Buying Guide

Before you purchase a Dhol you need to first establish how far you want to take it whether you’ve just started learning or playing professionally at functions. Normally people who are learning Dhol and are at the early stage would use a less expensive standard Dhol for educational purposes. Eventually you would need to upgrade to a more professional Dhol which will look and sound better and something of a higher level of quality. You need to budget yourself first before making a purchase as Dhol’s can be very expensive depending on what type of wood its made from and the quality of accessories used to make it. Key things to look out for are, the type of wood, quality of parts, type of rope and the quality of skins used and the size best for you. Bellow is some information for you to understand in detail about the key parts to a Dhol which will help you decide which is best for you.

Types of Wood

The type of wood a Dhol is made from is one of the most important aspects when it comes to buying one. Traditionally Dhols are made from seasoned Indian rose wood which is known for its beautiful natural grains, strength and colour. The word Tahli also known as Sheesham is a type of Indian rose wood which most of our Dhols are made from. Over the years Dhols have now been made from less expensive to expensive types of wood. Bellow is a brief description of 3 types of woods that we make our Dhols from.

Mango Wood also known as Amb – The wood of this tree is considered good but is a lot less denser and considered inferior in sound compared to the ones bellow. Mango wood is very popular and is available all year round. Dhols made from this wood are very light but at the same time are weak and may degrade over time. Most Dhol makers would either stain these or paint them to keep it solid and protected.

Kacchi Pakki Tahli / Raw/Ripe Sheesham – The wood for this Dhol is called Kacchi Pakki, because it is not yet fully aged. You will notice a dark (reddish) and light (yellowish) gradient on the dhol. Dhols made from this wood sound really powerful as the wood is more dense compared to the mango wood. A fully made Dhol can be slightly heavier than the mango wood Dhol. The two tone style it offers is very popular to those who want a Dhol purely for its looks.

Pakki Tahli (Kalli Thlli) / Ripe Sheesham – The wood for this Dhol comes from the same tree as the Kacchi Pakki Talli but it is aged and is very dense. The sound from this Dhol is superb and very bold. The Dhol is also very durable. This type of wood is not easily available and you wouldn’t get a better sounding Dhol than this. Most Kaali Tahli Dhols are dark in colour and have dark grains running through. The weight of this drum depends on the thickness of the drum and how well its been dried. This is also usually the most expensive Dhol, but its worth the investment if you’re serious about picking up the Dhol.

Parts used to make the Dhol

When you look at most Dhols around they all look similar and you may not look out for the quality of parts used which plays a big part in the overall quality of the Dhol. Bellow are some of the parts used by The DHOL Company and their description;

Hooks/Nuts – These are used to clamp down the treble skin and come with the nut. They come in different styles, sizes and quality of finish. All our hooks on our Dhols are exclusive. They are toughened in high heat temperatures to make them robust to prevent bending and both the hook and nut are coated in nickle to prevent rusting.

Dhol Socket – These are used to house the hooks. The socket is assembled onto the shell and the hook is fed through in a vertical position. These sockets are standard size. They are toughened in high heat temperatures to make them robust to prevent bending and are coated in nickle to prevent rusting.

 

Tension Rings – These are used to contract the rope together to tension the base. They are standard size but may vary in thickness. Our rings are toughened in high heat temperatures to make them robust to prevent bending and are coated in nickle to prevent rusting.

 

 

Penny Washers – These are placed before the socket is installed to prevent any denting or damage to the shell. Penny washers do come in different sizes and are made from stainless steel.

Rear/Internal Washer – These are attached on the inside of the drum for the Dhol socket to pass through. They give extra strength and hold and protection to the wood from being dented or damaged inside. They are specially designed for this use. Some Dhol makers use a nut  instead. This is not good as this chews into the wood and can cause damage.

 


Rope – 
The rope is used to tension the base skin. The type of rope is something you need to consider as over time rope can get worn out and it is the only component holding the base skin intact. At The DHOL Company we recommend and use Marine rope on all our Dhol’s as its better for the long run however we do offer standard cotton rope which was traditionally used. Marine rope is very durable and long lasting and offers a range of colours with designs or plain and different qualities. Marine rope can be slightly more expensive than cotton rope but the price depends on the quality of the rope you choose and the length needed.

Base Skin – The base skin is made from goat skin. They come in different sizes depending on the size of the Drums base side. Some base skins are thicker than others but this is down to your preference. Thick skins will produce a much deeper base sound and is slightly more durable. Baring in mind that the sound of the base does not solely depend on the quality of the base skin. At The DHOL Company we apply the skin which our clients request and we will advise you on which will be the best for your type of Dhol. We apply the best fitted skin for your shell.

Treble – The treble skin is made from plastic. They come in different sizes depending on the size of the Drums treble side. There are many different brands which manufacture these skins and one of the most popular being REMO. At The DHOL Company we use REMO skins on all our Dhols however we do offer our own brand skin. REMO skins come in different colour’. The colour’s represent the different type of sound the skins produces. We will advise you which will be the best one for your type of drum.

Strap – All Dhol’s come with a strap attached. This is for you to carry the Dhol. They come in different colours, material and thickness. At The DHOL Company we use the thickest strap for comfort when carrying and offer either Black or White.

Other information

All our metal parts and strap are supplied to us by Jas Musicals. Jas Musicals do not offer warranty on these parts. The DHOL Company offers a workmanship warranty on the Dhol.


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