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Boobamslocked

  • James Blades

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A series of small tunable drums introduced in the 1950s in the USA; they are classified as membranophones: struck drums. Boobams have a distinctive ‘dark’ tone quality. In the original form of the drum, a membrane drumhead about 11 cm in diameter was secured to the top of a long open stem of bamboo (hence boobam) which acted as a resonator. Later the heads and resonators were made of plastic and a three-octave chromatic range was available (...

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