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Pros: excellent concert style wooden tambourine with a 10” drum head. The tambourine arrived on time, as expected and packaged well. It was wrapped in a plastic bag in a nondescript box, within the Amazon shipping box.
It looks exactly as pictured in the description. The shell is made of plywood with a spruce veneer and has smooth, clear varnish.
The polyester drum head has a calfskin look and is glued on. I didn’t see any issues with the attachment or trim. Time will tell how long the glue holds and how much abuse it can take.
The holding area is fine for my hands. I don’t have a problem gripping and holding the tambourine at 45 degrees. There is a mounting hole that is 16mm wide, centered in the holding area.
The jingles are evenly spaced and make a nice bright sound and move freely. It performs exactly as I expect a tambourine to perform.
Cons: Just a few minor quibbles that don’t affect performance. The trim is a little frayed at the seam. The seam is opposite the holding area, so it’s not likely to get worse. The wood was damaged at the insertion point of the pins for three jingles. Neither of these impact how the instrument sounds or plays, but it could impact durability long term.
Conclusion: It’s a good basic tambourine they gets the job done.
I thought that it would be fun to add a tambourine to my instrument collection but because of my good luck with Aklot stringed instruments, I checked them out online to see what they had to offer. I did some comparison shopping with other makes of tambourines and decided that for their money, I’ll go what Aklot. The instrument is both solidly constructed and lightweight and sounds good. You could send more for one but why for an instrument that is meant to be somewhat of a background instrument. Only negative might be that the jingles seem a bit thin and flimsy but they sound fine especially when playing along with others. So, considering price point and sound, I’m very happy with this tambourine.
Ordered this product for my nieces birthday and I was impressed by the quality. Product arrived fast and was a great price. I highly recommend this for anyone who is looking for a tambourine! No complaints!