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13 Best Udu Drums

1592 Reviews Scanned Last Updated: Sep 23, 2020 Author: Lisa Flores

#1 Latin Percussion Lp1400 Hg Drum Hadgini

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Excellent workmanship. Like any piece of pottery, it is fragile. Be prepared to beat the drum with a microphone to get good results. An external microphone is fine, but it does require an internal miniature microphone to take full advantage of this (and most other microphones).

These microphones and related electronic devices (preamplifiers, equalizers, amplifiers, SPKR/ headphones, etc. Can be a considerable investment. A good quality microphone (you need two) can cost the same amount of money. Even five times the cost of UDU. (* see note) this is a very cool drum.

The possibilities are infinite. Once you put on a microphone, the range and subtle nuances can be fascinating. Note: please check out my comments on the wireless microphone system and the Berlinguer mixer in the 2000s. You need to get used to the microphone, but I got good results for less than $150!

  • Description:Latin Percussion LP1400-HG LP Udu Drum Hadgini
  • Brand:Latin Percussion
  • Item Weight:1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:23 x 13.8 x 18.6 inches
  • Size:-inch

Features

  • Rounded low chamber has an alto range; triangular chamber has more bright and transparent sounds; similar to a clay tabla
  • Developed by Frank Giorgini and percussionist Jamey Haddad
  • Each chamber has different textures that allow rubbing sounds to be added to the sound mix
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#2 Meinl Fiberglass Additional Circular Playing

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Like other critics of this wonderful instrument, I have been playing hand percussion for many years (actually decades) and have collected a large number of drums and percussion toys from all over the world. But I have to say, as long as I don't need to spend time practicing certain things for the performance, and I just want to sit down and have fun, this is my preferred instrument.

It is very satisfying to play, louder, clearer, easier on the hand than any of my ceramic UDU/IBO type drums, and can have so many sound changes that continue to surprise me every time I pick it up. In addition, with this drum, I really never worry about disturbing the neighbors upstairs or downstairs!

I think the only thing I can keep is aesthetics. Seriously, guys, don't you think you can squeeze another Meinl sign somewhere over there? Well, it doesn't matter.Just buy one.You'll like it. One of these instruments is correct in many ways.

  • Description:Meinl Percussion Ibo Drum, Large Fiberglass Body with Additional Circular Playing Surface - NOT MADE IN CHINA - Includes Microphone Port and Padded Foam Base, 2-YEAR WARRANTY, black (ID4BKO)
  • Brand:Meinl Percussion
  • Item Weight:3.96 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:11 x 15.2 x 11.4 inches
  • Color Name:Black

Features

  • EXTRA PLAYING SURFACE: Experiment with an additional fiberglass playing surface on the bottom of the instrument.
  • FIBERGLASS BODY: The premium fiberglass construction of the Meinl ibo offers warmer resonance and durability.
  • OFFICIAL TWO-YEAR MEINL WARRANTY: All Meinl ibos carry a two-year manufacturer's warranty when purchased from authorized retailers.
  • FOAM PADDED BASE: Ensure the ibo remains stable while on display or during performance.
  • BUILT IN MICROPHONE HOLE: A microphone hole located on the neck provides convenient and unobtrusive placement of microphones.
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#3 Latin Percussion Lp1400 C4 Udu Drum

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The LP Percussion Udu Hand Drum Clatone #4 is a very good sounding drum as well as a beautiful sculptural object and comes with a woven ring for display - it is best played while sitting on the floor crosslegged in the tradititional manner.

The sound produced with the palms of the hand is very deep and warm- it reminds me of a "heartbeat". Variations in sound can be produced by tapping with the finger tips as well. For recording purposses the instrument would be best by using the small sound hole on the neck for a mic .

However for live intimate performance with a small group it does produce enough volume. The Musem Quality clay is beautifully sculpted into the authentic primal shape and can also qualify to me as an art object-but, must be played for full enjoyment.

I was surprised however in the color of the instrument-it did not resemble the dark smokey black brown clay as pictured in the dramatic photograph pictured but was rather a much lighter shade of khacky tan with bright orange accents.

  • Brand:Latin Percussion
  • Item Weight:6.61 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:16.3 x 16.3 x 22.4 inches
  • Size:-inch

Features

  • The package length of the product is 5.0 inches
  • Warmer, darker sound
  • The package width of the product is 2.0 inches
  • The package height of the product is 1.0 inches
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#4 Latin Percussion Lp1400 Mb Drum Mbwata

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I've owned this for 2 years and I still love playing it. I have experience owning/ playing many other ethnic hand drums and find this to be my first choice as it is easily inviting to creativity and subtle nuances. I picked this model amongst LP's offerings as it appears to have the largest diameter for the deepest bass and the top hole being more modest.

Paint chips extremely easily as shown in the picture. Also, the drum has 2 small holes and included [what seems like] sticky tack to plug the holes. The holes are for tiny lavalier mics - the holes are only about 1cm in diameter.

I have recorded/ mic'd this using a Zoom H4N just pointed at it (about 1 ft away) and it sounded GREAT, really shines with plenty of reverb. Some of the nuances are hard for the ear to differentiate acoustically but are obvious when mic'd.

  • Description:Latin Percussion LP1400-MB Udu Drum Mbwata
  • Brand:Latin Percussion
  • Item Weight:12.9 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:15.75 x 15.75 x 20.47 inches
  • Size:-inch

Features

  • Lower rounded chamber produces mellow, round, dry bass tones; smaller, flat chamber creates bright, sharp, wet tones
  • Rich and extreme textures between chambers
  • Sounds created from the upper chamber are similar to those sounds of the Indian tabla or Middle Eastern dumbek
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#5 Clay Drum Goat Skin Oben

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This Udu is perfect. It's very well made and the sound is incredible. A friend of mine who is a professional drummer saw me play with it and immediately asked me where he could get the very same one. I definitely recommend this product.

  • Description:Udu clay drum with goat skin (Udu Oben)
  • Brand:Terre
  • Item Weight:4 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:18 x 15 x 15 inches
  • Size:Udu Oben

Features

  • Can be strongly modulated by opening and closing the hole.
  • Length:17", Diameter:14", Goat Skin Dia: 8"
  • The udu drum made of clay
  • Different tones can be drawn from the instrument by striking of its thin goat skin
  • Bottle form and covered with goat skin at the upper part.
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#6 Latin Percussion Lp1400 C2 Udu Drum

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This Udu has nice high crisp ceramic slap tones coupled with good resonant deep tones that are easy to vary. It is fairly heavy, but just the right size to fit on your lap. It's weight helps to keep it firmly planted on your lap while paying.

It's good looking, and attractive to have out on it's stand as a cool accent to your decor when not being played. I record it with an external mic, but it has provision for an internal mic via a small matching plug that can be removed for mic cable access.

Very nice instrument that produces just the right amount of volume to match an acoustic guitar.

  • Brand:Latin Percussion
  • Item Weight:6.61 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:13.3 x 13.5 x 18.1 inches
  • Size:-inch

Features

  • Tear drop shape drums are comfortably played and provide wet, liquidy sounds
  • 13"H x 9"W
  • Available in three additional sizes with complementary tones
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#7 Latin Percussion Lp1400 Ut Udu Drum

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I just received this a few days ago and each day I find more possibilities with it. If you collect a lot of different hand drums, this is a great buy for your collection. It can be as versatile as you want it to be.

Another great thing about this is that it can further encourage the percussionist in all of us. It allows one to be forced from their comfort zone to a new terrain that will not only allow one to better draw sound from this and other Udu drums, but how to draw new and beautiful sounds from the world around you.

A concern with it (which the picture doesn't show off) is that the (horn? Coming out of the bottom is awkwardly placed so that the ring it comes with won't fit on it. One could rest it in their lap with the horn sticking out from between your legs.

Along with this looking a little strange, it dampens the drum. I have found the best way to rest the drum is with the horn pointing at 3 o'clock or 9 o'clock in your lap while sitting on a chair. To keep it balanced, I keep (depending on if I have it pointing right or left) raising one knee higher than the other to help keep it balanced.

  • Brand:Latin Percussion
  • Item Weight:13.1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:19.6 x 12.5 x 25.4 inches
  • Size:-inch

Features

  • Bell chamber creates bright, wet sounds
  • Lowest pitch of all the Udus
  • Shell can create cowbell type sounds
  • Ideal for conga and bongo players
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#8 Meinl Percussion Fiberglass Additional Circular

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This instrument creates good, clear udu sounds and beautiful bass tones. A wide variety of sounds can be created relative to how and where it is played. The additional head creates more sounds and the bottom of the udu is thinner for great slaps.

Another cool thing is, you can add water to it for additional effects on the sound. It's the perfect size and wieght. Durable too, not so breakable as a clay model. Note, udus are quiet instruments as percussion goes, so don't expect to bring it to drum circles and be heard very well.

I use it for sassy tribal trip hop in a studio, as one part of the full percussion line. Recorded with a Shure PG57 and adding a little reverb (after recording) in the DAW, it's quite cool for this musical use.

There's some awesome players on the internet shown playing this exact model. Depending on your skill level, don't expect to buy this and be as good as they are or bust out an awesome udu solo. There is a small mic hole for placing a lavalier / lapel type mic inside.

  • Description:Meinl Percussion Ibo Drum, Large Fiberglass Body with Additional Circular Playing Surface - NOT MADE IN CHINA -Includes Microphone Port and Padded Foam Base, 2-YEAR WARRANTY, gold (ID3GO)
  • Brand:Meinl Percussion
  • Item Weight:6.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:11 x 15.2 x 11.4 inches
  • Color Name:Gold

Features

  • RAWHIDE PLAYING SURFACE: Experiment with the special Rawhide playing surface to find new inspiring sounds
  • FIBERGLASS BODY: The premium fiberglass construction of the Mein Ibo offers warmer resonance and durability
  • OFFICIAL TWO-YEAR WARRANTY: All Mein Ibos carry a two-year Manufacturer's warranty when purchased from authorized retailers
  • FOAM PADDED BASE: Ensure the Ibo remains stable while on display or during performance
  • BUILT IN MICROPHONE HOLE: A microphone hole located on the neck provides convenient and unobtrusive placement of microphones
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#9 Schlagwerk U80 Neck Udu

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Great pair of Udu drums, fantastic sound and feel. They look gorgeous as well. The rings for the drums to sit on are a little cheap feeling, just basic foam rings, but honestly they do the job. Can't fault the rest of the work!

The only downside is they took a long time to arrive, however this was due to the delivery company not the seller. I was able to get in touch with them with no issue and they replied very quickly and got it sorted for me.

  • Brand:Schlagwerk
  • Item Weight:2.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:10 x 17 x 10 inches
  • Size:-inch

Features

  • Includes Floor Base
  • This Udu is designed in the fashion of the African original. The long, ribbed neck can also be played and yields a high percussive sound - an appealing interval to the bass root tone.
  • Package Weight: 2.653 kilograms
  • Made in Germany
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#10 Latin Percussion Lp1400 C3 Udu Drum

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My biggest problem with this drum was that Amazon decided to send me a cajon first. After a replacement was shipped, I can say I'm thoroughly impressed. Sure, I wish it was a little louder, but that's asking too much of a clay jug.

And yes, if you buy the LP Udu Drum Udongo Ii, it has a larger air cavity, which will make it louder. But what I got was juicy, rich, and hypnotic. Hand slaps have a nice ring, and the designs around the main sound hole make it a very comfortable drum.

10 outta 10, would buy again.(psst... Totally the same drum as this video [...]

  • Brand:Latin Percussion
  • Item Weight:6.61 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:15.5 x 15.75 x 19.5 inches
  • Size:-inch

Features

  • Tear drop shape drums are comfortably played and provide wet, liquidy sounds
  • 15"H x 10"W
  • Available in three additional sizes with complementary tones
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#11 Latin Percussion Lp1400 C1 Drum Claytone

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Wenn man auf so sounds steht wie der einer indischen Tabla, dann kommt man um einen Udu nicht herum. Es gibt leider nicht eine so groe Auswahl an Gerten oder Herstellern, so beschrnkt man sich auf das, was da ist.

Namentlich hier nicht erwhnt ein recht guter Hersteller, von dem ich schon zwei hab. Dann eben der hier mit etwas hellerem Tac... Nicht schrill, aber hell genug zum Kontrast gegen den dunklen Dum, der eben einer Ba-Tabla gleicht, die man mit wischendem Handballen spielt...Baung...

Gut gearbeitet, mit einem kleinen Loch fr ein Mic-Kabel zum Inside-Abnehmen... Mit Knetmasse dicht bei Nicht-Gebrauch. Die Knete hlt dann auch das Kabel fest, damit es nicht rein- oder rausrutscht beim Spielen und Bewegen. Der Udu ist ein Instrument, das Bewegung fordert : ) Ich mag den Udu...

  • Description:Latin Percussion LP1400-C1 LP Udu Drum Claytone #1
  • Brand:Latin Percussion
  • Item Weight:4.19 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:12.4 x 12.5 x 16.2 inches
  • Size:-inch

Features

  • Tear drop shape drums are comfortably played and provide wet, liquidy sounds
  • 12"H x 8"W
  • Available in three additional sizes with complementary tones
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#12 Lp Udu Drum Udongo Ii

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Although odd-looking, this drum (forgive the pun! Hits all the right notes - and then some. Like all Udu or ibo drums, this instrument would require a mike for more than background volume. Thus, you can sit in your living room,studio or whatever and play to your heart's content without having to endure angry glares from those sharing your room.

This Udu has many voices and the search for those voices is first among the joys that this breed of hand drum brings. I can promise this:,your patient search for the full range of voices will bring you great pleasure.

  • Brand:Latin Percussion
  • Item Weight:15.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:17.4 x 25.3 x 15.1 inches

Features

  • Sounds created from the upper chamber are similar to those sounds of the Indian tabla or Middle Eastern doumbek
  • Its lower rounded chamber produces mellow, round, dry bass tones, while the smaller, flat chamber creates bright, sharp, wet tones
  • The lower rounded chamber produces mellow, round, dry bass tones, while the smaller, flat chamber creates bright, sharp, wet tones
  • The LP Udu Drum produces rich and extreme textures between its two chambers
  • Sounds created from the upper chamber are similar to the sounds of the Indian tabla or Middle Eastern doumbek
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#13 Meinl Drum Long Neck Fiberglass

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The Fiberglass Ibo Drum with long neck has a wide variety of different sounds and is nearly unbreakable.

  • Description:Meinl Percussion Ibo Drum, Long Neck Fiberglass Body - NOT MADE IN CHINA - Includes Microphone Port and Padded Foam Base, 2-YEAR WARRANTY (ID2BKR)
  • Brand:Meinl Percussion
  • Item Weight:1.6 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:23 x 28 x 37 inches

Features

  • LONG NECK: The additional length to the neck allows the ibo's low end resonance to sustain longer and project further.
  • FIBERGLASS BODY: The premium fiberglass construction of the Meinl ibo offers superior resonance and durability.
  • OFFICIAL TWO-YEAR MEINL WARRANTY: All Meinl ibos carry a two-year manufacturer's warranty when purchased from authorized retailers.
  • FOAM PADDED BASE: Ensure the ibo remains stable while on display or during performance.
  • BUILT IN MICROPHONE HOLE: A microphone hole located on the neck provides convenient and unobtrusive placement of microphones.
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