When I first started playing the Indian tabla drums I depended on my teacher to tune my tabla drums. Eventually with the guidance of a teacher I learnt how to tune my own drums, using a guitar tuner to get the right note. Tuning the tabla from a ‘C’ to a ‘D’ can take some time and re-heading a tabla is difficult task.
David Yovino, a design engineer and tabla player using modern materials has designed a mechanism which allows changing the tuning of the tabla drum to be done in seconds. Also using this system re-heading is a lot easier, and you won’t damage your hands.
The first transtablas will be available from February 2013. I am very interested to read some reviews on how the transtabla is performing as an instrument for tabla players who are fortunate to be the first explorers of this new technology. Please post your reviews, or links to reviews, thanks.
David Yovino’s website: http://www.vnodne.com