VibeDrum Tongue Drums
Introducing the VibeDrum, a melodious percussion instrument that we have found here at Beautiful Sounds to be one of the best in its class of professional tongue drums in terms of sound quality, portability, note layout, and durability!
The stainless steel VibeDrums are crafted in the U.S. with love in Mesa, Arizona. They have been specially designed with a more compact body (height-wise) so that it can more easily by positioned on the body of another or oneself for vibrational healing experiences while playing.
All VibeDrums ship with a great sling bag and fuzzy fleece liner as well as double sided mallets!
> *Tuning and Sound Quality: All of our VibeDrums are hand tuned to concert / Symphonic tuning standards and each one is sound tested before it is shipped.
> *13 Gauge Stainless Steel: On the playing head which improves sound purity, sustain, resonance, tuning longevity and overall durability over the thinner 14 gauge used to make other drums of this type.
> *Stainless Steel: So you don’t have to worry about rust forming on the outside or more importantly the inside of the drum. You also don’t have to worry about traces of lead in the steel which may be present on regular steel drums.
> *Powder Coat Finishes: The drum is double “Powder Coated” with a colors that change with the light. This 2 coat system makes the drum much more durable & scratch resistant than standard powder coats. You also don’t have to worry about lead contamination in the paint.
> *Resonance: The Parabolic resonance Chamber combined with our high quality 13 gauge steel creates a drum where the notes resonate for 6+ seconds without sacrificing portability.
> *Harmonics: The playing tabs are perfectly spaced for optimum playability and harmonics between the other notes
> Versatile: Can be used for playing, meditation as well as vibrational massage and Sound Therapy
> Lightweight, for ease in transportation, without loss of sound; only 5.6 Lbs
> Slim Design so it will fit into your knapsack or rucksack - 4 1/2 inches total height by 11 1/2 inch diameter (11 cm x 28.5cm)
> 9 tuned notes in a variety of scales with the most logical and friendly note layout
> Octagonal notes to maximise the "sweet spot"
> No Large center hole on the bottom side so it forms a perfect parabolic dish
Available in these Pentatonic Scales (from higher to lower):
F Minor, F Major, E Minor, E Major, D Minor, C Major in D, D Major
440 Hz or 432 Hz
VibeDrum - Extreme Detail (for those who like that!)
We are also concerned about the Environment so we try to make our drums with as little impact as possible.
We DO NOT SPRAY PAINT our drums because of the VOC’s (volitile organic compounds).
We also DO NOT ETCH our drums because this requires the use of Hydrochloric or Nitric acid and produces Hazardous Waste.
In addition since the drums are made in the US all of our suppliers must conform to EPA Regulations.
All materials to make the drum are domestically produced and sourced.
Our drums also meet the new California child safety regulations regarding lead content.
As I have learned there is Steel and there is Steel even in stainless steel there is a lot of low quality low grade stainless out there, This is why I have chosen to use AISI Certified Medical Grade Stainless Steel for my Stainless Vibedrums. In addition instead of using the less expensive thin 14 gauge steel I use the thicker 13 gauge which increases resonance and increases the durability.
We have switched from an Automotive Spray Paint to a Powder-Coat Paint mostly because powder-coat does not contain any VOC's (volatile organic compounds) in it. However it took us a long time because most of powders used seem hard but in reality they scratch pretty easily.
SCRATCH RESISTANCE is measured using the "Pencil Test" methodology; That is; can you scratch the paint with a sharp number 1, 2, etc pencil. Most of the powders out there are in the 1H to 2H range which means they scratch fairly easily. We discovered a very unique, high quality powder that is applied in 2 steps with two separate powders that react with each other when combined and produces a 3H to 4H rating. This does not mean that you cannot scratch them but it does make them more scratch resistant than most other powders.
Shape: We chose a octagonal shape (patent pending) for our notes, even though it is much more costly to cut, for three basic reasons. The first is because in our opinion they just look better than the big rectangles or 2 joined curved lines. The second is it focuses your attention on the "Sweet Spot" of the note which is dead center. And Third because the octagonal shape allows us to cut 9 notes into the drum while still allowing a large space between the notes which helps to reduce harmonic distortion and interference with the other notes.
Spacing: The spacing of the notes is important. If you have a lot of notes jammed in very close to each other when you strike one note it will partially activate the notes next to it, which causes a certain amount of harmonic distortion and interference. Our unique octagonal shape allows us to fit in 9 notes while still allowing plenty of space between them.
Layout (patent pending): Although we do some Special “Made To Order" scales we set up the layout of our VibeDrum to accommodate the Pentatonic Scale. Our notes are laid out so that the same two notes are next to each other in two different octaves. For example if one of the large "tongues" is an E in the third octave then the small "tongue" adjacent to it is an E in the fourth octave. Thus our VibeDrums have the cleanest, easiest and most logical note layouts.
Bottom Shell: Another reason for the smooth bottom is that it allows the drum to be effectively used for therapeutic treatments and massage as the shape serves as a focal point for the vibrations that pass into the body. Thus when you put the VibeDrum on your lap and play it not only will you Hear it but you will also Feel it<