The doumbek, or goblet drum, is a goblet shaped, hollow body percussion instrument with a single head stretched over the top. It is approximately 43 cm in height and is played by striking the head with different parts of bare hands and fingers.
Doumbeks are generally used in classic Middle Eastern music, Darbuka music and other world music genres.
When you borrow a doumbek from RPL, you will receive it in a case to protect it.
An instrument in good condition makes better music. Please see our Care and Respect video below, to learn how to take care of the doumbek while you have it.
Never played before? No problem! You can also access free step-by-step video lessons for a variety of instruments through our digital services:
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Instrument photos courtesy of Vancouver Public Library