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Tiki Guiro?
Tele295
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From: RinKonTiki, CA
Posted: 2013-03-22 11:10 am   Permalink

Not sure if this is the right place to post. I'm looking for a guiro ("the ribbed fish") made out of koa, hopefully with some tiki carvings or theme rather than a Latin theme. Any suggestions?
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Hale Tiki
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From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-03-24 07:47 am   Permalink

I would assume since we don't have a tiki instrument section...you're good.

Ah, a güiro, the wonderful instrument responsible for part of what makes Quiet Village so great.

I've seen bamboo ones, but never a tiki one. That sounds like a custom job for one of our carvers here on TC though. Kinda makes me want to carve one.



 
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Tiki Cowboys
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2013-04-16 7:30 pm   Permalink

I have NEVER seen one made to look like a Tiki though, I wish I had one myself!

Here's the only thing I found.....
http://www.rhythmtraders.com/Meinl-10-Djembefola-Tiki-Black-Djembe-p3768.html

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Mr. Ho
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From: Boston, MA
Posted: 2013-04-16 7:47 pm   Permalink

Tele,

Do you care how it sounds? The best guiros are usually made out of gourds and come in many sizes. Different countries favor different styles and sizes of these...for exotica stuff, i like the small puerto rican ones with the wire rakes vs. the stick style and large gourd/wide mouthed fish you see with latin/salsa bands. Rarely do i like LP's stuff but their combo metal guiro/shaker is great (minus the shaker) for the exotica sound too if you want something more durable than the puerto rican style.

i'd be cautious of "wood" - its a dense material that doesn't resonate well at that size of an instrument and you will mostly get high pitched contact sound and not a lot of body from the hollow area which is what really helps it project on stage. but, if it's a cosmetic thing you are after, then i understand the fun angle.

if you want a real instrument focused on sound, Steveweissmusic.com has the largest and cheapest percussion inventory on the planet - check them. They may not list every style/size so if you order, may want to tell them in the Notes what size you are looking for.

FUn fact: in the DR (Dom Repub), the guiro is feminine (guira) and is a large, cylinder shaped guiro, almost always metal, and hollow all the way through. Merengue!

best,
Mr. Ho


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Tele295
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From: RinKonTiki, CA
Posted: 2013-04-17 08:59 am   Permalink

Thank you, Mr. Ho. Yes, the tone is the make or break factor. I didn't realize the fish shaped ones were made from gourds.

In my head, I was trying to merge the concept of a fish guiro with the wooden frog instrument. If that's not going to work, then I won't waste time on that avenue.

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tikiyaki
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2013-04-17 2:56 pm   Permalink

Me 6 years ago....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuKCTdZSd8E

A very deep tone, but it looks cool!


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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-04-18 1:22 pm   Permalink

Jim Bacchi rubbing his Tiki - what a classic! But what's that damn white noise in the background?

 
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Tele295
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From: RinKonTiki, CA
Posted: 2013-12-31 09:08 am   Permalink

I found this guiro made out of a big hunk of bamboo. Pretty close to the tone I'm looking for



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