Ever since the first time I traveled to Brazil and brought back a handmade pandeiro and authentic caixa, I have hand-picked the best quality instruments available in Brazil to develop my own playing and improve the sound of my ensembles. These instruments have the specific qualities of materials, construction, shapes, and timbres needed for traditional sounds and techniques.  I’m committed to supplying quality instruments that I would use myself and recommend to others.

Carl Dixon, Virada Drums

  • Agogô

    Agogô (8)

    The agogô bell is played in almost all styles of Brazilian music. The instrument and many of the rhythms it is used to play are African in origin. Here are twelve rhythms played on the agogô in Brazilian music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1nfHOxA06E&t
  • Caixa

    Caixa (16)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOq3oPpbncM Samba Rhythms for Caixa Caixas have either curly wire snares on the bottom or wound wires on the top. Caixas with snares on the bottom are used for samba reggae, maracatu, and other rhythms from Bahia and the Northeast of Brazil. These caixa have a lot of ring and buzz from the snares, and are 12” or 14” in…
  • Pandeiro

    Pandeiro (43)

    Panderios come with either nylon or skin heads. Nylon is often louder and more durable and can be tuned higher. Singly ply nylon is more versatile: double ply nylon is more focused in tone and louder when tuned to higher pitches. Skin has a more mellow tone and can be tuned low to medium pitches. Platinelas (jingles) are made of…
  • Pandeiro - nylon head

    Pandeiro - nylon head (21)

    Nylon head pandeiros
  • Pandeiro - skin head

    Pandeiro - skin head (21)

    Skin head pandeiro
  • Rebolo

    Rebolo (13)

    Rebolo, tantan, tan-tan, tanta, and other similar spellings refer to the same type of drum.  Usually 12-14" in diameter and 45-60cm long, with one head (skin or napa).  Rebolo often refers to a smaller 12" drum.  Tan tan (etc.) can refer to the larger 14" drums, or also to the 12" drums. 12" are great to be used with a…
  • Repique de anel

    Repique de anel (3)

  • Shakers

    Shakers (2)

    Shakers in Brazilian music are sometimes called ganza, rocar, or chocalho.
  • Tamborim

    Tamborim (21)

    Tamborims are used in many styles of Brazilian music, including samba (in a bateria or samba school), pagode, choro, MBP, jazz, and more. Tamborims with plastic head are best for louder use with a wood or plastic stick. Tamborims with a skin head are great for lower volume playing for choro, pagode, and jazz styles with wood sticks or brushes,…
  • Timbal

    Timbal (11)

    The timbal (also spelled timbau or timba) is a hand drum from Bahia used in samba reggae, samba afro, and other music from Brazil, including some samba schools in Rio.  Popularized by the band Timbalada. 14" x 90cm is the most common size.  Drums are made form both metal and wood; metal shells are louder and more durable. 16 tuning…
  • Tuning keys

    Tuning keys (7)

    Most tunable drums from Brazil have either 1/4" nuts (pandeiros, tamborims) or 3/8" nuts (caixa, repique, surdo, and most other larger instruments).
  • Zabumba

    Zabumba (4)

    The Zabumba is used along with the triangle to play rhythms from the North East of Brazil, including baião, forró, xote, xaxado, quadrilha, and more. This drum is played with a padded mallet on the top head and a "bacalhão" - a thin stick made from nylon or bamboo - on the bottom head.
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