MUNZ & SIMONSEN | Japanese Taiko – Miya Daiko
Taiko originates from Japan, where its roots lie in spiritual rituals and millennia-old traditions. Thanks to the tours of Japanese Taiko groups such as Ondekoza, Kodo, Yamato or Tao, this fascinating type of drum play is becoming more and more well-known and popular within Europe as well.
The centrepieces of the instruments of each taiko group are barrel drums of different sizes, the so-called "Miya" or "Nagado." The corpus of Japanese taiko drums was traditionally whittled out of a tree segment of the Japanese Zelkova tree (related to the European Elm tree). This manufacturing process is very complex and takes a lot of time. In addition to that, trees with a suitable diameter have become rarer and more expensive. For this reason, even Japanese manufacturers are increasingly constructing the drum body out of individual staves.
We have cooperated with several taiko groups throughout the past years to develop Munz & Simonsen Taikos that are exceptionally durable and comparable to Japanese drums regarding their design, quality, and sound. We are exclusively using well-tested high quality materials from Germany, which are expertly and carefully assembled in our manufactory.
Our Taikos are made from Elm wood segments that are glued tension-free. "Tension-free" means that the individual segments of the drum body are cut out of a massive wood board with a band saw, with the segment shape following the outline of the finalized drum. These segments are then cut in a perfect fitting angle with a circular saw. Thus, the drum body becomes so stable that it doesn't need any additional metal bands for stabilization.
Once all segments have been cut, they are assembled to form the raw drum body and glued in shape. This raw drum body is then turned on the lathe. Thus, the drum body obtains a perfectly round shape, and the edge of the taiko drum body can be precisely profiled. This allows us to achieve drum body diameters of 160 cm (about 63") and more at our lathes.
Each Munz & Simonsen Drum is an individual and unique item that will provide you many years of joy, even if you use it every single day.