Malik Instruments

The Royal Vines Sombaty Darbuka

Bottom of The Royal Vines Sombaty Darbuka / Doumbek

Made by Gawharet El Fan

Handmade by expert craftsmen who have decades of experience creating fabulous instruments that are sure to draw attention to your playing with their timeless beauty. Our manufacturers are the world-renown Darbuka makers based in Cairo, Gawharet El Fan. Middle Section of The Royal Vines Sombaty Darbuka / Doumbek

Individually crafted Mother of Pearl designs

Each Mother of Pearl piece has to be placed by hand on the Darbuka's aluminium shell. The Blue Mother of Pearl collection uses both white and blue Mother of Pearl together to create classic Egyptian designs.

Inside of The Royal Vines Sombaty Darbuka / Doumbek

Glitter finished inner shell

The inside of the Darbuka is finished in a smooth glitter finish, to ensure maximum resonance when sound is transmitted through the Darbuka body.

Tuning System of The Royal Vines Sombaty Darbuka / Doumbek

Internal tuning system

The internal tuning system allows the Darbuka to be kept in tune at all times. As it is internal, the tuning lugs are not exposed and hence do not reduce the playable section of the Darbuka by interfering with the Tek or Ka strokes.

The Royal Vines Sombaty Darbuka / Doumbek with white Malik Instruments Head

Malik Instruments head

These fantastic Malik Instruments 23cm Darbuka heads are manufactured by PowerBeat, in Taiwan, and fitted to our Darbukas because of their remarkable sound quality.

Malik Instruments The Royal Vines Sombaty Darbuka / Doumbek side view

Modern Sombaty size

The Sombaty is a larger, modern version of the original Darbuka. The Sombaty's head diameter is 23cm, whereas the Darbuka has only a 22cm diameter. The Sombaty is also 2cm taller and weighs approximately 1.5kg more. The result is a more powerful sound from the Sombaty drum.


6.1 kg

Head width

23 cm

Total width

30 cm


48 cm

Inner shell material


Inner shell colour


Design material

White Mother of Pearl

Blue Mother of Pearl

Plastic (with metal crimplock)

Tuning system


Tuning lugs


Country in


Crafted by 

Gawharet El Fan

As to be expected with all handmade instruments, there may be some minor variations in design, slight imperfections on the body and some small scratches on the Darbuka head. This will not affect the quality of the sound in any way. All items are new and have not been previously used. Darbukas, like most instruments, require tuning and should be played/tuned regularly for the first few weeks until the head sets fully and the true beauty of the sound starts to shine through.

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