Build Your Own Brazilian Tamborim (with or Without Jingles)

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The next item in my series of DIY Brazilian instruments is my tamborim. This version includes jingles (like Meinl's "patented" tampeiro), but you can just as easily cut these out. I like the novelty of the sound, so I kept them on for this build. While my previous repinique build was mostly to save money, this tamborim build was mostly for the fun of doing something on my own. A new Meinl tamborim will cost you $30 retail (http://goo.gl/YXTA4s), while the total cost for this build will come in around $20 or so depending on the cost of the hooks and lugs.

Parts:

1. Cheap-o 6" toy tambourine (I paid about $3 on eBay, but this one is $5 on Amazon: http://goo.gl/vEouac)

2. 6" metal ring (I paid $5 for a real tamborim hoop)

3. 6" drum head (any standard head will do; I got mine used on eBay for super cheap. The cheapest I can find currently on Amazon is this one at about $4: http://goo.gl/vLcxZ4)

4. The tricky part is finding a good method of attaching the head. I reused some parts I took off another double-lugged tamborim. I've been looking into finding short banjo-style hooks and lugs, but have had no luck. If you've got good ideas, please let me know in the comments.

Tools:

1. Flat screw driver and pliers to pull out the staples from the tambourine.

2. Phillips screwdriver for screwing on the lugs.

2. Drill for making holes in the tambourine.

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Step 1: Take Off the Old Head

First peel off the old head from the tambourine. Be careful with the staples as they are pretty sharp. Just use the screwdriver/pliers to pull them out.

Step 2: Drill Holes and Attach Lugs

For this step, I eyeballed a relatively even spacing around the shell for attaching the lugs, leaving a little room at the bottom so the cheap wood wouldn't split. I drilled holes and attached five lugs.

Step 3: You're Done!

For the final step, place the head on the shell, put the ring over this, then attach the hooks to hold it down. A tamborim should have a pretty high pitch and very short decay. This will vary depending on the thickness of the head. This old marching head I used was pretty heavy, so it's not ideal but got the job done.

Notice that the bearing edges on this design are flat. I could have mitered the bearing edge, but it's not really necessary since you're aiming for a short decay anyway.

Thanks for reading, and look forward to more of these Brazilian instrument instructables in the future! Let me know if you have a better idea for attaching the head. I want to make this cheap, fun, and repeatable.

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