuff so tight and wrinkle free. Thanks again for a job well done, and we hope to continue a good, long relationship with Drumskull Drums." 

- Thor, Milwaukee, WI

November 22, 2014

"Today I received your djembe. :-) Thank you very much. Amazing. :-) Unbelievable. :-) Great! I'm really happy. Thanks a lot. Nice to know people who love the djembe from heart too! Best regards." 

- Martin, Meerbusch, Germany

October 28, 2014

"I have receieved the drum and skins. Thank you for your great service. The drum sounds amazing! I will introduce your shop to my friends! The drum is perfect and the shop owner is nice! Thanks again!"

- Ban, Shanghai, China

October 19, 2014

"WOW!! Spectacular job heading the ngoma. Just beautiful. I have to admit I was more than a little dubious about this shell when I bought it. But you guys did such a masterful job of making a drum out it. I absolutely love it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

- Steve, Nevada City, CA

October 17, 2014

"Everyone here in Canada is in awe of this amazing drum and wants one. They refer to this drum as the best drum you can get! Thanks so much. It is wonderful."

- Darren, British Columbia, Canada

October 9, 2014

"I received my djembe last week - DSD-08409. This drum sounds fantastic!! I played in a show this weekend and many of my drumming friends were in awe of the impeccable workmanship and quality (not to mention sound) of this wonderful instrument. Thank you for providing quality drums. Drumskulls is the best!"

- Terry, Columbia, SC

August 30, 2014

"I received my Djembe SKU-08531 today and I just wanted to say that it is the most outstanding drum, or instrument for that matter, that I have ever had the pleasure of playing! It is wonderfully responsive and has such a perfect sound that I feel privileged to have played it, never the less own it. As a wood worker/turner by trade, I am so impressed with the grain of the wood, and the carving is absolutely incredible! So thank you for offering such an outstanding looking and sounding product!"

- Matthew, El Cajon, CA

August 21, 2014

"I received my djembe SKU: DSD-08540 today and happily. It is only 15 pounds and I sound amazing on this beautiful drum.  My slaps are crisp and sharp with no additional effort from me.  You have to connect with your drum and I totally do.  Thank you Dave for your communication skills and pleasant phone manners.  And Tony, thank you for your sales pitch where I convinced you that some women love a lighter drum that can sing with amazing and beautiful sounds.  And you convinced me that the drum you wanted to sell me would be exactly what I was looking for.  As you can tell I am perfectly pleased with my Iroko wood drum from the Ivory Coast.  Thank you from Minneapolis."

- Jen, Minneapolis, MN

August 17, 2014

"This summer I purchased a djembe from Matt and the crew. I dropped by their shop to check them out. I already own a wonderful Wula drum. Then I got a hands-on chance to play a Drumskull Djembe. I couldn't leave without buying one of the Drumskull drums. What a beautiful instrument! These guys work really hard to make the best drums in the business. Every drum they make (and I tested quite a few of them) is an example of astonishing craftsmanship. I purchased a calfskin djembe -- high tight crisp sound, deeply carved wood -- an incredible drum. Matt Hardwick is a great guy. He is as patient and kind as he is talented. This is a company worth supporting. They get five stars on anyone's review."

- Lee, Golden, CO

August 15, 2014

"Yesterday I received your Djembe and I am really impressed by the beautiful design and by this GREAT sound!!! Thank you so much! This is for sure now my favorite Djembe!"

- Martin, Meerbusch, Germany
August 12, 2014

"I opened the large drum package last night. My heart surely stopped for a second. It's so beautiful in form and in sound. It's an incredible work of art. I sat there admiring the drum for a long time. Thanks so much for the excellent work. Please tell Matt or who did the work on my dunun drum 'Thanks so much'."

- Ann, Goleta, CA
July 11, 2014

"I received my new beautiful Melina Djembe today!  It is beautiful, with a rich sound.  You never disappoint!!!  Thank you so much."

- Christina, Tucson, AZ
June 3, 2014

"Love the tone range of my Custom DSD's Djembes: Guinea Solo (Djalla), and my oversized Guinea low Bass (Melina).  Thanks DSD and Matt Hardwick for dialing in the exact tones I asked for with these and my other Djembes...  They ROCK !! "

- John, Napa, CA
June 3, 2014

"First, I want to thank you, Tony, for bearing with me during my decision process.  All I knew, was that I finally wanted a really good drum, and felt like, after all the reviews and your great website, that DrumSkull Drums was a good bet.  I was not disappointed.  Your patient, nonjudgemental, up-beat way was so delightful, and helpful.  I enjoyed all our conversations and appreciated the pics, too.  The way your website is set up to work with your Facebook page is really helpful, especially the professional sound clips.  Man, I  love hearing you play and it's really helpful to hear the drums.  The pictures of the drums are so beautiful to look at, too.

Well, I got my Big Djalla yesterday (great packing) and played it for 2 hours!  I'm so happy with it.  It is beautiful!  The wood and carving are superb (thank you Guinea artists and folks who forged that connection).  Pictures are one thing, but to hold it and play it is a whole other(worldly) experience.  This drum is the real deal!  The sound that comes out of this drum is unbelievable!  You're right- I'm STOKED!  (But I don't feel worthy ;)  You guys did an outstanding job putting it together and all of Tony's recommendations were right on!  There are so many variables that can make a great sound come from a hand drum.  My thinking was that if DrumSkull drums were all that folks say they are, then all factors would be controlled for (great interior carving, proportions, wood quality, rope and skin choice/quality, and true professional tuning) to produce fabulous sound, except for my technique.  Now, I am sure that if the drum doesn't sound right- IT'S ME (no excuses)- and changing my hands just a little coaxes that amazing sound out.  In just the short time I've played it, I even now sound better on my other (lesser) drums. "Oh, THAT'S what they are supposed to sound like!"  It's so worth it to get a really great drum.  No, it's so worth it to get a DrumSkull drum!

Now, I look forward to long hours of making my Big Djalla sing!  Add me to that long queue of satisfied customers, please.

Thanks so much,"

- Sandy, Louisville, CO
May 25, 2014

"Thank you again for the amazing service and drum!"

- Mario, Canada
May 20, 2014

"Where ever I go with my DrumSkull Drums,,,, They are always appreciated and admired for their beauty and especially their sound! Top of the Line! As far as I am concerned, they are simply the best!"

- Blaine,  San Ramon, CA
May 19, 2014

"Thanks again! Drum turned out amazingly. Just landed in Australia! Ready to rock it for the show tomorrow night!"

- Talu Green (percussionist for Lauryn Hill)
May 19, 2014

"I love my new drum! Thanks for your time and help in making my Santa Cruz trip so great!

- Adele, San Luis Obispo, CA
May 19, 2014

"Thanks again for all your help! You've been very professional and it's been a real pleasure to interact with you and everyone at Drumskulls! Your professionalism is refreshing"

- Marika, Grass Valley, CA
April 11, 2014
"Matt and gang do amazing custom work. It's like 'Pimp My Djembe.'"
- Joe, Santa Cruz, CA
April 6, 2014

"I got my drum. It's so beautiful.  Thanks again so much for all your help Drumskulls. I must say I was a little intimidated by it the first time I played it.  I have never heard it cranked so tight-very crispy.  I did my little video "talk" intro, took it out of the box, starting playing "and" had to stop within moments because I was literally overwhelmed (in a good way). Love you guys,"

- Scott, Yelm, WA
March 31, 2014

"WOW! When I took my drum from the case, I was blown away! It looks awesome! And it sounds incredible! It is fantastic. You have outdone yourselves. Matt's work is superior! I love this drum. I had a hard time going to work. I wanted to stay home and play it all day!!! Thank you Tony and Matt! I will recommend you to anyone I know. You guys ROCK! 

- Don, Alameda, CA

March 16, 2014

"Thanks so much for the great work you did on my drum. It sounds amazing!!! I'm very pleased with the quality of work and also your good communication through the process. Thanks again!!!"
- Mike, Gunnison, CO
March 2, 2014

"I want to let you know, from a customer's perspective, that the friendliness of your team, the quality of your shells, the clarity and ease of use of your website, the word-of-mouth praise from many of my peers as far away as the East coast, and most of all, the consistancy in quality overall has you, in my opinion, the leaders of your trade. As a pointy-eared fellow would say, 'Live long and prosper!"

- Kasey, Fayetteville, WV
Feb 26, 2014

"I wanted to reach out to you and the folks at Drumskulls and say what a wonderful product you put out there.  Actually, functional 'art piece' is more accurate.  I'm a professional drummer and percussionist who's been lucky enough to have enjoyed your drums for many years... I completely cherish my Mali hare' and Senegalese dimba djembes.  The full colorful tone, crisp attack and deep resonance are unmatched by any other djembe maker I've come across. The attention to detail and love of your craft is embedded everywhere in your drums.  From the quality of the skins and rope to the smooth, consistent bearing edge to the fantastic carving of shells; it's all magical. I commend you on putting the spirit and energy into some of the finest quality instruments in the world. Please consider me an artist whose testimonial supports your every effort in your business and craft. "
- Stephan, San Francisco, CA
Feb 25, 2014

"I received my new drum today and just wanted to thank you and the crew at DSD for a great looking and sounding drum!!!"
- Mike, Edmonton, Alberta
Feb 23, 2014

"The votes are in: everyone in our troupe is completely blown away by my new drum. 'Unbelievable; fantastic sound; oh-my-god, it plays itself; gorgeous; I want one like that' are only some of the superlatives that have been used to describe it. I am really looking forward to our next gig!"

- Bob, Bend, OR
Feb 15, 2014

"Thanks for the quick shipping !! The drum is gorgeous and sounds amazing, awesome craftsmanship."

- Darren, Canada
Feb 6, 2014

"Thank you for the greatest equipment known to man and the percussion world."

- Kerian, Tallahassee, FL
Jan. 21, 2014

"Just received the drum. Awesome This drum sounds, feels and looks amazing."
- Ian, Vancouver, BC
Jan. 21, 2014

"Just wanted to tell you I really, really love my new drums.  What a beautiful job you did with them.  I think the drums are just so beautiful."

- Elizabeth, Oakland, CA
Jan. 2, 2014

"The drum I recently bought from you is incredibly beautiful, the sound superb. Thanks!"

- Victor, Marina, CA
Dec. 24, 2013

"Thanks again for the quality skin! It's worth its weight in gold knowing I always get pro gear from your shop.  I spread the word every chance I get. Thanks."

- Ben, Arkansas
Dec. 15, 2013

"I bought one of your djembe cases and absolutely love it.  I've owned many djembe cases and this one is by far the best."

- Todd, Hawaii
Dec. 11, 2013

"The djembe rocks. Very very very nice sound,thanks!!!!!!!!"

- Simone, Italy
Dec. 10, 2013

"Just to let you know the djembe arrived last night. It sounds awesome !! I gotta say it doesn't surprise me as I got to play a couple of drums from you guys before around here in Port Angeles and they are also great"

- German, Port Angeles, WA
Dec. 4, 2013

"We have recieved the djembe.  This is a fantastic case in pont of the new wave of American craftmanship.  I look forward to continuing to work with you all"

- Oluwaseyi, Japan
Nov 29, 2013

"Whoever skinned my old Djembe did an amazing job. Now my old lady walks like Adriana Lima in the Victoria Secret show. You really make someone happy in this part of the world. Every time I play I hear a very poetic beat coming from my Djembe. That skin makes sounds I never heard before coming from a drum. About my new Hare shell, besides being one of the most beautiful carving and wood I ever seen in a Djembe, the sound makes Adriana Lima dance like an old lady. I don't know how to deal with such much beauty. The overwhelming power of this shell will take some time to control. The subtle variations in the tones makes this Djembe an amazing instrument. I wrote this just to say thanks for your extraordinary job. Is good to have people like you in this part of the world."

- Federico, Canada
Nov 9, 2013

"The djembe looks as promised, i had no time to play it yet but first tests are very satisfying :D

Many thanks for your time guys. A happy customer"

- Kike, Spain
Nov 8, 2013

"I am very pleased at how amazing my new drum sounds. It is definitely a work of art that I can cherish.  The thought that was put into the skin, tuning, and structure of the shell is impressive. It is a joy for my soul to play it! I actually love it ! I was drawn into the depth and range it has. I found myself in a hypnotic state after playing it. Thank you!"

- Shane, Dickinson, TX
Nov 7, 2013

"You guys are the BEST!!  I have been singing your praises to my drumming community.  I so appreciate your help, patience and conscientiousness, and I look forward to ongoing contact! Thanks so much!"

- Marilee, Washington, DC
Oct 30, 2013

"Thanks again for your high quality supplies and great service to the drumming community."

- Denzell, Buffalo, NY
Oct 24, 2013

"I'm just blown away. This is the nicest drum I've ever had. You guys are truly masters at your craft. I got shivvers when I played it"

- Justin, Whitethorn, CA
Oct 13, 2013

"You could not get a better builder than Matt at Drumskulldrums. He is my Hero!!"

- Gary, Memphis, TN
Oct 7, 2013

"I have to say thank you for helping me out to have such a set of nice dununs. Exactly the quality and the sound are better than any dunun we have ever seen and heard. And they are so beautiful with no flaw."

- Chris, China
Oct 3, 2013

"Just received my djembe! Awesome!! Simply Amazing! Museum piece! Wow!!

- Martin, Quebec
Sept 30, 2013

"I’m really looking forward to receiving and playing the drum. It will be an upgrade from the drum that I’m currently using.  Drumskull’s reputation was a key factor in my decision."

- Don, Santa Barbara, CA
Sept 26, 2013

"I received my drum yesterday.  It's beautiful and sounds great -- somehow livelier than before."

- Jim, San Francisco, CA
"A very happy customer"
Sept 23, 2013

"You guys really did fantastic job! Thank you very much!"I’m really looking forward to receiving and playing the drum. It will be an upgrade from the drum that I’m currently using.  Drumskull’s reputation was a key factor in my decision.

- Rocky, China
Sept 16, 2013

"I just received my drum. Amazing work - job well done again!  It sounds and looks so sweet, and I'm super amped about the rubber bottom. Thank you so much for the great deal.  As always, I'll be sending more work and customers your way. Thanks again."

- Cary, Steamboat Springs, CO
Sept 6, 2013

"I have done a lot of business with you. I am a satisfied customer."

- Kim, New York, NY
Aug 22, 2013

"I received my djembe and she sure is pretty and sounds great!!  Thank you for getting her back to me so quickly.  Thanks for being here for community...especially women drummers.  You are good people and I hope business is going well and you are happy."

- Mar, Oakland, CA
Aug 20, 2013

"Thanks for a great djembe. It looks and sounds fantastic. Ryan was a great help in getting me what I wanted. Your service and quality is the best."

- Paul, Brewster, MA
Aug 13, 2013

"I love me lenge djembe. Killer drum and you could not get a better builder than Matt at Drumskulldrums. He is my Hero!!

- Gary, Memphis, TN
Aug 13, 2013

"We all love the new djembe.  It is fantastic."
- Ethan, Taiwan
Aug 10, 2013

"Just a quick note to say I received the first of my three djembes back. It sounds and looks superb. Outstanding job!"

- Colin, Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 9, 2013

"You guys are always awesome and amazing."

- Cade, Houston, TX
Aug 5, 2013

"I got my drum rehead by you and I absolutely love it. I loved it before and it's ever better now. I really appreciate what you did."

- Denise, Lafayette, LA
Aug 3, 2013

"Thank you SO MUCH for everything! This drum has blown me away completely. All my family and friends are astounded by its gorgeous sound. The quality is near-perfection, and the timbre & tone are simply enchanting. Your integrity as a company is extremely impressive and valuable in the long term. All the accessories that came with it sound exactly as I'd hoped, and beyond! Everything is so exciting and raw, breathing precisely the type of new life I've been searching for into my music. I can't really thank you enough, you guys ROCK! This drum is so good, it could save the music industry on its own merit."

- Dave, East Northport, NY
July 18, 2013

"You guys are seriously awesome!"

- David, East Northport, NY
June 12, 2013

"I got the drum today. It is really excellent. I like it very much. Thanks.
The drum is so fantastic. I will show it  to my friends next week."

- Ethen, Taiwan
June 11, 2013

"Drum received!  Having a hard time getting any work done today.  Cannot put it down..."

- Scott, Neguanee, MI
May 14, 2013

"I received my drums and I love them! They look and sound awesome and I wanted to let you know that I appreciate it."
- Bruce, Los Osos, CA
May 14, 2013

"I received my djembe last Thursday and it arrived in perfect condition and has far surpassed my expectations - I am very pleased with its exceptional quality.  Thank you."

- Olivario, Fort Collins, CO
May 1, 2013

"Thank you so much for your help.  I will come back and order again when I need it.
Meanwhile, I will tell your superb service in the drumming community here."

- Yasuo, Australia
April 26, 2013

"You are doing an excellent job. I really appreciate the way you are presenting those African musical instruments. Proud of you and my students like you. They like your nice job. Felicitations."

- Mamadou Ndiaye, Somerville, MA
April 19, 2013

"I finally have a minute to thank you all for my recent djembe purchase. I purchased it for my birthday, eagerly awaited the arrival of that big box and was immediately in love with its sound and the spectacular quality of production. This is my second djembe purchase from you over the years and they are real treasures, admired by all who see and hear them. I hope to make it to your store on my next visit to California. Thanks again for making some of the best quality djembes I have ever seen or heard."

- Andy, Arlington, MA
April 17, 2013

"I will be performing with my five Drumskull drums  (Djembes and Duns) with Cosmos Percussion Orchestra at Ashkenaz in Berkeley Friday, and at Earth Day San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Center Plaza on Saturday. Love my drums, their sound is the best."

- John, Napa, CA
April 4, 2013

"I wanted to let you know that the djembe arrived a couple of days ago and I'm thrilled with it!  It is sick!  Sounds I just need to take it to a drum circle!  Seriously, the craftsmanship and most importantly the sound blew me away.  Thank you so much!"

- Clint, Denver, CO
April 1, 2013

"Thank you so much. The bells are really nice. I just so appreciate Drumskulls anbd the quality of things you have."

- Oginga, Cincinnati, OH
March 29, 2013

"I got my drum and I played it for the first time. It's absolutely phenomenal! I love it! I look forward to getting my next one pretty soon. I think I'll get a Mali one will complete my collection. Thanks so much. I appreciate it. You've outdone yourselves every time."

- Shane, Dickinson, TX
March 19, 2013

"My friend Paul ordered a Djembe from you guys. Gotta say it's of the best sounding djembes I've ever heard and it's definitely the nicest looking... Amazing work!"

- Brian, Brewster, MA
March 15, 2013

"It's a great djembe, completely different than my others, which are also great players. It's easy with Drumskulls. You just pick one and play. :-) "

- Phil, Tucson, AZ
March 13, 2013

"Got the djembe and very nice you are very professional. Good job."

- Davide, Italy
March 7, 2013

" I started off with a kangaba from guitar center and thought that I had the best drum. Then I heard a DRUM SKULL DRUM and  knew that I had to get one.  I ordered a drum from the premier Guinea line and the first time I heard it I thought that I was hearing what the sunshine sounds like. The more i play it the better it sounds.  I became an addict of the rhythm and had to have more.  My next drum came from the DSD premier Senegal line and all I can say about it is WOW!  I am now waiting on a new drum from their Ivory Coast line and can't wait to get my hands on it! Matt, Scott, and Ben are the best, and you can trust them to steer you in the right direction.  I live in Houston Texas and never even heard my drums before I bought them.  I just told them what I was looking for in sound and they were able to nail it every time! BIG THANKS to DRUM SKULL DRUMS!!!"
- Shane, Dickinson, TX
March 3, 2013

"My djembe I bought from DS is sounding great!" Thanks for pimping my drum! It sounds great. You guys ROCK!"

- Dan, Australia
Feb. 28, 2013

"Hey guys I got my drum yesterday and I have not been able to put it down.  It sounds so bad ass!! Thanks for what you all do!!! Keep it up!"

- Shane, Dickinson, TX
Feb. 22, 2013

"I got home from work and my djembe was here. It's beautiful. Sounds great . Thanks a lot."

 - Richard, Arlington, TX
Jan 18, 2013

"Thanks for pimping my drum! It sounds great. You guys ROCK!"

- Stephen, Union City, CA
Dec. 27, 2012

"I received the Djembe today and I can now understand why you where so excited about the finished drum when you described it to me over the phone.  It is absolutely beautiful. I fell in love with it the moment I set eyes upon it. The drum is solid and heavy just the way I wanted it to be.  I love the head of the drum.  It is a a beautiful skin and complements the color of the wood beautifully.  The carvings on the shell are simply elegant and subtle. The color of the rope provides a nice accent to drum. The sound of the drum is tight and crisp. I can't wait for the skin to break in and open up. It is a high-quality drum and I don't think I will ever part with it.  The case that you recommened for the drum is also exceptional and the drum is deserving of such a quality case.
Thank you for taking the time to discuss options with me and for including this particular shell among your recommendations.  I have never seen a drum of this quality among anything I have come across in the local music stores."
- Victor, Flemington, NJ

Dec. 27, 2012

"I have had the pleasure of conducting business with this company for many years now. The instruments are of superb quality. The craftsmanship that their shop performs is par-none.
I have built djembe and dunun drums since 1995, and the quality that Drumskull produces is absolutely professional level. They are cutting-edge in transforming the standard of re-heading and re-working drums. Their knowledge base and passion have produced the best shop in the USA for djembe and dunun. Ryan and Matt have built a business and created a new standard that is hard to find anywhere else."

- David, Ashland, OR

Dec. 18, 2012

"Thanks for all your help. It is greatly appreciated and has given me the confidence to buy drums over the Internet without actually playing them."

- Lilo, Harrisburg, PA

Dec. 13, 2012

"Rec'd my Cote d"ivoire djembe yesterday, guys. I love it. It may actually be the finest djembe I've ever played!"

- Chris, Canada

Nov. 23, 2012

"GREAT DRUMS made by an amazing team of guys here and in Africa. LOVIN' my Import special I got at Rhythm Fest. Hope you guys will be there again in April!!!"

Kerry, Ashland, OR

Nov. 7, 2012

"O.M.G. ... the sticks have arrived from US to Australia within the week.. I’m so impressed! LOVE YOUR WORK !!"

- Karen, Australia

Nov. 9, 2012

"Just letting you know the drum arrived in perfect condition. It looks and sounds amazing.  Bag is perfect as well.  I’m so impressed it arrived so quickly."

- Karen, Canada

Oct. 31, 2012

"I am more than happy. This is absolutely incredible. I'm so glad I spent the extra money. It is definitely worth it. I'm ecstatic! It's perfect! I look forward to playing this drum for the rest of my love."

- Gary, Memphis, TN

Oct. 23, 2012

"Man! I LOVE this drum!! I feelin my heart the drum picked me to be it's owner, musician, pilot, artist, & director to create beautiful music and contribute to the world of percussion. I want to give a big Thanks/Merci to you Ryan, for helping me with the purchase and the company in crafting and distributing such a beautiful work of art. No words I can compare to how grateful I feel towards DrumSkulls. Once again thank you for everything."

- Kerian, Tallahassee, FL

Oct. 18, 2012

"It was a pleasure for me and my wife to know you, Ryan and Matt. We liked very much our trip to Santa Cruz and DSD. Very nice store, drums and you were very kind. Thank you."

- Gustavo, Brazil

Oct. 17, 2012

"Thanks much. You are hands down the best djembe makers in the World!! I am happy, happy, HAPPY!"

- Thor, Milwaukee, WI

Oct. 16, 2012

"I received a great djembe, thank you. Thank you for your great work very much. When djembe appeared in front of me, I conquered it. I knew it was what I wanted."

- Baoi, China

Oct. 15, 2012

"I got my case and the quality is excellent! It fits my balafon perfectly."

- Cherry, Hong Kong

Oct. 12, 2012

"You guys are great. Thank you."

- Sunny, Sacramento, CA

Oct. 9, 2012

"DSD is the standard by which others should measure against."

- Gary, Canada

Oct. 4, 2012

"I just want to take a moment to thank you for the exceptional djembe. Now this is altogether a new level, a new experience. It sings from my hands, is an absolute thrill to play, the craftsmanship is superb -- you've really released the spirit of this instrument!

Your happily addicted customer,"

- Peter, Oregon House, CA

Oct. 3, 2012

"I received my djembe today and I just wanted to call and say thank you very much. You did such a great a job and I'm really touched by your work."

- Kale, Alpena, MI 

. 27, 2012

"Thanks for providing such a reliable and quality selection of skins! You guys are great!"

- Samuel, Flagstaff, AZ

Sept. 27, 2012

"FYI, new drum arrived, and it 100% rocks!! I was the envy of many in my drum classes this week. Drum looks great, but most importantly, the sound killed it!! Tones and slaps were bang on - sharp and crisp. Bass was solid but not overpowering. I had to hold back a little for fear of drowning others out. Wow, very happy!!

Scott, you nailed it with the drum choice. Many thanks and kudos to you for your knowledge and guidance. Use me as a template if need be when people enquire.

Bottom line: I took a flyer buying online. Absolutely no regrets. I will only buy online from Drumskulls. Put me in your testimonials!!"

- Gary, Kelowna, Canada

Sept. 27, 2012

"Hot-damn-on-a cracker. Thank You, DrumSkull! UPS rang me door-bell yesterday and delivered the custom Guinea Drum with its delicious "THUP" tuned to gloriously high full tension. It sings - pumping out macho jabs at the bottom and spinning a coloratura descant at the top. No reverb, no rings and pings, no bleed-over to the next phrase - just a staccato river of pure Djembe. Ace!  There be drums and then there be DRUMS. Pound for pound, note for note, this puppy is a superb value."

"Kudos and Thanques to DrumSkulls' Djembe-builders Guild. Attention to details pays off once again. Keep up the love affair with Tradition and Quality. (Did I mention that playing this drum is.... orgasmic?)"

- David, Springfield, VA

Sept. 11, 2012

"I appreciate the deal and constantly tell everyone about how great Drumskulls is when they ask about the amazing djembe I play that I purchased from you a while ago."

- James, Plantation, FL

Sept. 9, 2012

"This djembe, to me, was the best sounding djembe that I have ever heard in my question. EVER. Best feeling djembe as well. I have infinite gratitude. Thank you so much for everything."

- Jason, Fenton, MI

. 5, 2012

"Just a shout out to say thanks for the quick turn and nice job on repairing my Sangba!"

- Bruce, Los Osos, CA

Sept. 4, 2012

"I love the Djembe I just bought from [Drumskulls]. A wonderful instrument and great people to deal with."

- Ken R, Sacramento, CA

Sept. 3, 2012

"I recieved the shipment yesterday. The shells are awesome! ! I am very happy about them

and there was no damage or anything."

- Tacumi , Japan

Sept. 3, 2012

"Your drum is super super cool. Every time I go to a workshop I feel proud!! Thanks."

- Mutsuhiro, China

Aug. 23, 2012

"Drum is officially DIALED. Looks, feels & sounds amazing. Thank you Drumskull Drums!!!"

Gianni, Santa Cruz, CA

Aug. 22, 2012

"I LOVE my newest Drumskull Drum. Thanks for all you do, you guys!!! :)"

- Kerry, Ashland, OR

Aug. 22, 2012

"I ordered a cowskin bass djembe because I wanted something different and I trusted Drumskull to come through with the best drum money could buy.... After playing the drum a few days I'm hooked. The sound is beyond nice, it's fantastic and I must say it is is the difference I had been looking for...very easy to play. The drums at Drumskull are always a piece of art but this one is the best yet."

- Keenan, Palm Springs, CA

Aug. 22, 2012

"I absolutely love the drum. I have been playing it for a few weeks now and its literally a whole different world from what I'm used to. Great work to whomever put their time into it for me. Thanks so much!"

- Schon, Kalispell, MT

Aug. 18, 2012

"The drum arrived today, it looks and sounds great! Thanks so much!"

- Rusty Knorr, Seattle

Aug. 15, 2012

"You're the man! Thanks for everything! Keep up the great customer service. You've got yourself a customer for life."

- Brian, Brewster, MA

Aug. 7, 2012

"Well - success!  Thanks for the quick turn around.  Rich was stunned & completely surprised; and he is a difficult one to surprise.  He loves it.  Nice drum."

- Janet, Truckee, CA

Aug. 2012

"Drumskulls are the Stradivarius of djembe."

- William, Facebook

July 31, 2012

"I did have a Senegal Dimba wood drum from your store and it was impressive sounding/looking... You guys always pick out something that will sound fantastic, it is very easy ordering online from craftsman that always deliver. I'm looking forward to playing something different and sure it will sound fantastic."

- Keenan

July 23, 2012

"I am enjoying and performing with my two custom Drumskull's Djembes .... absolutely into it."

- John, Napa, CA

July 23, 2012

"Got the drum...sounds great!! Looks great!! Incredible slap with a nice overtone to it, good round bass ... I did ask you for a strong solo djembe, which this most definitely is, so thank you."I am enjoying and performing with my two custom Drumskull's Djembes.... absolutely into it...  John

- Thor, Milwaukee, WI

July 7, 2012

"Veryyyyyy happy with the dunun sticks we bought from you and shipping to us in Australia was insanely faster than expected - thank you."

- Manda, Australia

July 6, 2012

"You guys rock! I just got my bambara shell and I'm super stoked! Nicest Senegalese drum  I've ever seen. Virtualy perfect! I can't wait to mount it."

- Tobie, Montreal

July 6, 2012

"My drum arrived today. It's beautiful and sounds like nothing I've heard before. Thank you so much for your incredible work, and for getting it to me a day before I needed it. Clifford wasn't wrong about you guys."

- Deb, Battleground, WA

July 2, 2012

"Very beautiful Djembe! Perfect Djembe! I like it very much! Thank you,Thank you very much!"

- Tian, China

June 22, 2012

"Just wanted to let you know I received the bougarabou today and it is EVERYTHING I had hoped for. Thank you. I am already wondering how long it'll be before I get a second (and third!). I appreciate the quality and how swiftly you sent it out."

- Chad, Portland, OR

June 5, 2012

"I have huge respect for what you are doing and what DSD has done for promoting African music, drums and musical instruments through the years. The high-end djembe companies are riding on the shoulders of giants: Drumskull Drums' shoulders. You have treated me fairly and with respect from the beginning, even way back in 2005 or 2006 when I showed interest in selling DSD djembes. I am happy I can voice my concerns and that you address them so well. I really feel good vibes from both you. You guys are the real deal, and I have never felt that amount of integrity from ANYONE I have dealt with through the years."

- anonymous

June 5, 2012

"You guys rule. Thanks for the sweet heading job."

- Mark, Portland, OR

June 5, 2012

"I just want to say how happy I am with my beautiful - to hear and see - new djembe. 
Again thanks for all the time you spent with my questions. I have the perfect drum for me."

-- David, Fort Bragg, CA

May 15, 2012

"We love our drums!"

- David, Happy Valley, Oregon

May 8, 2012

"The drum is sick!!  (nice bag, too... wow)... very clean, well done job. Thanks and compliments to the chef(s)! The skin looks nice and tough... should be very durable for our weather here.
Very, very cool... thank you!"

- John, Hawaii

May 2, 2012

"The Kora arrived and now the hard work begins... Thanks for making sure it arrived in good shape."

- Joanne, Canada

April 19, 2012

"The drums are awesome here!!!!"

- Gustavo, Brazil

April 13, 2012

"You guys make the best."

- Jeff, Kennesaw, GA

April 6, 2012

"Picked up the drum. It is great, as always."

- David, San Jose, CA

March 30, 2012

"Came the skin and shell, and very nice ... and a pleasure to work with professionals."

- Davide, Italy

March 29, 2012

"I would like to say that the sound of my recently received djembe is very good!"

- Patrick, Sweden

March 26, 2012

"What a Djembe Drum !!!!!!! I love it , NO Ringing sounds , Just pure Drum sounds, Thanks a lot Ryan for taking your time with me to discuss every detail of the Djembe Drum i was looking for and you made every detail come true - thanks again your client ."

- Curtis, Brooklyn, NY

March 26, 2012

"I absolutely Love and appreciate my instruments that you have created.  I have three Drumskull Djembes: An Ivory Coast "solo" djembe, A djembe from Guinea, and my first DSD Djembe from Mali. I use all of my drums within the performances as a solo, and in my group.  The voices of my drums are exactly the timbre/ pitch/ and tone that I wanted, and have improved over time... allowing me to specifically reach the musicality and melodic range I am  seeking.  The craftsmanship, materials, and quality of these instruments is unmatched.  I also appreciate the relationship I have with the shop, the integrity of the attention these drums receive during the build, and the ability and intention of the staff to create exactly what I as a customer (as well as my colleagues with their instruments) have communicated. The ability to custom order instruments is excellent. I also want to say my dunun's are phenomenal.  I requested an over-sized dununba (21+"), and you delivered, finding this instrument and creating just what I dreampt for. The low tones are round/ full/ and powerful, and the matching standard-sized dununba (that I am using as a sangban is just the perfect octave higher).  I built some stands that raise them off the floor, and let their full voice ring without overtones.  I appreciate that you understand the drums you build, and that you are beyond being merchants."

- John, Napa, CA

March 26, 2012

"I am overjoyed to the point of tears. I want to rent a spaceship to write drumskull in big lights to let the world know about Drumskull. I am so satisfied, everything I always wanted in a djembe, this is the elusive djembe. It is so awesome. I'm floored. As long as I'm alive, I will be sending folks your way. You all got it going on. I am one happy camper."

- Oginga, Cincinnati

March 22, 2012

"Now I 'came the first djembe ... and' really fantastic. I can not wait to play it. You are very professional. I hope to be able to assert your partnership in the future."
- Davide, Italy

March 11, 2012

"I have received the drum and the dvds and the shea butter. The drum is very good. I like it. I like the sound. Thank you."

- Meng, China

Feb. 22, 2012

"I am so pleased from our business relationship. Big love down here."
- Dana, Capistrano Beach, CA

Feb. 20, 2012

"I wanted to thank you so much. My djembe arrived today and it's absolutely gorgeous. I'm so excited; really really happy. Thank you, thank you!'

- Lauria, Reno, NV

Feb. 15, 2012

"All the items have been safely delivered to my home! Thank you so much for making this transaction so smooth! My mom was quite saddened though, when she saw the skins. She said, 'Poor goats.'"

- Justin, Singapore

Feb. 14, 2012

"I don't like my djembe ... I LOVE IT! It's awesome!"
-Helene, Hawaii

Feb. 13, 2012

"Thank you so much for the care and love you displayed in the selection and construction of my drums. The wood and skins are more than I can even imagine!!  The cases are everything that was promised, sturdy and cleanly designed. The tone is fantastic, they are biting at the bit to go drum with their brothers. Thank you for the clever card that came with, I know I can put myself in your hands anytime."

- Dana, Capistrano Beach, CA

Feb. 6, 2012

"You are the shit!! I love drumskullz. I've got a lot of good information from you guys. 
Thanks brotha."

-Michael, Boulder, CO

Feb. 6, 2012

"I got my drum and it's beatiful. Thank you! I'm gonna put a video of it on youtube."

-Shamba, Dayton, OH

Jan.31, 2012

"I do thank you for keeping in touch and your wonderful customer service."

-Lorthy, Citrus Heights, CA

Jan. 24, 2012

"I downloaded this morning a so buzzed out by it."

- Ryan, South Africa

Jan. 24, 2012

"You guys are THE BEST!"

- Rusty, Seattle, WA

Jan. 16, 2012

"I love the drum and it sounds awesome."

- John, Pahoa, HI

Jan. 13, 2012

"[His] new Drumskull drums are INCREDIBLE. He plays them in class and you can hear how playing a quality drum is improving his technique and vocabulary. You guys are the best!"

- Rusty, Seattle, WA

Jan. 13, 2012

"The drum I have from you is Mali shell with calf  ... it screams, and records with zero to no ring or negative sounding overtones."

- Joe, Miami, FL

Jan. 11, 2012

"That drum is awesome!"

- Mitch, New Orleans, LA

Jan. 7, 2012

"I just have to tip my hat to you for the fine work you guys do in that shop. I loved the tonal qualities of the duns right away, especially when tilted back just a bit to let the drum fully resonate ... You can achieve something great on manufactured drums, something really cool, no doubt, but when I heard my Kenkeni playing the heartbeat instead of the rail tom, and the dununba instead of the floor tom --- let’s just say it changed my life forever. "

"Your drums are entities unto themselves. There are not just one or two sweet spots on your drums like there are on most kit toms; on my Kenkeni there so many different sweet spots that you can make music with one drum alone.  Do that on a single kit tom?  I’m not sure that’s going to happen, certainly not in such a pleasing way.  It’s hard to convey exactly, but an African drum sounds like a living thing and a manufactured drum does not.  I have to set the kenkeni exactly the same way every time so my mental mapping of the calf skin head can be relied upon because I want it to sing when I want it to and thump at me when the time comes.  It does exactly that.  The other two drums are the same way."

"These things are alive, man."

- Ron, El Paso, TX

Jan. 6, 2012

"Oh, and I seriously can't figure out which drum I like best. Every four days I switch from my Mali to Guinea Drumskulls djembe, then four days later back. They're both outstanding. The Mali djembe has sweet, clear tone. The Guinea djembe is mean as fuck."

- Tyler, Seattle, WA

Dec. 12, 2011

"Everything I've gotten from you has been first-class. I'm really really happy."

- Thor, Milwaukee, WI

Dec. 6, 2011

"Mali djembe still sounds disgustingly good. Perhaps the best djembe I've ever played. :-) Thanks a million for steering it my way."

- Tyler, Seattle, WA

Dec. 1, 2011

"Just wanted to say that the drum arrived safely and it is very beautiful.  And of course it sounds great - well in the right hands it would.  So thank you very much for your help in this - it is perfect."

- Mike, England

Nov. 29, 2011

"Bros, great skins! Love you guys."

- Gordy Ryan, Seattle

Nov. 27
, 2011

"Hey, the drums are awesome!!!!! The bougarabou is wonderfull and beautiful! I arrived at Rio de Janeiro yesterday and the drums arrived from the trip ok, with no problems! The skin passed by the Brazilian customs with no problems; I was afraid about this.

  Me and my girlfriend want to go to California next year, and if we go, certainly I will visit DSD and buy more things, like dvds and books and a djembe!"

- Gustavo, Brazil

Nov. 17, 2011

"Picked up the drums today, and I must say, man, you guys make a great product.  I absolutely love these drums... they are beautiful to behold."

- Ron, El Paso, TX

Nov. 8, 2011

"The drum is fantastic...  It's great .... I love the sound."

- Vincent, Ann Arbor, MI

Nov. 8, 2011

"You guys are the best! Aloha."

- Christopher, Hilo, Hawaii

Nov. 6
, 2011

"Thank you so much for your super good service and I'm looking forward for shopping @ your shop in the future."

- Joe, Japan

Nov. 2, 2011

"I lgot the blue/green drum today ... it is beautiful. Love the carving! It sounds awesome!"

- Sherry, Austin, TX

Nov. 2, 2011

"I love my shell. It's the best shell I ever get. I love it. It sounds very good. I love the wood. I love my shell. love it. Thank you very much. I appreciiate what you do for me."

- Kingsley Pipim, Ghana

Nov. 2, 2011

"I recieved the drum a few minutes ago.  It is like what you described.  The setup and finishing are excellent and the sound is great - very befitting of a Premier Line djembe."

- Bob, Singapore

Nov. 1, 2011

"Thanks to Drumskull Drums for putting their hard work into setting up and skinning my drum. I want to acknowledge their commitment to their art, as well as the chain of people that came before them; the teachers and parents and musicians that inspired them to become so good at what they do. Matt Hardwick and Ryan Bennett, may your hands never crack and your backs never be sore.
Thanks to all the people that have bought drums from Drumskulls and have given them the experience and practice to refine their techniques and make mine the best one yet."

- Tyler, Seattle, WA

Oct. 30
, 2011

"I have received the drum and I like it very much. The shell is great and the three sounds are so clear . It is a real professional djembe! Thanks a lot!"

- Yang, China

Oct. 24
, 2011

"(The Rhythm Refernce Project) is a very important, useful and jammin' reference collection."

- Paul, Katonah, NY

Oct 17
, 2011

"The tuning of the two drums; and the respective inherent sounds due to the shells, skins, and Drumskull set up make for percussion magic. They are amazing !!!!  I actually love my drums."

- John, Napa, CA

Oct 12, 2011

"Hey guys, I got my balafon in the mail . As with everything else I've ever ordered from you, it is absolutely top-notch. I hope to eventually be able to do it some justice. I've even got a lesson coming this Sunday. Thanks again!"

- Greg, Gaylord, MI

Oct 5, 2011

"Thanks for putting together a fine instrument. The drum I just got is amazing and more than what I was expecting! Clear tone and balance all around."

- Keith, Bellingham, WA

Sept 26, 2011

"Great job on the lenke Ivory Coast repair.The custom ksinkasinks and djembe bag are the bomb!"

- Mitch, New Orleans, LA

Sept 25, 2011

"The djembe we bought last week showed up in Montana before we got back. It is in excellent condition and I am very happy with it. It has been a pleasure doing business with you."

- Bob, Kalispell, MT

Sept 16, 2011

"After weeks of anticipation overload I received my djembe today.  As a novice but interested drum maker, I was eager to see what a truly pro drum would sound like, and now I know.  I would have to nitpick to the .1 percentile to find anything wrong with this drum.  The shell integrity is incredible, as you said it would be, and I went from sounding decent to sounding like an African. Those dry little ghost echoes and cool 'wop' sounds I always hear when the pro Africans play are now mine thanks to you guys, so it was worth the investment."

- Joe, Miami, FL

Sept 8, 2011

"Thanks for my drum. It's awesome. I love it.. Great recommendation."

- Arnie, Kissimmee, FL

Aug 31,

"I received my djembe today. Once again a big thanks for the excellent work and customer service you all provide. The skin is spot on perfect. I really love the look of the hair on this one. Great great sound. The Drumskull Drum tag in the shell. Very cool!"
- Joe, Morgantown, WV

Aug 25, 2011

"Finally I got it. It's amazing, the shell, the wood is so beautiful. And the sound, is just perfect. Probably, I'm the happiest man in the world right now. Thank you so, so, so much. My girlfriend is very nervous, she can't sleep.Thanks again Scott, be sure that we'll make more business in the future."

- Borja, Spain

Aug 19, 2011

"Hey Scott, you were great working with me. I believe your stuff is the best out there and is worth the extra. Have an awesome weekend and I'm sure I will love the drums."

- Tony, Fort Collins, CO

Aug 18,

"I just finished re-heading 7 djembes and I wanted to thank you for the quality of the skins that I got from you. I also wanted to tell you that the bar tool is amazing! It made the job sooo much easier. Love you guys."

- Deb, Battle Creek, MI

Aug 4,

"As a musician you should always buy the best instrument you can afford. And before you buy an instrument or more gear, ask yourself 'how is this going to improve my playing?' When I buy a drum its an investment in my playing and myself. I take lessons, practice and try to play the very best I can every time I play. Drumskull drums help me reach to my highest aspirations and are of the absolute highest quality.

Yes you are going to have to pay more than you would like, but there are no better Djembes and Dunun's. Cost is relative, and a good quality guitar will run you thousands of dollars. A $500 dollar drum will last you a lifetime and if you kept it 20 years that would only be about $2 dollars a month for playing a sick djembe. I have seen a few instances where people have come close to their level of work, but I have yet to see them surpassed by anyone in terms of quality. Top level shells, fresh African skins with American rope and materials. Hell yeah.

The sound of the Dunun after the heads have been broken in is exceptional. Listen to the tone of cheaper duns: they can sound muffled and/ or always have one side that does not have good projection/tone. With Drumskulls the Dunun notes are going to rumble, cleanly. The Kenkeni is going to cut through brightly, if you have it tuned properly. This allows you to play with more finesse/dynamics than people think possible from duns.

This is also a small business and the service is as top-notch as the drums."

- Pauli, Berkeley, CA

Aug 4, 2011

"Be sure that we will make more business in the future. I'm very, very, very happy."

- Borja, Spain

Aug 4, 2011

"I absolutely love my drum and what you did with it. Thank you so much. It sounds amazing and I love the spots on the skin. So thank you so much."

- Marie, Reno, NV

July 20, 2011

"Thanks for your help in the purchase of the congas. They are a work of art that adorns the house and just look cool sitting in the room..  the solid wood drums have a mellow tone and "sing." [They have a] pleasing resonance after being struck which seems to set them apart. Buying without hearing is a risk for the $ spent but I had trust based on my djembes from DS. Again thanks. My wife said to say that they are loud !"

- David, New Bedford, MA

June 24, 2011

"Djembe is absolutely great. As I progress in my playing I discover how good it really is. And my teacher was also delighted the first time he played it. He said, 'Wow, it really sings !'".

- Aleksandar, Croatia

June 24, 2011

"Drum is good. Thanks for the excellent service."

- Raf, Australia

June 12, 2011

"Just received my Djembe, you guys ROCK! absolutely beautiful and sounds incredible. Thanks for my favorite drum!!"

- Jeff, Kennesaw, GA

June 12, 2011

"This drum is amazing. Such quality. Phenomenal sound."

- Lars, Monona, WI

June 12,

"I hope you guys keep doing what you're doing. We love your qualify instruments. I always recommend your website to any of students when they ask where to get a good drum."

- Julian, New Zealand

June 9, 2011

"These congas are ... they're just ... oh my god ... fucking insane! I love them. I showed to ethnic drummers at festivals and they were all blown away. They are fucking unbelievable!"

- Scott, New York, NY

June 6,

"This drum was great. Really really really great. I can't imagine any being better!"

- S'Ankh Rasa, Dallas, TX

June 6,

"This drum releases the spirit! Amazing!"

- Jason, Webster, TX

June 5, 2011

"Lovin' my mid-size intermediate Mali. You guys do some amazing work. Top notch!"

- Patrick, Livermore, CA

June 1, 2011

"DrumSkull Drums are the very best.  Everybody says so.  Your name is spoken in awe & with respect around here.  You are the most popular cats this side of the Oogoo Mountains. Famoudou, Mamady, Wadaba, Issa Coulibaly - they all want to play my DrumSkulls Djembe when they come to Boston & I have you to thank for this."

- Caroline, Boston, MA

May 27,

"You guys are the best."

- Hampton, Richmond, VA

May 20, 2011

"Thank you for the information!! This kind of treatment with the client is the difference that makes a company lead the market."

- Gustavo, Brazil

May 19
, 2011

"I got my (shell) Wednesday of last week. It arrived two days ahead of schedule. Everything looks awesome... After only seeing the drum online, I was still very impressed when it arrived. It was exactly what I wanted and a beautiful drum. Thanks again for your patience in working with me and helping me through my indecisiveness."

- Matthew, Panama City Beach, FL

May 14, 2011

"Thanks for your help setting up my latest drum. The hare wood, and calf skin as per your suggestion are a winning combination. It is easier to play than the goat skin, or so I think, and the sound is perfect with its mellow, rich tones but really 'pop' like the goat skin when needed."

- David, Columbus, OH

May 13, 2011

"The drum is sweet, man! You guys are the shit. Thanks."

- Sekou, Portland, OR

May 9, 2011

"That's a really, really nice little drum for Melissa!  Excellent choice.  Thanks for the help."

- Randall, Portland, OR

May 4, 2011

"This is Bolokada Conde and I want to say that I love my drum I bought from you last fall."

- Bolokada Conde

May 3
, 2011

"Oh, yes!  I am in love!  I got my drum today and it is AWESOME!!!  I could not be more pleased!  Thank you so much for all your help!"

- Karen, Knoxville, TN

May 2, 2011

"My drum is ROCKING! Thanks once again for the quality work. Thanks for being the best and charging enough to continue doing it. I am super proud of you guys and your success and I hope you are around for as long as I keep playing so I can play the best!"

- Rusty Knorr, percussionist for Ottmar Leibert

April 26, 2011

"You have the best drums in the world."

- Prasasta, New Zealand

April 19, 2011

"I can't say enough how happy I am with this drum, the sound is AMAZING!"
- Kris, California

April 18
, 2011

"Thank you so much for being so pleasant and helpful and honest. it means so much to me!!"
- Jason, Fenton, MI

April 14, 2011

"The drum itself is sounds awesome. The tones and slap are supreme, and the bass note is better than I originally thought... The orange rope really compliments the tone of the wood, and I really like the grain patterns down near the bottom of the drum. It's gorgeous in a very refined way and doesn't need elaborate carvings, or other embellishment. The wood reminds me a bit of the "red stringy" eucalyptus that my dijeridu is made from. I was quite impressed with heft of the drum too - my heaviest djembe yet (in every way :-) ) Thanks for all your help, Ryan! I'm going to debut it in a show today with African Culture Connection. One of my fellow drummers turned to another djembe player in our group when he heard my drum sound and said 'We're in trouble now!'"
- Jason, Omaha, NE

April 14, 2011

"The skins arrived safely today! The Australian customs did not inspect the skins.
Thank you very much. I could not get African goat skins in Australia without your help.
When Mamady Keita came to Australia in 2008, I could tell that his drum skin was put by DrumSkull Drum because of the style. I could put the skin really tight like Mamady's with your rope puller. It is the best one amongst the similar pullers because of the combination of the hook and the cleat. I like it very much. Go DrumSkull Drums!
Thank you very much for your big help."

- Yasuo, Australia

April 13
, 2011

"I got the order in yesterday and everythying looks great. I"m really happy. Thanks a lot.

- Jim, Houston, TX

April 13, 2011

"Thank you. I greatly admire your conscientiousness and honesty."

- Fausto, Italy

April 6, 2011

"As I improve my djembe playing. I am every day more happy with my drum."

- Aleksandar, Slovenia

April 5, 2011

"Thank you very much for your BIG help for this order. I really thank you for your huge efforts for this shipment to Australia."

- Yasuo, Australia

April 3
, 2011

"The drum is sounding great.  (My teacher) broke his skin recently so he is playing the drum in question at dance class a lot, he says 'This drum makes me smile.'"

- John, California

30, 2011

"Your rope made it to Maui yesterday, and it's the BOMB!!! Thanks for your help in guiding me to that rope. It's perfect for the drum it's going on.'"

- Al, Maui

30, 2011

"You guys always provide great service ... and call  back when you say you will ... I appreciate that a lot ... keep on doing what you're doing."

- Sherwin, Canada

March 29, 2011

"I now have a new skin on the djembe I bought from you, it is sounding absolutely KILLER!!!  Probably the best djembe I've ever owned."
- Dan, Australia

March 29, 2011

"I saw Dan's new drum from you guys last night and I was blown away! It is the quality of drum building that I am nowhewre near and I am aspiring to. You guys have some serious skills and I want to learn from the master!"
- Wayne, Australia

March 24, 2011

"I am very happy with the other drum you guys put together for me. It sounds great."

- John, California

March 22, 2011

"I am so proud of you guys and how far you have come. You are truly the best drum craftsmen in the world."
- Rusty Knorr, percussionist for Ottmar Leibert

March 11, 2011

"Hey Guys, Good job on the bote. Thank you for a job well done."

- Doug, Oregon

March 7, 2011

"I got my djembe today... The drum is awesome! Thank you."

- Dan, Australia

Feb. 28, 2011

"Hello! I got my order today ))) Thank you! The bells from Mali are very good and have a beautiful sound."

- Yuri, Russia

Feb. 19, 2011

"Thanks my friends, I received Beauty.  She is radiant and sitting by me now in my room and I am grateful for you."

- Afia, Sebastopol, CA

Feb. 15, 2011

"The djembe is amazing. Thanks for everything!!!"

- Ezequiel, Argentina

Jan. 29, 2011

"I got my drum today. Absolutely perfect! It looks great and radiates professional craftsmanship. Your customer service was top-notch and your product is easily the best drum. I am going to be the talk of the class. Here's to building my skills to meet the beauty of this drum! Thanks."

- Jessie, Seattle, WA

Jan. 27, 2011

"I'd like to thank you for everything that you've done to make sure that I'm happy with my drum. You guys really do have good customer service."

- Jessie, Seattle, WA

Jan. 21, 2011

"I got the quinto back. The repair job looks great. Very clean and absolutely undetectable. I had full stem crack repaired at .... recently (from a drum which was damaged on an airplane). I can honestly say that your repair job looks a lot cleaner (so does your packaging). I love the look of the hardware."

- Jake, Lenox, MA

Jan. 18, 2011

"I received my drum yesterday. Thank you. It is awesome."

- Joaquin, Humble, TX

Jan. 11, 2011

"I feel very solid sending people your way, as I have been more than happy with everything I have gotten from DSD, not to mention the service."

- Tom, Atlanta, GA

Jan. 9, 2011

"Much impressed by your resolution of the problem on a Sunday!  I've little doubt I'll be back for other business in the future. Appreciate it."

- Anne, Austin, TX

Jan. 7, 2011

"I just wanted to sing the praises of my new Solo Djembe from Guinea. This is the most wonderful Djembe I have ever played. It is superb. First and foremost it's sound; it is voiced supremely, it can practically slap itself! It is an aesthetically beautiful drum, and set up wonderfully by Drumskulls.  I recently performed with a group of musicians and each and every drummer wanted a turn with this magic drum. It is a special instrument.  Thank you."

-John, Napa, CA

Jan. 2, 2011

"I conduct hand drumming workshops worldwide for corporate team building, community events and private groups, and the folks at Drumskulls make instruments as good as, or better than, any I've seen in all of my travels!  And I'm very demanding when it comes to instruments that have authentic sound and feel!"

-Jim Greiner, Santa Cruz, CA

Dec. 30, 2010

"One more time, I'm so satisfied with this amazing Mali drum. The work is perfect ... Thanks so much Ryan for your high-quality drums."

- Joao, France

Dec. 24, 2010

"Thanks for all the good advise and good products you have provided to me. Keep it up!  Looking forward to a great sounding 2011."

- Sheng, Malaysia

Dec. 18, 2010

"I like how the drum plays. It plays so much differently than goat skin. Different than calf too. I love the high, easy slaps and as long as I pay attention (don't get sloppy), it has beefy tones as well. Nice bass for a solo-tuned djembe. Yum. Glad I listened. Mamady was right about the horse hide, from my experience so far. Go figure. :-)

Thanks again for building great drums, and for taking a chance and trying something new!"

- Alan, Arlington, MA

Dec. 14, 2010

"Thank you! I always enjoy working with you guys."

- Alan, Arlington, MA

Dec. 14, 2010

"Just got my Ivory Coast djembe. Yes, I must say the Ivory djembe is perfect about its sound. It produces not sounds but melody! I love the melodius sounds by Iroko wood, but it's very hard to make a real wonderful Ivory djembe and it is you people of DSD who can bring out the Iroko wood's melody potential. Thank you all again."

- Liang, China

Dec. 13, 2010

"You guys are awesome. I am thrilled with my new djembe. Quality craftsmanship all the way. It looks beautiful. I love the sound and the way it plays. I am very, very happy. Thanks Ryan for helping me pick this drum."

- Lilo, Harrisburg, PA


Dec. 7, 2010

"I've never seen another web site with this kind of customer service!"

- Jim, Fort Collins, CO

Dec. 3, 2010

"The drums are beautiful! Thank you!"

- Martin, Tucson, AZ

Dec. 2, 2010

"I am very proud to be a DSD customer!"

- Liang, China

Dec. 1, 2010

"I'm back in Hawaii and playing the Bugarabus... They are incredible! Respect!"

- Benjamin, Hawaii

Nov. 19, 2010

"Thank you very much for sending the skins. The skins arrived and they are exactly what I wanted. Makes a very very happy customer. Thank you."

- Brandon, Australia

Nov. 18, 2010

"Thanks so much for your help. Drumskulls rocks!!"

- Joao, France

Nov. 11, 2010

"I got the drum today. It's beautiful. I love it. Thank you very much."

- Bolokada Conde, Champaign, IL

Nov. 10, 2010

"This shell is beautiful and sounds amazing!"

- Bob, Cornville, AZ

Nov. 7, 2010

"Got my overhauled djembe today in the mail and all I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!  Drumskulls has surpassed my expectations and really brought out the potential of this drum.  I knew it was in there but was not able to achieve it on my own, however, I knew if anybody could it was gonna be Drumskull Drums.  The quality craftsmanship and care that goes into your work truly shows up in the end product.  In an age where mediocrity and banality have become the norm, it is so refreshing to know there are still true craftsmen in this world who rise above the muck.  Thanx so much for my beautiful drum and keep up the good work."

- Harry, Kihei, HI

Nov. 5, 2010

"I love the bugarabu, they both sound like magic when I play them together."

- Emmett, San Rafael, CA

Nov. 5, 2010

"We got our duns yesterday. They sound and look great. We are quite pleased:-)"

- Lilo, Harrisburg, PA

Nov. 4, 2010

"I hosted a workshop with M'Bemba Bangoura last month and he used & loved the djembe you made for me. He said it was perfect for me & I agree."

- Chris, Nova Scotia, Canada

Oct. 28, 2010

"You're the shit! Thanks again."

- Chris, Nova Scotia, Canada

Oct. 28, 2010

"Hey. A special thanks to Ryan for helping me pick out this drum. I love my new djembe, everything I was looking for. Thanks guys. Peace!"

- Buck, Eureka, CA

Oct. 27, 2010

"I got the drum, and I would say 'Holy Cow!', but I think 'Holy Goat!' would be more appropriate :)   You folks did fantastic work on both this and the bass djembe you sent me a couple of weeks ago (although technically I think I would refer to that one as a baritone djembe, but I digress...). Thanks again, and I look forward to getting more drums from you down the road."

- Bryan, Dallas, TX

Oct. 26, 2010

"I received the krin. It's perfect! A great instrument. In the future I'm planning to complete the set with the small and the big one. Thanks for your attention and your help."

- Salvador, Argentina

Oct. 25, 2010

"Hey guys the dununs arrived today.  They look and sound amazing.  Thanks so much, we will enjoy rocking them at Fara's dance classes and our show with Abdoul and Djeneba on Wednesday."

- Tober, Boulder, CO

Oct. 21, 2010

"I ordered recently a gorgeous djembe from Guinea. The drum arrived yesterday fine and safe, the package was very solid, and the shipping fast. I'm very pleased with this oustanding drum... I appreciate your help and expert information. Once more, thanks for this excellent drum and for your passion and dedication to African tradition."

- Joao, Spain

Oct. 15, 2010

"It is very hard to find honest people in the African Drum and dance profession. You have all of my and my organization's business from here on out."

- Kamaal, Detroit, MI

Oct. 15, 2010

"I received the drum yesterday and played it for dance class.  It sounds amazing!
Thank you."

- Cary, Oak Creek, CO

Oct. 14, 2010

"The drum is great. Didn't get much of a chance to play last night (returned from Europe about 10:30 last night). Love the case. Looking forward to getting to know it better."

- Evan, Portland, OR

Oct. 12, 2010

"You were very right that these two Bugarabu's are indeed sweet.  Been playing them all weekend.  I am glad that strongly suggested the two lower ones and they are indeed the right height. Thanks. This has been a long process and I am glad to say that I am very satisfied with the outcome. I have some wonderful drums for which will last me for many many years."

- Mark, Seattle, WA

Oct. 11, 2010

"Just wanted to drop a quick note to say that the bolon and djeli ngoni arrived safely the other day...and they are beautiful! Nice solid construction and materials. Got 'em all tuned up and am quite happy with them (the bolon was for re-sell, and the ngoni, well...I may just keep that one here at the shop for ourselves!)."

- Dave, Black Bear Moon Rhythm Ensemble, NH

Oct. 6, 2010

"Drumskulls rocks!!"


- Tober, Boulder, CO

Oct. 6, 2010

"Thanx again for everything and I’ll continue to recommend Drumskull Drums to everyone interested - not only because of the best drums, but excellent service as well. It was great doing business with you"

- Aleksandar, Slovenia

Sept. 28, 2010

"What I want to say to you and DSD people is: 'Only few people rocks on Earth. When it comes to DSD, it does happen!'
My G291 demonstrated that DSD djembe is the No.1 among all professional djembes in the world. I love the quality sound, unbelievable. Thank you and DSD for making my dream come true. After I'm back home, I'll write a full report to recommend your djembe at China djembe forum."

- Liang, China

Sept. 28, 2010

""I just recently started to play Djembe and (expectedly) I fell in love with drumming  :-) Thus, I decided to buy best Djembe there is, which means - Drumskull Djembe."

- Aleksandar, Croatia

Sept. 27, 2010

"I just got my drum and it looks phenomenal and sounds wonderful. Thanks a lot. Even the small stuff (packaging, customer service and the price) was really rockin'. I look forward to doing more business with you."

- Quinn, Park City, UT

Sept. 23, 2010

"... You have a passion for quality that I really admire... You guys do great work."

- Leo, Ottawa, Canada

Sept. 23, 2010

"I received the order yesterday and I am definitely stoked!  Thanks for your patience and work helping me get an order I could afford

- Cary, Oak Creek, CO

Sept. 16, 2010

"I own 5 djembes but none of them compare with this one. I've owned the drum for a year and a half and I've never had to pull another diamond to adjust the tune. My drum has stayed in perfect tune for over a year and a half. And that's under heavy use because I play nearly every day." 

- Gregory, Kingwood, TX 

Sept. 16, 2010

"My drum arrived tonight at 6:45, in time for me to take it to dance class. It's just beautiful!  And I love the way that it plays. Thank you. It was worth the wait" 

- Bob, San Luis Obispo, CA

Sept. 14, 2010

"... How incredible your drums are and the incredible cases that you made for me and friends." 

- Stu, Baltimore, MD

Sept. 10, 2010

"The congas are just great... Boy do they sound fine together... Got the Quinto bag too and it fits wonderfully." 

- Mark, Seattle, WA

Sept. 10, 2010

"Those conga shells I got from you. People can't believe them. The Haitians I play with go off on them. You wood is just that awesome." 

- Pat, Albuquerque, NM

Sept. 9, 2010

"I received my djembe and could not be happier. It is awesome, everything I wanted. It sounds great. The workmanship is incredible. Thank you very much. The case is even a perfect fit. Thanks again." 

- Weldon, Chestnut Mtn, Georgia 

Sept. 3, 2010

"The drum case arrived yesterday.  It is a perfect fit and just as impressive a piece of workmanship and you promised that it would be, and it was more than worth the wait!  Thanks to all of you!"

- Karen W, Columbia, MD

Aug. 26, 2010

"After you took my order for a new Deluxe Djembe Case on Wednesday, I came down on Thursday to pick it up. Joel greeted me and we tried fitting it in the green one but it was too tight so we put my drum in a black case for a great fit. 
Joel was very personable and we got to talking about the care and upkeep of the drum and not only did he clean the dust off, but applied another coat of coconut oil and added a few more diamonds to the weave to tune up the head. We had great conversation, I got some excellent education, and I bought a pair of claves. Scott was on hand to keep my girlfriend informed on building Djembe drums and both men were very courteous, welcoming, helpful and encouraging regarding the entire culture surrounding all things regarding drumming. Rarely have I seen such great personal customer service as was demonstrated in Joel and Scott where the representatives go the extra mile with willing enthusiasm and passion for what they are doing. I think you have two amazing employees here and it speaks highly of your management and why Drumskulls are the highest quality and first choice among players that I know personally.
Best wishes and continued success!"

- Kent, Palo Alto, CA 

Aug. 23, 2010

he best djembe on the planet! 
I am proud that you guys who I grew up with in the community are representing the music, the instruments and the excellent culture in such a respectful way. Keep up the good work!"

- Zakariah, Oakland, CA

 Aug. 17, 2010

"My new congas have their own room with filtered morning sun looking toward the east. I am just very impressed with their quality.  Already I am thinking and playing differently.  Certainly a set of drums to grow into and an inspiration of life. Thanks."

- Mark, Seattle

 Aug. 16, 2010

"Got the drum on Friday and have not stopped playing it since. Its like a piece of furniture in my house, workmanship is of the highest quality!! Once again, thanks for the drum, you guys rock!!"

- Jono, New Zealand

Aug 10, 2010

"That dundun I bought from you is absolutely incredible. The sound is deep, full, rich and delicious. I love it."

- Caryn, Albuquerque, NM 

Aug. 5, 2010

"Got the drum, and its fantastic! Thanks again for making me happy, and my neighbors miserable!"

- Mitch, New Orleans

Aug 2, 2010

"I received the drum this morning. It sounds great!"

- Bradly, Austin, TX


Aug 2, 2010

"These drums are spectacular quality and are more than I expected. The sound is wonderful and indeed earthy."

- Mark, Seattle

July 30, 2010

"Got the drum today, looks and smells beautiful and sounds fantastic.  The sound overall is similar to my other drum, but definitely warmer and dryer and it is tuned a bit higher.  The shell is beautiful and the rope color works really well with the shell color.  The whole drum came out great. Your packing job was really fantastic, too.  It has been great working with you guys."

- Phil, Anchorage, Alaska

July 23, 2010

"Thank you so much for your help today in regards to my drum.  You are very patient. Thanks for your professional customer service.  The good news for me is that I will soon have the exact drum that I have been researching and seeking for many months. ... thanks again for making everything good."

- Weldon, Chestnut Mtn, GA

July 20, 2010

"I can't put in words how happy I am with my new Drumskull djembe. It way surpassed my expectations. You took my specifications and made my wishes happen. The drum sounds awesome, and the workmanship on the shell and drum building is of excellent quality. I will recommend Drumskull wherever I go. I also love the Djembe Pro bag. It's an excellent design and fits any of my drums very nicely. I was concerned that the bag would be too heavy or cumbersome, but neither one is the case. I am amazed how light it is given the great amount of protection it provides for my drums. I am very grateful to you and Drumskull for providing me with such a great drum and bag."

- Lilo, Harrisburg, PA

July 19, 2010

"The drum sounds wonderful. Thank you for doing such a great job."

- Chris, Southern California

July 10, 2010

"You guys are my favorite place to do business and I am so excited for your new conga line! ... Your quality is awesome ... "

- Chris, California

July 6, 2010

"I really do like to support you guys and what you do.  You are very easy to work with and have a great vibe."  

- Tim, Chicago

July 4, 2010

"Both Guinea and Mali shells are great! You guys are really the best!"

- Lee, China

June 30, 2010

"Just wanted to give a BIG thanx for the skins and all the rope, and to you and Scott for the help on my last shipment. There were some pretty cool rope color combos, especially the "Miami Vice" purple w/teal fleck. I'm glad I decided to wait for the Senegal shipment; the quality and thickness seems to be top notch."

- Ray, Chicago, IL

June 30, 2010

"I was super excited when I decided to come down and give my drums some DrumSkulls love, knowing of course what great work you all do, the love, the knowledge, the spirit, however...... after visiting, seeing, touching, connecting, and I am so incredibly off-the-chain excited!!!!  Thank you SO much!!!! 

- Ingrid, Oakland, CA

June 23, 2010

"I recently bought a Ivory Coast djembe with cow skin from (another business) lousy headed...I wrote to them said that it will be a solo drum, they made it like third accompaniment drum....I asked them if the drum  were heavy, they told me yes...but it is so light that it would not produce a decent sound....I feel like writing a article to post in to tell them the real professional is Ryan from Drumskulldrum....!"

- Lee, Malaysia

June 18, 2010

"Nice work on my drum again! It looks beautiful, and the skin is right on. It was the object of envy at camp again. Drumskull rocks the house!"

- Marc, Eagle, CO

June 17, 2010

"Just picked up my drum....I'm loving it! Just want to say thanks for everything and great service. I'll be back!!"

- Paul, United Kingdom

June 17, 2010

"I am absolutely stoked on that djembe. I can't believe how forgiving it is on my hands, plus it sounds freakin' awesome. I am very happy with it, and have had a couple people tell me that it is really tough to find skins like that. I told them I paid handsomely for it, and was worth every penny ;) Your instruments and workmanship continue to astound me.!"

- Greg, Mason, MI

June 16, 2010

"My friend Joseph Ashong who is a master drummer formerly of the National Dance and Drum Troupe of Ghana (almost 20 years ago now) who still actively plays, teaches and tours was in my store and played the djembe's you sent recently and he was amazed by the sound and I was amazed how it sounded with a pro playing it. Big WOW factor."

- Joanne, Boomtown Drums, Regina, Canada

Jun 15, 2010

"You guys have made the best dun duns in the world for me.  I been playing them and loving them.  Thanks! "

- Christian, Los Angeles

Jun 13, 2010

"I am a big fan of DrumSkull and frequently refer friends looking for a professional quality djembe for the right price."

- Nikk, Endless Breath Entertainment, Prescott, AZ

June 4, 2010

"I just wanted to say thanks for putting together such an amazing instrument. I am looking forward to showing it off in class tomorrow."

- Mark, Accord, NY

28, 2010

"I have always appreciated the excellent quality of shells and skins that I have received from DrumSkulls in the past.  You guys are always at the top of my list!"

- Pam, Columbia, MO

May 25, 2010

"I got the drum yesterday - It is awesome. Thank you for persuading me to get it... I am happy to advertise for you since you guys do such incredible work."

- Mark, Portland, OR

May 19, 2010

"Thanks again! The sound matches my Gele wood djembe perfectly. Very cool shell. Love it! Again thanks for your products and great customer service. Hopefully see you again in the future."

- Joe, West Virginia

May 18, 2010

"I was really glad I came down to Santa Cruz and talked to you and saw the drums. You are good people and a really good businessman too .. not easy to get to where you guys are at, world famous as the best drum makers."

- Arnold, Djembeman Drums

May 18, 2010

"Just got back from a 3-day festival with the new Guinea drum, and I got to say I just LOVE IT!!!! Thanks very much. I couldn't be happier with it! There were a lot a jaw droppers! haha! Lots a my friends will be getting ahold of you for retail and wholesale here in SD. Now I cant wait to get myself a Mali(Khadi)!"

- Andrew, South Dakota

May 16, 2010

"You all rock. There is no one like you so send a lot of cards cause I am a devotee and I network like a mo fo."

- Phillip, Southern California

May 14, 2010

"The bougarabous are awesome:-)

Just got back from Wildacres African Drum and Dance Camp in North Carolina. Tom H. was playing his brand new Guinea djembe he bought from you. Wow, great sound and look:-)"

- Lilo, Harrisburg, PA

May 13, 2010

"I received the drums and as expected they are beautiful and of high craftsmanship."

- Joanne, Boomtown Drums, Saskatchewan, CANADA

May 10, 2010

"I got the shipment in Thursday and love the shells... exactly what I was looking for."

- Kevin, Rhythm House Drums, North Carolina

May 4, 2010

"You have a stellar reputation and you have earned it. I will happily endorse you any time. I will be doing more business with you."

- Tom, Atlanta, GA

April 23, 2010

"I have had so much pleasure from the drums I bought from you and specifically the one I kept for myself which makes me sound like a much better player than I am."

- Joanne, Regina, Canada

April 19, 2010

 I have had so much pleasure from the drums I bought from you and specifically the one I kept for myself which makes me sound like a much better player than I am."The reconditioned drum is PHENOMENAL ... WOW ... A big thank you  to you all!!!!!"

- Barry, Reno, NV

April 13, 2010

"Love LOve LOVe LOVE the Drum! She is beautiful!"

- Renae, Sedona, AZ

March 28, 2010

"I have been lucky to hear the quality of your products in my past and have to thank you for the inspiration it has given me to play the djembe."

- Karl, Washington

March 26, 2010

"The new conga hardware is pretty freaking sweet. Good job guys!"

- Jacob, California

March 17, 2010

"I have been playing and enjoying your guys' Ngoma you made for me now going on over 8 years, and the beast is still going strong! Awesome bass, smooth rich midtones, and great slap. Could not do a gig without it!"

- Scott, Colorado

March 14, 2010

"The new bass djun sounds just fabulous and all of four of my Drumskull 

djuns are now remarkably well-blended thanks to your adjustments... I use my djun-djun set in every aspect of my professional career. When I work with a student on their rhythm, they always enjoy playing the Drumskull drums because their sound is so clear and resonant, and they're so easy to play. I also use Drumskull drums in each of my four project bands...  My pieces sometimes require exact pitches from djun-djuns and here again, these drums shine. Lastly, these djun-djuns have been integral to my all-night outdoor drumming and dancing rituals for well over a decade... They're 
indestructible! ... You'll be very happy with your investment in these exquisite 

- Michael, Oakland, CA

March 8, 2010

"... I play a lot of different congas on a regular basis. I regularly attend a rumba night in Ann Arbor and get to play all kinds of drums from Sols, LP's, old and new Gon Bops, Valjes etc... They are all very different, but I can say that having played the Drumskulls for 2 years, the heads feel most like Sols. But the voice is unique to these drums. They do not sound like LP's, and I mean that in a good way."

- Greg, Michigan

March 4, 2010

"It looks absolutely beautiful and and sounds absolutely wonderful. I'm so very happy!"

- Cary, Colorado

March 3, 2010

"I still love the djembe. I have to visit it almost every day, despite my incredibly busy schedule. You guys have a great company and I wish you continued success and a great 2010!"

- Gregg, Buffalo, NY

March 3, 2010

"Thanks so much for my beautiful djembe. It's way above par. Excellent job"

- Leaf, Santa Cruz, CA

March 3, 2010

"Great shop for traditional west african percussion:  djembes, dunun, ngomas etc.

Workmanship: A+
Price:  no comment
Service:  A+

I've worked with these guys since I started playing 6 years ago and they've always provided a top-shelf product and service."

- JCT, via Yelp

March 1, 2010

"All three bougarabous made it safely to Harrisburg, hooray. They are gorgeous ...

The shells are beautifully crafted and your workmanship is exceptional. Thank you for all your help finding these shells and building the drums for me. I have great fun playing the set and am glad I waited and I am also glad I bought the set one.."

- Lili, Harrisburg, PA

Feb. 22, 2010

"The commodity was received. Thank you for a wonderful drum. Thank you for wonderful service."

- Kaoru, Japan

Feb. 12, 2010

"Drumskull Drums are the very best on many levels. The authenticity coupled with the very best of quality and commitment really makes their instruments awesome...I own many..."

- John, Napa, California

Feb. 12, 2010

"We pay the Highest respect easy act to follow....thank you for setting the standard and passing on the traditions of drum building."

- Sagemam Drums

Feb. 11, 2010

"You brothers never cease to amaze..and I am sending you all as many customers and prayers as I can 8-):

- Vance, Hayward, California

Feb. 10, 2010

"The djembes arrived today in good condition. They are so beautiful! Thanks for providing an awesome product. These drums are going to make a lot of people happy   :-)"

- Jeff, New Zealand

Feb. 9, 2010

"I forgot to mention that the drum made it alright and is absolutely ----ing brilliant!  Thanks heaps. It's the best drum I've ever played."

- Joel, New Zealand

Feb. 8, 2010

"I'm most thankful for all of your hard work - both pre-sale and post-sale. I'm looking forward to become a drumskull customer, player and advocate amongst my friends in the djembe community :)

Best wishes to you and all of your drumskull cohorts."

- John, Sedona, AZ

Feb. 7, 2010

"Thank you, guys, for working with me to build the djembe I wanted. I've been literally dreaming of the drum since I knew you had built it.  It's amazing.  The craftsmanship, from the wood carving (on an amazing piece of lenke) to the incredible heading job (done with excellent quality rope and a sweet skin) is above and beyond what I had hoped for. You matched what I was looking for as far as sound perfectly.  I was concerned that with my focus on a nice solid tone, the slap may be a bit muted, but it is definitely uninhibited while remaining nice and tight... I am very pleased with my drum."

- Ahren, Florida

Feb. 2, 2010

"I think Drumskull's awesome!"

- Jeni, California

Feb. 1, 2010

"Hey guys, I'm loving my Mali djembe you hooked me up with... Thanks a million."

- Paddy, Wisconsin

Jan. 24, 2010

"I received it Friday and love it.  I can't keep my hands off it"

- Cary, Colorado

Jan. 18, 2010

"I received the rope. I just open it and love itï¼?Thank you very much for everything! I will talk to you soon again."

- Junichiro, Japan

Jan. 17, 2010

"Shell arrived in perfect condition half an hour ago :-) It's beautiful! You really did a fine job on the shell and decorations, and the rings are perfectly matched. I'm really happy with it! I agree, it should sound as good as it looks--the carver did a fine job too!"

- Michi, Australia

Jan. 15, 2010

"I was floored by these drums ... I love it... Great drums... Sonically and visually stunning, to say the least.... Works of art in every way... These are djembes and congas made the way God intended.... Thanks, great working with you, killer drums."

- Gregg, Buffalo, NY

Jan. 14, 2010

"It looks amazing!!! I can't wait to play it! It turned out better than I imagined. Thanks so much!!!"

- Chris, Nova Scotia

Jan. 12, 2010

"Just want to let you know I received my drum yesterday.  It is absolutely beautiful, it's stunning, WOW. The craftsmanship is incredible, and it sounds phenomenal.  Thanks again for all your help through the building process.  I will recommend Drumskull to anyone looking for a drum. A very satisfied customer. "

- Shawn, Ohio

Jan. 11, 2010

"Hey Ryan , crazzzy drum , thanks for your direction again .....  
Most smoking, wicked drum I have ever touched , plays all on his own , 
 ..... Thanking all involved in the creation , great job .
 It will be hard to let go for me ? So i might just sell the others ,
and play and advertise for drum skulls ... Looking forward to doing more business , soon. Cheers."

- David, British Columbia

Jan. 7, 2010

"Your djembe is making a lot of people happy :)"

- Tim, United Kingdom

Jan. 7, 2010
"Thank you for the fast turn-around on my djembe re-heading. It looks and sounds great. The blue cording is very sharp looking too."

- Alan, California

Dec. 30, 2009

"I went in and picked up a new drum as a gift Monday afternoon and it was well received, definitely a new convert for Drumskulls. I also wanted to thank you for taking the time to pick out a few drums for me to consider. I decided on the Senegal drum but brought it into the shop yesterday when I purchased the new drum just to make sure it was the right one; it is. Met the two guys working Monday in Santa Cruz and they were very helpful, great guys and knowledgeable as well...made buying another drum a breeze. I wish more businesses had fantastic staff like yours...definitely artists and good salesman for sure."

- Emmett, California

Dec. 18, 2009

"Got the Krin and it's very, very nice. As I knew it would be. Never seeing one until I saw it on your site then looked it up on You Tube and thought how cool. This is a great addition to my collection and will be alot of fun. I'm hoping to add 1 or two more drums to my collection in the future so hopefully I'll contact you in 6 or so months.

Again thanks for your excellent products and customer service."

- Joe, West Virginia

Dec. 14, 2009

"I wish Drumskull Drums all the best. Thank you for continuing to bring a great product to drummers. When you play them you feel the quality as well as hear it."

- John, California

Dec. 9, 2009

"Wow !! Thank you Ryan. I love Drumskull Drums !! I really appreciate your time and consideration in doing this. Truly no one else out there creates a product that has the quality, integrity, and sound of your drums.  I have been facilitating what I call drum ensembles rather than drum circles, and every one is impressed by my dununs, djembes, etc."

- John, California

Nov. 24, 2009

"The dununs are ridiculous. Aesthetics and sound quality!  Malik saw them and heavily approved. He also can't stop playing the djembe you sent down. Thank you for the excellent job on them. I was going to call you guys tomorrow actually to ask about stands for them and let you know how great the drums are. The djembe sounds really crisp and I'm enjoying it very much."

- Christian, California

Nov 24, 2009

"Thank you very much for supplying such excellent skins. The previous shipment of skins went to very thankful customers, and I'm happy that I can tell them that they are getting awesome quality when I reskin their drums."

- Nick, Winnipeg, CAN

Nov 24, 2009

"I got the djalla djembe yesterday and I'm really impressed by its beauty! It's got a perfect shape, well balanced, no wood defaults and a skillful interior carving  which makes it a piece of art. Not to mention that distinctive smell the djalla wood sends out, it's like the wood -or its spirit- is alive... I'm very happy with my new djembe and I can't wait till it's ready to play on. Thanks for everything Ryan. I am grateful"

- Yannis, Greece

Nov 23, 2009

"The dununba arrived safe and sound last Monday. The sound is strong and gangsta!!! Everyone is impressed by the craftsmanship. Good job. Glad I got it."

- Cory, Virginia

Nov 21, 2009

"Just wanted to let you know I'm totally in love with my new sportscar drum. Thanks guys."

- Stori, California

Nov 12, 2009

"Guys - got my drum yesterday. It's gorgeous. The wood is beautiful and the craftsmanship is second to none. Everything in the package was in order. The cowskin round is the perfect thickness and of course the hoops fit nicely around the bowl. Many thanks to the whole DrumSkulls team. You guys do an excellent job."

- Paddy, Wisconsin

Nov 12, 2009

"I want to tell you that I've thoroughly enjoyed the process of working together with you on getting this drum built.  Thank you for all of the extra effort you put out.  You're the man.  Please extend many thanks to Scott and Matt, as they have each been very helpful and kind. It is clear that you guys care about what you do."

- Ahren, Florida

Nov 12, 2009

"I am definitely spreading the word on how great you stand behind your products!"

- Bobbie, Texas


Nov 12, 2009

"I love Drumskull Drums!"

- Leah, via Facebook


Oct 29, 2009

"I bought one of your djembes last year and it's AWESOME! Love your drumz."

Carole, via Facebook


Oct 26, 2009

"Wow! Thanks soo much. I absolutely love the calf skin IC! Perfect size for me, round, and quite light. You guys do the best work, hands down."

Nate, Denver, Colorado


Oct 12, 2009

"I really appreciate your dedication to keeping the West African percussion traditions alive, and for you attention to detail in your products. The description of this djembe was right on, I am so pleased with it! Thanks!"

Ben, Boise, Idaho


Oct 2, 2009

"Hi guys, I did indeed get my case yesterday and i just had to write to tell you how impressed i am with it!  It is truly an outstanding case, it will protect my treasured djembe when i need to put it on an airplane.  Thanks again for your personal and prompt attention to my requests and inquiries.......i will pass the accolades on; thanks again!  I wish you continued success with your business."

Jany, Louisiana

Sept 24, 2009

"I just want to say 'thank you' again for being so helpful and patient with me. I received the drum last week and it is everything I imagined and more!! Thank you for that. It sounds amazing."

Ben, Wisconsin

Sept 21, 2009

"I was asked at a festival this weekend ... someone came up to me and asked, "Is that a Drumskulls head?" He said he would recognize their work anywhere, cuz it's the best!"


Sept 10, 2009

"Good customer service. You guys rock."

Dave, California

Sept 2, 2009

"Picked it up today. It's truly lovely. Everything that I wanted from the sound. Thank you so much. I have been searching for a year for this drum. If you ever need any recommendations, just ask.."

Tim, United Kingdom

Sept 1, 2009

"Drumskull Drums is a place where Djembes are turned into turbo charged djembes. It is like a custom fabrication shop for drummers. None compare to the consistent quality and care that go into their work. I have been a loyal customer for 10 years now."

Tony, Santa Cruz, CA

Sept 1, 2009

"It's a pleasure doing business with a company that actually cares about their customers!"

Lynda, Minnesota

August 27, 2009

"Got my drum yesterday, and you weren't kidding -- it sounds amaaaazing, not to mention how it looks ---gaawd. Its like you detailed it, and man does it sing. I took it to class last night, and afterwards my teacher practically grabbed it out of my hands, played it, and demanded to know who repaired it.

Just wanted to say thanks to the DSD team."

Zach, Santa Monica, CA

August 12, 2009

"I think you have a great online store."

Chuck, North Carolina

July 20, 2009

"Hi Guys!! I am in Santa Cruz doing a gig tonight at the Kuumbwa playing the drum you put together for me. It's still the nicest djembe I have ever played. Thanks as always for your hard work and craftsmanship. You are the best!"

Rusty Knorr, Drummer for Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

July 20, 2009

"Thank you for helping my husband with the drum selection! You are right - I am extremely happy with them!!"

Carolan, Nevada

July 15, 2009

... "I am very particular, and at times have been known to be extremely neurotic, when it comes to choosing the best quality drums or materials for drum repair. I can say without hesitation, that that is exactly what Drumskull Drums offers and at very reasonable prices, too! I have tried several different suppliers before I found Drumskull Drums. However, I must insist that Drumskull Drums’ quality of product, prices and their outstanding customer service remain unmatched by any other dealer/supplier that I’ve ever worked with. In fact, I recommend Drumskull Drums materials to all my customers, and use them exclusively on all of my repairs and projects. In addition to great quality materials, Drumskull Drums also offers great quality drums... I can say with certainty that you will not be disappointed with the quality of service and product that Drumskull Drums offers. In fact, I’m willing to go as far as to say that they may even exceed your expectations. I hope that you can soon find an opportunity to give these guys a chance."

Ray West, Rasta Ray Drum Repair, Illinois

July 12, 2009

"I've seen several of your drums at Seattle's World Rhythm Festival and they are indeed amazing... They're beautiful, really, and if I had the budget I'd buy


Tavo, Seattle

July 10, 2009

"I had heard that Drumskull does as close to the "real thing" as available in the U.S. (compared to ones made in Congo). With the help of friends with cars, we traveled from San Francisco to Santa Cruz 3 times to get this drum made... I've performed with it at music festivals and concerts and even brought it to Congolese Dance and Drum Camp. I LOVE THIS DRUM. Well made. Worth the money. Customer service = excellent. They really care about making a quality instrument. Next possible purchase: dunnuns. There's a high possibility that I'll come back here. "

mOnsterlicious E, Yelp

July 8, 2009

"Just wanted to let you know that we received my drum back in good condition and it sounds GREAT! Actually I think it sounds better than before. The sound is somehow warmer. More bass. Thanks again. I really appreciate it."

Michela, British Columbia

July 8, 2009

"Just wanted to tell you how happy I am with the skins we received.

Very nice and I appreciate the quality."

Alan, The DrumConnection, Arlington, MA

July 7, 2009

"The skin was very clean and nice, medium thickness is ok with me... Also the rubber, love it!"

Sheng, Malaysia

July 7, 2009

"You make the best djembes in the world!"

Bruno, Scotland

June 25, 2009

"Love my djembe that I ordered from you! It makes even me sound good."

Maryann, NY

June 25, 2009

"Got the drums on Friday. As I was hoping, they are 'amazing'!!! They were packed in the boxes nice, and no cracks. I'm glad that I went with a larger dununba. The green, gold, and red handles on are a nice touch, thanx for that, and kudos to whoever came up with that style in general. The djalla djembe is beautiful, and sounds nice and crisp. The shell is definitely high quality, nice and solid feeling, and has left me relieved that I didn't go with a (competitor's) djembe."

Unnamed, Chicago, IL

June 20, 2009

"Love the drum you fixed for me. Excellent craftsmanship."

Josh, Watsonville, CA

June 18, 2009

"I personally think that because of the service, and other reasons, is why I like dealing with you guys instead of anyone else. I have gone as far as to tell my customers that if they spend a little more on materials from DrumSkull Drums, I will personally warranty them to a certain extent."

Ray, Chicago, IL

June 14, 2009

"Best drums in the business. Staff are awesome, friendly and knowledgable but most importantly humble. I continue to refer friends to them to get the best bang for their buck. The drums are beautifulkly crafted. I have yet to see any others so flawlessly designed."

Yaker Hawoh, via Yahoo Local

May 28, 2009

"I just started working with the djembe and dundun rhythm reference downloads. What a great resource! They sound great, and are nice to listen to even when I'm not actually practicing. Thanks a million for a great job."

- John, Philadelphia

May 26, 2009

"You guys' drums are just so superior to everyone else's."

Christina, Tucson

May 11, 2009

"I received the drum on Friday. It is a beauty! I love it! It looks, feels and sounds so good. Thanks man."

Stephen, Philadelphia

May 4, 2009

"Hi, I just got my new djembe and I want to thank you all at Drumskull for the drum. It looks and above all, sounds amazing. No more synthetic ring drumming. I am sold!"

Mark, Colorado

May 1, 2009

"I received the drum last night, woke the kids up testing it out. It is great. Amazing sound and a beautiful drum. I can't wait to spend some quality time playing."

Brant, Truckee, CA

April 30, 2009

"The djembe shell I got from your shop a couple of months ago is really a fantastic drum."

Yannis, Crete

April 27, 2009

"I love my new drum... In the world of West African drum/dance, Drumskull is a class act."

John, Austin, TX

April 7, 2009

"Thanks. They are the best drums I have ever played. Really."

Paul Caldwell, Artistic Director, Youth Choral Theater of Chicago

March 27, 2009

"I'll be back to DrumSkull - where there are actually people and not just computers!"

Brian, Arizona

March 19, 2009

"You seem to be a very conscientious trader, taking care of every detail and promptly too. Encourages me to do more business with you in the future."

Dave, England

March 11, 2009

"I am very much impressed with the superior quality of the workmanship. Also the wood is great. The skin and roping are powerful and excellently tuned. I am really satisfied and will spend time playing it... Let me stress here that my other bugarabus are no match for the one from you. Yours is much, much better...

Once again I greatly appreciate your excellent service and doing everything to match my expectations. For me, Drumskull will stand for great service, great workmanship and superior quality."

Rafal, Poland

March 10, 2009

"The Rhythm Reference Project downloads are fabulous!!! Thank you for the recommendation!!!"

Chris, Arizona

March 5, 2009

"TO THE MOST HIGH DRUM MAKERS ON THE PLANET...these drums are the bomb! Love ya!"

Brian, Mexico

March 4, 2009

"I again want to thank you for the support regarding my recent talking drum purchase.  In an era where getting satisfactory customer support is unusual, you continue to go above and beyond, making sure your end customer is pleased with their purchase.  By operating in good faith you have guaranteed my business for all my drumming supplies, and I will certainly recommend you highly to anyone I play with or teach.  Thank you again for not only offering top quality drums but, more importantly, responding in exemplary fashion."

John, New Hampshire

March 2, 2009

"The drums arrived over the weekend. They are fantastic. The gele drum is amazing. I have never played a drum so high. The shell is definately something special. Having the shells caved extra this really makes a difference to the sound. Many thanks"

Jonathan, United Kingdom

February 14, 2009

 "The drum arrived and it is way better than I thought it would be. I have a NZ cow skin on it already and it sounds sweet! Love it   :-)"

Jeff, New Zealand

February 9, 2009

"Hey I really appreciate that bro, you guys rock, and I just wanted to say those hare duns are freakin' beautiful!"

Jason, California

February 5, 2009

"I also want to thank you for your first-class service. I feel that you care deeply about the quality and spirit of the instruments you make and this really shows in the end result. Over the years I have bought and played a lot of drums and very few are as good as yours."


January 22, 2009

"I need to thank Matt for the djembe he gave me a while back. I've used it in various situations and it is really a beautiful drum."

Matt Abts, Drummer for Gov't Mule

January 7, 2009

"This drum is AMAZING. Absolutely amazing, but I need ear plugs now I think. This thing sounds like a subwoofer!! (the bass) the slaps and tones are almost too loud! But I need to learn subtlety so this is great."

Shorty, on

December 6, 2008

"Glad to hear from you and that you have been busy. We are really looking forward to receiving our drums. I have to tell you that playing the Drumskull bugarabu gives me so much pleasure. I am really enjoying that drum. In fact, when I was giving a lecture to my students about product quality and customer satisfaction, I described your products and my relationship with you. Many, many thanks!"

Greg, United Arab Emirates

November 25, 2008

"They are MAGNIFICENT!!!!!!!!!!    Thanks for the superb and efficient

packing.  Everything arrived is great shape.  And the voices of the Djembe, AND Djuns are beyond words.  I really appreciate both your patience and service.  Consider me a repeat customer!!!!!!!!!!"


November 17, 2008

"I am really  pleased with your service and transparency... that gives me a lot of confidence for a next purchase. I really appreciate your management."

Sablo, Chile

November 12, 2008

"I picked up my drum yesterday afternoon and it is wonderful!  Thank you for playing all the contenders over the phone ... though you're right ... it's impossible to appreciate their subtleties through the wires.  My drum is beautiful and sounds great!  Thank you for all your help.

P.S. Thanks to Logan for the great packing job.  The box looked banged around a bit, but the drum and book were perfect.  Also, thanks for using Earth-friendly packing ... all will be reused and recycled."


June 28, 2007

"I have received my djembe and I am better than satisfied. It doesn't have the weight that I thought it would, the drum looks beautiful, the rubber guard that was custom fitted is great, the sound ... ohhhhhh ... the sound is just awesome. I love this drum. Thank you! from one happy drummer girl."


June 5, 2007

"I just played new duns last night with my circle group and it was without question the best night of drumming I've had in years -- thanks to you guys and your AMAZING drums. They spoke in a way that was hard to even describe. The melody formed was just incredible. So hats off to all of you for your effort and proving why you're the BEST of the BEST. Thanks too for all the help, guidance and patience in the shop."

Dean, Reno, NV

August 30, 2006

"We recently ordered djembefola hats from you this past summer and you guys came through.The hats look great with our outfits. Everybody loved them... We are forever your loyal customers. Thanks again on behalf of the troupe."

Michael Friend,  Artistic Director, Soul In Motion Players, Inc

August 30, 2006

"I just wanted to say thanks for all the effort that you gave to work with me ... Many people in today's music business won't go the extra mile, give the extra effort and provide such information like you gave to me. I really do appreciate your willingness to answer all the dumb questions like you gave me. It was the same story this time around for the repair was it was back when I bought the drum as it was with my buddies that I referred to you, both of whom expressed how easy it was to work with you guys at Drumskull."

"Thanks for all you do"

Drew, Bourbonnais, IL

April 10, 2004

"I have been looking for a quality product that I believe in to suggest to anyone and everyone that is looking for a traditional drum. I gurantee you that I will totally promote your drums because they really are the best drums I have ever heard. It is a privilege to own one and I'm proud of hell of you guys for creating such a fine product... and damn it makes me sound good!!"

Pamela, British Columbia, Canada

Sept. 2001

"Anyone interested in truly quality djembes and dununs should check out (Drumskull). I can personally attest that they have some of the finest instruments around. If you are interested in QUALITY djembes and dunduns, go check out their site. I do not give out endorsements lightly, but I can wholeheartedly say that these guys have some of the finest djembes around (particularly their Guinea djembes). They personally finish the shells (ensuring that the rims are perfect) and head each drum. They also have both solid wood dunduns from Guinea and stave dunduns that they make with meticulous care. All of their drums are finely crafted with skill, love, and respect. I highly recommend them."

Chief Jolly, California