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How do I properly measure a djembe drum-head?

I have an older Remo Djembe that a buddy found in the garbage, of all places- he gave it to me 'cuz he knew I loved hand-drums and would be more than willing to rescue this one. The head was melted out in the centre, so it needs replacing- the drum itself is fine. How do I properly measure the head to find out it's size? Do I measure edge to edge on the top of the head (it's 12" there), or do I measure the ring itself (12.5, almost 13")? I'm assuming it's a 12" head, but I want to be sure when I order a new one. It's a 24" tall drum, with a ring and bracket assembly, not rope. I'm afraid I don't know the model or name of this drum, other than it was made by Remo and that it's a Djembe.

I'm having a LOT of trouble finding this info, considering how popular these drums are. :-p Any information would be appreciated, thank you.

Frustrated drummer, hoping to resurrect a nice-looking drum.
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  • CHRISTIAN (Official Rep) May 27, 2010 19:15
    Djembe drumheads are measured by O.D of the crown (outer diameter of the playing surface of the drumhead).
    Sounds like you have a 12" key-tuned djembe.

    See the following link to compare the construction.
    http://www.remo.com/portal/products/6...

    If it appears to be the same, here are part #'s for replacement heads:
    [MO-2512-FA] DRUMHEAD, FIBERSKYN, M2 TYPE, FA FILM, 12" DIAMETER, 2.5" COLLAR (DJEMBE)
    (more commonly in-stock)

    [MO-2512-N2] DRUMHEAD, NUSKYN, M2 TYPE, 12" DIAMETER, 2.5" COLLAR (DJEMBE)
    (more commonly special order)

    For more immediate assistance fill free to contact us directly 1-800-525-5134.
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