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caixa de maracatu

In the Brazilian federal state of Pernambuco, an old traditional way of making drums has been revived: instead of tuning the caixa with lugs, the traditional rope system is used. Besides spectacular optics, this technique has effects on the sound of the drum: since the shell of the drum is not injured by drill holes nor muffled by the weight of metal hardware, the body vibrates freely and generates a strong open sound. The wooden rims make rimshots softer.

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