Panyard Jumbie Jam Drum with Steel Finish – Awarded One!

This one has achieved awards from the National Association of Music Merchants in 2010, one being ‘Best Tools for Schools’ and another one being ‘Best in Show’. This Panyard steel tongue drum is an epitome of durability and simple design, as even a school kid can easily play it. Useful for music schools and workshops, this drum is for all age groups who prefer soothing melodies. The sound is much like from a professional instrument but comes at a cheaper price. It comes with a vibrant carrying case, mallets, stand, CD, and song book.

Pros

  • Clean sound
  • Cool design
  • Easy to learn
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Lack of enough notes, so not for a progressing professional

Panyard Jumbie Jam Table Top Steel Drum Kit – Awarded One!

This one is the most competitive model for beginners that have won the same awards as the aforementioned one. Most experts recommend it for those who want to get started. This drum is another model suitable for all ages, as it only needs striking the notes for sweet tunes. It is durable and versatile for both family and classroom fun with simple to complex sounds. The kit comes with mallets, guide, carrying case, and table top stand.

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to store
  • Good sound
  • Most affordable for starters

Cons

  • Limited notes

HAPI HDMINIDAKE Mini Steel Tongue Percussion Drum

This one is ideal for those who want an intuitive, compact, and easy musical instrument to play. This elegantly copper colored drum comes with a patented eight-note layout (D4, E4, F4, A4, Bb4, D5, E5, F5) and delivers powerful meditative tones. It is pentatonic to give meditative tunes and it is easy to come up with new melodious horizons. It comes with a free travel bag.

Pros

  • Perfect traveling size
  • Playable on any surface due to rubber feet isolating the sound
  • High-quality rubber mallets producing sound better than mallets

Cons

  • Little too small to hold and play on lap
  • Only 8 notes, so limited tunes

8″ Tongue Drum C Major Natural Scale from Crystal Energy Bowls

With a diameter of 20cm, 8 notes (C D E F G A B C), and two rubber rods, this one is another high-quality tongue drum available at the affordable rate. It is diatonic and is playable with mallets or fingers. The sound is pure and ethereal. It also comes with a free bag.

Pros

  • Light
  • Quality case
  • Playable on any surface

Cons

  • Possibility of actual model being different from photos

DOBANI 12-Inch Tanpura Tuning

This one is the costliest in this list, but not in the steelpan drum collection. It is obviously so, for a reason. This tongue drum with the antique bronze coating is capable of Bhopali, which is an Asian (Indian) classical raga on a pentatonic scale. This raga’s scale appeals to all international cultures and genres due to its meditative mood and soothing effect. It comes with eight notes, two beaters, soft case, and a gig bag.

Pros

  • Multi-cultural appeal
  • Meditative effect

Cons

  • Not that lightweight

Conclusion

Well, these beginner drums are more affordable than the high-end ones without compromising the variety to play even with one octave. Even more prominently, many come with guides. Just choose the one that is under your budget!