Timbau – a membranaphone instrument, conical in shape, used for samba-reggae music. Originated in Salvador, capital of Bahia, a state in Brazil.
I bought a second hand pair of congas. Fantastic sound, breathtaking quality, super bargain price. And incredibly heavy! Far too heavy for me to lift in and out of my car routinely.
I went to a conference and discovered the timbau, specifically the festival series from Remo. I bought two, a green swirls and a multi-coloured swirls.
The skins can be removed to be a separate hand-drum, similar to a Bodhrain.
Once the skins have been taken off, they stack inside each other. Their combined weight is roughly on fifth of the smaller conga’s.
Clearly they needed a bag – to keep them pristine, sounding beautiful, and to make transporting a breeze. I measured, cogitated and designed.
I decided on a padded cotton drawstring bag with two thin cushions for between the two skins, and on top. The two cushions would have a thermal layer to further protect the skins from heat damage.
This zig zag cotton comes from Indonesia, a gift from a dear friend. It is beautiful quality, a dream to work with. I found it in my stash where it has been marinating for a couple of years.
I also found some batting, bought for a baby quilt many, many years ago.
The rest of the story is in the next post.