John W. Parks IV - Florida State University

"BSP tambourines provide both the professional and student with beautiful vintage sounds and industry-leading playability; when it comes to performance, anything is possible with a Black Swamp tambourine in your hands."

John W. Parks IV - Florida State University

SoundArt Series Tambourines

The SoundArt Series tambourines reinvented and revived the true orchestral tambourine sound by returning to the superior tone that is produced only with a steam-bent, single ply shell. Our shell is complemented by jingles made from tonally rich metal alloys and quality calfskin to create the de facto standard of tambourines throughout the world.

The core of our SoundArt Series™ tambourines is a solid, steambent Ash shell. We use skilled hand craftsmanship and precise, advanced machinery to showcase the natural beauty of the wood. Our rigorous quality standards and superior quality lumber means that we don't have to hide anything.

Our jingles are hammered in such a way to produce a full sonority while balancing different characteristics such as attack, tessitura, sustain, projection, and tone. For example, some jingle types emphasize bite, while others emphasize ring.

All SoundArt tambourines are available with either premium translucent calfskin, or Remo Renaissance synthetic heads. Calf is the true traditional skin of choice for tambourines, and the synthetic offers more resistance to pitch changes while still producing a professional sound.

Double and Single Row SoundArt Tambourines

Chromium 25
The Black Swamp Chromium 25™ tambourine is bright, cutting, and articulate.
TD1 ~ Double Row 10"
TS1 ~ Single Row 10"
T12-1 ~ Single Row 12" 

Chromium 25™ is very bright, cutting, articulate, and crunchy. As the tambourine is "played in," it will be an extremely articulate sound that is surprisingly full bodied. 

Phosphor Bronze
The Black Swamp Phosphor Bronze resonates with a dark timbre that produces beautiful rolls.
TD2 ~ Double Row 10"
(no single row 10" model)
(no single row 12" model)

The TD2 is a dark sound that will become more wet (aka ring longer) over time.  It has a ringing quality that produces beautiful rolls.

German Silver
The Black Swamp German Silver tambourine has a musical ringing quality that is bright and pure.
TD3 ~ Double Row 10"
TS3 ~ Single Row 10"
T12-3 ~ Single Row 12" 

German Silver (aka nickel silver), has been used in musical instruments for centuries. It has a musical ringing quality that is bright and pure.

Beryllium Copper
The Black Swamp Beryllium Copper tambourine has a complex sonority and fullness.
TD4 ~ Double Row 10"
TS4 ~ Single Row 10"
T12-4 ~ Single Row 12" 

Beryllium Copper jingles have a complex sonority that is a nice balance between lushness and zing.

The Black Swamp Chromium/Bronze tambourine is prized for its crunchy bit, full sonority, and excellent projection.
TC1 ~ Double Row 10"
(no single row 10" model)
TC12-1 ~ Single Row 12" 

The TC1 is a Chromium/Bronze jingle mix. This is one of our most popular tambourines, prized for its crunchy bite, full sonority, and excellent projection.

The Black Swamp Chromium/Silver tambourine has a crunchy bite and full sonority that is higher in tessitura than the Chromium Bronze.
TC2 ~ Double Row 10"
(no single row 10" model)
(no single row 12" model)

The TC2 is a Chromium/Silver jingle mix. While still more on the crunch side, the German Silver (in place of the Phosphor Bronze) has a higher tessitura.

Calf vs Synthetic

Junior plays each model

Included with every BSP tambourine

Black Swamp padded tambourine case

A plush padded

tambourine bag

(10" tambourines only)

Black Swamp thumb roll beeswax

Super turbocharged

thumb roll beeswax


precise performance

Mark Carson - Freelance/Former USAF Band Washington DC

"Black Swamp instruments produce truly musical sounds: rich, full and articulate. Every BSP instrument I pick up feels comfortable in my hands, and therefore helps me achieve the sound I wish to add to an ensemble."​

Mark Carson - Freelance/Former USAF Band Wash. D.C.