Djembe Drum Repairs & Tuning

Djembe repair prices:


For inquiries about repairs for drums other than djembes or balafons, please contact us at:



Phone: 617-686-6080



If this is the first time we will be seeing your djembe, you have choices and we will help you every step of the way, if necessary:


If the skin is broken and all you want (and all you need) is a highest quality new goatskin mounted and tuned to your liking, the cost is $175.-. However, if a ring is broken or won’t hold together during tightening, or the edge is not even, we direct you to our menu below:


• Heading a djembe with a highest quality goat skin using your rings, rope, and ring fabric $175.-

• New Rope Verticals $25.-

• New Ring Rope and Loops made and installed $20 per ring. (bottom ring is often not necessary to redo so, usually, it is only one ring, the crown ring, to be wrapped and corded.

• New Set of Top Rings fitted to your drum specifically and wrapped and cradled $40 (2)

• Shaping bearing edge (the wood of the drum under the skin) $15

• Oiling the wood and fixing minor cracks $20

• Oiling the wood and fixing major cracks $40.-


Average cost of re-heading a drum to our high standards is $175 to $225 depending on what condition your drum is in and what condition you want it to be when it is completed. This does not include shipping. Bring your hand drum to us for an evaluation with Alan. We will provide you with an on the spot estimate which is usually the final price.


When replacing rope, we generally use black. Other colors by request.


Time for repair: Your drum should be repaired within 2 - 3 weeks to 1 month. You will be contacted when work is completed. Yes, sometimes your drum can be repaired in a week or two!


Get you drum(s) to us: Call, email or text us to set up a meeting for tranfer of drum to us.


Out of state: When shipping your drum, please enclose a letter with your contact information as well as any specifics that you may have on the repair. It is best if you do not include any extra items such as a case or strap with the drum. Upon receiving it we will give you a call to check in. There maybe a question or two about the look or sound you are going for.


Drums for repair should be sent to:


Alan Tauber

PO Box 293

Wayland MA 01778

United States


A shipping fee will be added to send the drum back to you. That fee will be the actual postage of shipping the drum. If we meet to get your drum, there is obviously no shipping fee!

• We also repair BALAFON to perfection. We can accomplish better than new results in fixing your balafon. Since this is a complex instrument, we would discuss the costs and any shipment to us by phone or email or text if you prefer. Please contact DrumConnection to repair your balafon!

• We also repair SABAR to perfection. We can accomplish better than new results in fixing your sabar. Please contact DrumConnection to repair your sabar! It will be perfectly redone by our Senegalese experts!

Tutorial on Djembe Head Repair

How to tune your djembe and other things

Alan Tauber explaining some info about tuning rope and other djembe heads, how to get the crispness you want without ring and with the bass UP, as well. Tips, care and instructions are clearly laid out for you.

Below,  is Toca Percussion's Tutorial. Some folks may like to try this on your own. But you will see there are a lot of steps, a lot of know-how and in actuality the replacement work takes most people about a few days to get one djembe done. Including wetting and drying time, allowing for 5-10 mistakes, your re-head may take much longer. In our years of practice we have seen most people new to this, give up and bring the drum to us to re-head.


To be complete, I should say that the Toca method shown below is different in many ways than the way DrumConnection repairs our customers' djembes. There are many ways to skin a djembe! This video also gives you an idea in the complexity of the deal and time and patience involved too. Education and Experience are the keys. We have built over 2,000 djembe in our 28 years in business.

How to replace your djembe rings