"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. Every SoundArt Series tambourine ever produced has been made with a single ply Ash shell. No compromises - ever.
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. See the timbre chart and listen to the sound samples below to find your sound.
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
"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."