Meinl STAH1S-BK "Headed Super-Dry Studio" Tambourine, 1-row, Size: 10", Material: Hand selected goat heads, Stainless Steel Jingles, Wooden frame, Colour: Black, Features: Hand-hammered triangular jingles for an extra sweet sound with short sustain, The new MEINL Headed Super-Dry Tambourines with stainless steel jingles add another fresh sound to the wooden tambourine family. Hand-hammaered, triangular jingles ensure a sweet and buttery sound effect.
This Meinl tambourine has a nice, crisp and loud sound. It has a great quality feel to it and feels good sits really good in my mid-sized hands. It is not too heavy, although I have played some lighter tambourines similar in style. For me, the only draw back of this nice sounding tambourine is that it really is too loud for home recording studio use. It really is a great sound, but I think that many home recorders will agree that a less loud tambourine, probably single-row, is better in this type of situation. However, I am sure this one would be great for live applications!
This is a great tambourine - sensitive in piano passages and a great blast in the forte range. Head quality is good and has lasted a European tour with no problem. All jingles still in place. A super instrument for the money.
This is the best hand tambourine I've ever played, mainly because of how solid it feels to play. It is heavier than cheaper tambourines, which means it might tire you out quicker (update: recently I switched a different technique where you rotate it rather than shake back and forth, and I have been able to last for hours). The weight does make it a lot easier to get a good rhythmic feel. I imagine this is also a result of the "bean" shape. Other reviewers have said that the sound can clash, but I haven't found this. The alternating jingle materials give it a really full sound, which I find to be the best of both worlds from the steel and the brass. Great projection and volume, and a musical sound. The guiro style surface is a good idea. I haven't found an application for it yet but maybe in quieter musical situations where a solid hit is too much. (Drumsticks are too wide to get a good sound, use something thinner, like a triangle beater or the shaft of glockenspiel mallets.) All in all, a musical sounding tambourine which plays brilliantly. It isn't going to fall apart anytime soon- it'd probably outlast several £5 tambourines- and it just begs to be played. Get it now!
You get what you pay for and with this Meinl tambourine you get an amazing sounding, strong, versatile piece of percussion. This tambourine can be mounted on any L-rod, cymbal holder or tom arm. The sound is fantastic and it cuts through nicely without being too intrusive. It has a bright, happy sound although you can sometimes hear the plastic sounding attack of the stick when playing quietly. I'm really only mentioning this to be as open and honest as I can in this review. Overall this is a solid, beautiful sounding piece of percussion that will easily outlast and outshine the cheaper competitors.
Meinl TMT1M-WH Recording Tambourine - ABS plastic body with nickel-silver plated steel and solid brass jingles, padded soft grip for greater playing comfort, ergonomic design, hand held version,...
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