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Tablas

Tablas (Tabla Sets) are a two-piece percussion instrument that originated in India. Also check out our our Tablas, Separate Drums, Tabla Accessories, and Tabla Instruction Books and DVDs.

Banjira Standard Tabla Set Aluminum Bayan and 5.25-Inch Dayan ( TBSS-525 ) Banjira Standard Tabla Set Aluminum Bayan and 5.25-Inch Dayan
Standard wooden dayan is paired with an aluminum bayan. Both are strap tuned. Includes cushions, covers, tuning hammer and economy soft case. Cushion colors and patterns may vary. Made in India.
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$197.00
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Banjira Banjira Pro Tabla Set Copper Bayan and 5.25-Inch Dayan ( TBSC-525 ) Banjira Pro Tabla Set Copper Bayan and 5.25-Inch Dayan
Sheesham (or similar hardwood) tabla is paired with a copper bayan. Both are strap tuned. Includes cushions, covers, tuning hammer, and soft case. Cushion colors and patterns may vary. Made in India.
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$279.00
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Banjira Pro Tabla Set Copper Bayan and 5.50-Inch Dayan ( TBSC-550 ) Banjira Pro Tabla Set Copper Bayan and 5.50-Inch Dayan
Sheesham (or similar hardwood) tabla is paired with a copper bayan. Both are strap tuned. Includes cushions, covers, tuning hammer, and soft case. Cushion colors and patterns may vary. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$359.00
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Banjira Jori Tabla Set, Brass Nickel Plated Dhamas and 5.75” tabla, D# ( TBSJ-575 ) Banjira Jori Tabla Set, Brass Nickel Plated Dhamas and 5.75” tabla, D#
Jori Tabla Set, Brass Nickel Plated Dhamas and 5.75” tabla. Pre-dating the common style of tabla, is the older, Jori, style. The Bayan height and head diameter are an average measurement and can vary. Made in India.
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$429.00
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Banjira Pro Tabla Set Stainless Steel Bayan and 5.25-Inch Dayan ( TBST-525 ) Tabla Set, Embossed Brass
This tabla set has a 5.25 inch solid wood dayan paired with a stainless steel bayan. Both drums have traditional strap tuned heads. The stainless steel bayan has an attractive finish that is not prone to tarnish. Includes: the standard soft case, cushions, covers, and tuning hammer. The Bayan height and head diameter are an average measurement and can vary. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$249.00
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Banjira Pro Tabla Set Stainless Steel Bayan and 5.50-Inch Dayan ( TBST-550 ) Banjira Pro Tabla Set Stainless Steel Bayan and 5.50-Inch Dayan
This tabla set has a 5.50 inch solid wood dayan paired with a stainless steel bayan. Both drums have traditional strap tuned heads. The stainless steel bayan has an attractive finish that is not prone to tarnish. Includes: the standard soft case, cushions, covers, and tuning hammer. Dayans may be sheesham or a similar hardwood. The turnings carved into the dayan are done by hand and will be unique. Cushion colors and patterns may vary. The Bayan height and head diameter are an average measurement and can vary Made in India.
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$249.00
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Banjira Pro Tabla Set Nickel Plated Brass Bayan and 5.75-Inch Dayan ( TBSP-575 ) Pro Tabla Set Nickel Plated Brass Bayan and 5.75-Inch Dayan
Sheesham (or similar hardwood) tabla is paired with a nickeled brass bayan. This Indian percussion instrument is used in the classical, popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent and in Hindustani classical music. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. Both are strap tuned. Includes the standard soft case, cushions, covers, and tuning hammer. Cushion colors and patterns may vary. The Bayan height and head diameter are an average measurement and can vary. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$269.00
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Banjira Pro Tabla Set Nickel Plated Brass Bayan and 5.50-Inch Dayan ( TBSP-550) Pro Tabla Set Nickel Plated Brass Bayan and 5.75-Inch Dayan, Shyamal
This Indian percussion instrument is used in the classical, popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent and in Hindustani classical music. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. Both are strap tuned. Includes the standard soft case, cushions, covers, and tuning hammer. Cushion colors and patterns may vary. The Bayan height and head diameter are an average measurement and can vary. Made in India.
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$269.00
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Sajid Pro Tabla Set Heavy Nickel Plated Brass Bayan and 5.50-Inch Dayan ( TBSPH-S ) Sajid Pro Tabla Set Heavy Nickel Plated Brass Bayan and 5.50-Inch Dayan
Sheesham (or similar hardwood) tabla is paired with a heavy professional nickeled brass bayan. Both are strap tuned. Set includes cushions, covers, tuning hammer and nylon case. Sajid is renowned for top quality tabla. He hand selects the skins for each head. Each head is manufactured to exact specifications. Then the mounting begins. Sajid will mount and re-mount the head a dozen times to make sure of the proper fit and sound. Cushion colors and patterns may vary. The Bayan height and head diameter are an average measurement and can vary. Made in India.
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$629.00
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Banjira Pro Tabla Set Nickel Plated Brass Bayan and 5.75-Inch Dayan, Heavy ( TBSP-525 ) Banjira Pro Tabla Set Nickel Plated Brass Bayan and 5.25-Inch Dayan
Sheesham (or similar hardwood) tabla is paired with a nickeled brass bayan. This Indian percussion instrument is used in the classical, popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent and in Hindustani classical music. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. Both are strap tuned. Includes the standard soft case, cushions, covers, and tuning hammer. Cushion colors and patterns may vary. Made in India.
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$269.00
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Tablas are the principal rhythmic accompaniment to most North Indian classical and light music. Although construction of the instrument is similar to kettle-drums that were in use for centuries, the first visual images of an instrument similar to the tabla can be traced only to 1808. The instrument in its current form is probably less than a century old. Tablas are arguably the most complex drums in the world. Each head contains three separate skins.

Tablas consist of two upright drums that are played with fingers and palms. Each drum sits on a ringed base of padding. The smaller drum, slightly conical in shape, is called the tabla or dayan (literally right), and is generally played with the right hand. The top of the drum is covered with a stretched, layered leather membrane held in place by leather braces. The wooden pegs between the braces and the drum adjust the tension in the braces, thus controlling the pitch of the instrument. The black spot found in the tabla's center is made from a mixture of carbon black, mucilage, and iron filings gathered from the sides of Indian railway lines. The mixture is rolled up into a sticky ball and applied as many spiral layers until it builds up this unique black spot. The black spot and the tabla skins are very delicate. The dayan is tuned with a metal hammer by lightly striking the periphery of the top membrane or tapping the wooden pegs.

The larger rounded drum is called the duggi or the bayan (literally left), and is generally played with the left hand. Its body consists either of clay or, more commonly in modern tablas, metal (such as nickel-plated brass, brass, copper or aluminum). The top is covered with a leather membrane held with thongs and, like the dayan, is also adorned with a round black patch. The baya has a larger diameter than the daya and provides the bass. The tabla player's index, third, and fourth fingers as well as the palm and heel of the hand strike the surface of both drums to generate the rich treble and low bass tones that make up the tabla bols (percussion notes). Combined, the dayan and bayan, can produce an extraordinary array of sounds and rhythms in the hands of an accomplished player.

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