Softer wood
More dense
wood
Lighter weight
wood
Heavy weght
wood
Melina wood
Bala
wood
African Mahogany
(Acajou)
wood
Lingue
wood
Beige
to
very light beige
Average  brown to
dark brown
(mixed colour)
Light brown
to
dark brown
(reddish tendency)
Light brown
to
dark brown
The 4 different types of wood above are the best among multiple West African woods to build Djembes. There is no real better one among the 4 wood types .
Combination of  wood  type/density, shell  shape, weight and proportion of the shell, together with the thickness of the skin head, and the assembling process are all key  factors  in  the musical quality of a Djembe.
The Melina wood (Beige color) is a wood very widely available compared to the other wood types, so this is why the price of Djembes made out of  Melina can be slightly lower than the others.
All our Djembes are built  by families who   have produced the same artifacts for generations. They have mastered the techniques of selecting materials and  building  instruments for centuries. All 4 woods can provide Djembes with very good sounds, from base to tones and slaps.   
For supplemental information, visit our blog article main page and
read  our  blog  article  on how to recognize an authentic Djembe
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