These are the newest addition to our Taiko arsenal and are perfect for any performing ensemble. They really do look the part on stage. As with our other Taiko they have been used at various concerts and sessions including Abbey Road.
There are many different types of bass drum ranging from the kit bass drum to the largest of the orchestral and recording drums. They are all used in differing ways. The bass drum and marching drums primarily add a pulse and depth to the music, whilst the larger drums are used as great affect for moments of drama within the music. Much has been written about the different styles, makes, sizes and specifics of the bass drum, but ultimately the bass drum is a large shell, with a membrane stretched across the diameter and put under tension with varying uses of bolts, wedges and ropes.
Like Chinese drums, construction, size and shape vary, but in general the shells are either zelkova or Japanese Oak and the heads are fastened to the shells but the use of multiple tacks. One of the above, the Uchiwa-daiko is dramatically different and is known as a Japanese fan drum. This looks like a small tennis racket without strings and has an impressive note from the head strung around the hoop.