Meinl CSTA2S-BK Compact Tambourine, 2-row with 12 stainless steel jingles, Size: 8", Material: Wooden frame, Hand-hammered Super-dry stainless steel jingles, Colour: Black, Features: Compact size, Many jingle variations, Good sounds comes in small packages! MEINL Percussion introduces a complete line of Compact Tambourines. Light, fast, and full of sound, they are available with five different types of jingles.
For the size this tambourine delivers a powerful sound. It's very comfortable in the hand, weighted well and the sound is controllable. It produces a full range sound for such a small instrument, a downside perhaps is that it's hard to produce softer and quiet beats or shakes without a lot of practice. I chose this model over others based on reviews, price as I was looking for my first introduction into percussion instruments and wanted a general purpose tambourine. Very happy and I'm sure it will last many years.
Great sounding compact tambourine. I use on top of my hihat and love how bright it is when played with the cymbal foot chick. This will cut through almost anything, and being small won't take up too much space in your gig bag. The only negative is that the pins which hold the jingles are only held in by what appears to be silicone. On one song my rather enthusiastic singer managed to work 2 on them loose while playing it with her hands in the traditional manner. A couple of strips of tape fixed this but given that it wasn't being abused this may need looking at by the manufacturer. That aside I've been using it for well over a year & its held up well. Great little tambourine!
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