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Yes I know many other people have said this is heavy, but it really is! I ended up sending mine back for a number of reasons. Mainly was the sound quality. It's near identical to a cheap one I have that cost about £9, so the cost was impossible to justify. There's no doubt the build quality is excellent like a number of other Meinl products I have. It certainly feels like you could give it a lot of abuse and it'll last forever, but the weight made it hard to control and get any consistent volume other than loud. If the hand grip was moved inwards like some other half-moon shaped types then it may be easier to control. I was tempted to get the tools out and try adapting it, but there was little point as I already have one like that with similar sound that was also a lot cheaper. Having read some additional reviews I'm going to try the Meinl Compact Super Dry instead. When I get that I'll post a review of my thoughts.
Not impressed. I have used several of these along with other Meinl tambourines over the past two years and the build quality is poor. They fall apart after standard use, and the foam handle comes loose and needs replacing with tape after a few weeks.
I purchased this tambourine, as well as another brand of tambourine, for my praise band to use at church. I really like this one, because: 1. It is VERY STURDY. Our other tambourine fell apart after about a month. And it cost the same amount as this one. I would think it would be nearly impossible to lose the jingles in this one.
2. The jingles are made of 2 different metals, so you get both the "regular" tambourine jingle sounds and a more bell-like jingle sound that rings/sustains for several seconds. This is a very unique sound that CAN make the tambourine sound more like it belongs in a world/international fusion band. However, I am fascinated by the sound, and I use it in our band each week.
3. It does not give my hand a cramp. It has a nice padded handle as well.
4. Excellent price for an excellent product.
The only reason it is getting 4 stars instead of 5 is because I do think the "ring" of the brass jingles may put some people off because it sounds SO different than many tambourines, to their untrained ears. I am afraid that may limit the purchase/playing of this tambourine specifically.