Middle eastern culture centers around four cultural groups – Arab, Persian, Turkish and North African Maghribi. The music is based on special scales called "modes" and is organized into beat groupings with patterns of stressed and unstressed beats that are extremely complex. Music can be played with 17 notes, 19 notes or 24 notes in an octave allowing human voice and stringed instruments to hit notes, called quarter tones, that are half way between notes on a western piano’s octave. Instruments favored in the Middle East include lutes, hammered dulcimer, spike fiddle, vertical flute and double reed instruments.

From the beginning, music has been an important part of the Egyptian culture. It was used prominently in ceremonies and festivals as well as daily life. Tomb temple paintings show a variety of musical instruments in both sacred and secular environments, and many of the dead were buried with instruments. Instruments known to have existed in ancient Egypt are roughly the same ones as have been created by nearly all civilizations. Lyres, harps, flutes, pipes, horns and of course, drums, cymbals, and other percussion. It is believed that the tambourine originated in Egypt.

 


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Riq, 12"
Riq, 12"
Riq, 12" The riq is used as a traditional instrument in Arabic music. It is important in both folk and classical music and riq players are capable of great subtley and virtuosity. The frame on this Riq is covered inside and out with inlay and it has 10 pairs of small cymbals which are about 5 cm in diameter in 2 rows around the frame. The goat skin is glued on and tightened over the frame and is about 30cm wide. Made in India.
 
Base SKU:RQP12
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Tar 16 Inch Egyptian, Goatskin Head, Tunable
Tar, 16" Egyptian, Goatskin
Tar, 16 inch, Egyptian, Goatskin. Inside tunable rosewood frame Tar drum with goatskin head. Comes with a nylon zippered carrying case and a tuning tool. Made in Egypt. Frame size is approximately 16 inch diameter. This drum is typically played with the fingers in the style of a deff drum. If you prefer the use of a beater, they are sold separately.
 
Base SKU:TARE
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12 inch Deff Frame Drum
12 inch Deff Frame Drum
Deff frame drum, 12 inch, includes decorated frame (designs may vary) with goatskin. Made in India.
 
Base SKU:DFD2
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14 Inch Bendir with Snare
14 Inch Bendir with Snare
14 Inch Bendir with Snare. Rosewood construction with tunable goatskin. Sticks are not included. Made in Pakistan.
 
Base SKU:BDR4
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14 inch Deff Frame Drum
14 inch Deff Frame Drum
Deff frame drum, 14 inch, includes decorated frame (designs may vary) with goatskin. Made in India.
 
Base SKU:DFD4
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14 inch Tar Drum
14 inch Tar Drum
14 inch Tar drum with rosewood frame with inside tunable goatskin. Made in Pakistan.
 
Base SKU:TAR4
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16 inch Deff Frame Drum
16 inch Deff Frame Drum
Deff frame drum, 16 inch, includes decorated frame (designs may vary) with goatskin. Made in India.
 
Base SKU:DFD6
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18 inch Deff Frame Drum
18 inch Deff Frame Drum
Deff frame drum, 18 inch, includes decorated frame (designs may vary) with goatskin. Made in India.
 
Base SKU:DFD8
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Regular Price: $67.90
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18 inch Tar Drum
18 inch Tar Drum
18 inch Tar drum with rosewood frame with inside tunable goatskin. Made in Pakistan.
 
Base SKU:TAR8
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20 inch Deff Frame Drum
20 inch Deff Frame Drum
Deff frame drum, 20", includes decorated frame (designs may vary) with goatskin. Made in India.
 
Base SKU:DFD0
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Aluminum Darbukas Plain, 5 7/8 Inch x 11 Inch
Aluminum Darbukas Plain, 5 7/8 Inch x 11 Inch
These Turkish style MEINL Darbukas feature fat lows and ringing highs with a wide range between.Size MEI_HE-101 = 5 7/8” x 11”. Material Aluminum. Features Synthetic heads. Includes Tuning key. MEINL Darbukas are made in the tradition of the original, esoteric goblet-shaped drums found in music from Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Southern Asia. MEINL darbukas are constructed from thin shells in various metals, each metal giving the different models their special timbre. The head is secured and tuned with external rings set close to the shell, in the Turkish style. Light yet powerful, the darbukas have a deep full bass. They are well suited for high-pitched snapping sounds as well as a wide range of articulated doum and tak strokes.
 
Base SKU:MEI_HE-101
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Bendir 12 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 12 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 12 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl. The new MEINL Bendirs feature four thin strings stretched across the inside of the True Feel synthetic head, which create the classic Bendir buzzing sound. The Bendirs are fully tunable and light in weight for long and comfortable playing. Features: Buzzing Effect; Internal lug tuning system; Thumb hole for a good balance and comfortable playing. Includes: Allen Wrench. Size: 12 inches x 4 inches. Material: True Feel Synthetic Head; Rubber Wood (Hevea brasiliensis Muell.-Arg.). Color: African Brown. Finish: Matte.
 
Base SKU:MEI_FD12BE-TF
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Bendir 14 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 14 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 14 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl. The new MEINL Bendirs feature four thin strings stretched across the inside of the True Feel synthetic head, which create the classic Bendir buzzing sound. The Bendirs are fully tunable and light in weight for long and comfortable playing. Features: Buzzing Effect; Internal lug tuning system; Thumb hole for a good balance and comfortable playing. Includes: Allen Wrench. Size: 14 inches x 4 inches. Material: True Feel Synthetic Head; Rubber Wood (Hevea brasiliensis Muell.-Arg.). Color: African Brown. Finish: Matte.
 
Base SKU:MEI_FD14BE-TF
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Bendir 16 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 16 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 16 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl. The new MEINL Bendirs feature four thin strings stretched across the inside of the True Feel synthetic head, which create the classic Bendir buzzing sound. The Bendirs are fully tunable and light in weight for long and comfortable playing. Features: Buzzing Effect; Internal lug tuning system; Thumb hole for a good balance and comfortable playing. Includes: Allen Wrench. Size: 16 inches x 4 inches. Material: True Feel Synthetic Head; Rubber Wood (Hevea brasiliensis Muell.-Arg.). Color: African Brown. Finish: Matte.
 
Base SKU:MEI_FD16BE-TF
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Double Mijwiz
Double Mijwiz
The Double Mijwiz is an Egyptian reeded instrument. Made in Egypt.
 
Base SKU:MIJD
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Double Mijwiz Reeds, 4 Piece
Double Mijwiz Reeds, 4 Piece
Double Mijwiz Reeds, 4-piece. Two sets of cane reeds for the Egyptian Double Mijwiz. There is a larger set, approx 7/16 inch diameter and a smaller set 5/16 inch diameter. You may need to hemp or trim them for a tight fit. Made in Egypt.
 
Base SKU:MIJD-R
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Egyptian Children Oud
Egyptian Children Oud
Tunable 4-string toy oud, perfect for children or as a decor item. The back of the body and the neck are fully inlayed with geometric designs. It has an over all length of 18 inches. The Body is 10.5 inches long by 9.5 inches wide and 5.5 inches deep. The three carved and inlayed sound holes on the sound board help to resonate the tones produced by the two courses of nylon strings. Makes a unique gift. Made in Egypt. Accessories Included: Nylon Gig Bag

Please note: Finish on item is usually rough, uneven and there may be blisters in it. The irregularity does not affect the playability or sound quality of the instrument.

SPECIAL NOTE ON STRINGS: There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to your home. During this time the elements affect the strings and may shorten their lifespan. It occasionally happens that a string will fail during that final leg of the journey. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings soon after it arrives. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are a rock star you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.

 
Base SKU:OUDK
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Frame Drum Holder by Meinl
Frame Drum Holder by Meinl
Frame Drum Holder by Meinl. Sometimes a favorite frame drum just needs to be mounted on a percussion rack. That’s why Meinl designed a compact, light weight frame drum holder that is completely adjustable to fit any frame drum. Four rounded vertical “fingers” slide along individual tracks, and are secured by a knurled knob. This sets the spacing. The frame drum is secured when two spring-loaded screws are tightened so that the vertical fingers grip the frame from inside and out. Set-up and break-down go fast. Steel mounting clamp fits any standard rod. Features: Fully adjustable. Material: Anodized aluminum, Chrome plated steel.
 
Base SKU:MEI_MC-FDH
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Kanoune Standard
Kanoune Standard
The Standard Arabic Kanoon (Kanoone, Kanoun or Qanun) is 41 1/2 inches x 16 inches. It was made in Egypt and has 4 keys and 75 nylon strings. This predecessor of the piano, the Kanoon is mentioned in 10th century Arabic writings. Today it's popular throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Persia and even Eastern Europe. To play, rest the Kanoon on the knees and pluck with metal finger picks. The metal sharpening levers alter the pitch of individual strings by eighth or quarter tones. Comes with a hard case. Special shipping is required.
 
Base SKU:KNNE
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Meinl Professional Bendir Bag 12 inch
Meinl Professional Bendir Bag 12 Inch
Meinl Professional Bendir Bag 12 Inch. The Meinl Professional Traditional Bendir Bags are ideal for transporting your drum safely to your gig and back again. Made from heavy-duty padded nylon with reinforced stitching, they fully protect the instrument. Handy grips and shoulder strap make it easy to carry. Features: Carrying grip; Double-slide zipper; Shoulder strap. Size: 12 inches x 4 inches. Material: Heavy duty padded nylon.
 
Base SKU:MEI_MFDB-12BE
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