Fa Dao wrote:
I ordered a chod drum from here... http://shop.fpmt.org/Chod-Drum_p_729.html
price was good, drum has a decent sound to it, came with case, tail etc. Not at the level of what damaruworks makes but very functional
Looks like a great price for the West.
Note: number 5 the conch ring. This is not just decorative, and having a good one, in the right place, makes all the difference in the world.
This is what the bottom of your hand rests on, and pushes against. Your thumb and first finger can control the drum, in a good way, only if the conch ring is in the right place. This has to be adjusted for the size of your hand to get the distance from the drum right.https://www.google.com/search?q=chod+dr ... B500%3B369
Except for the conch ring, all qualifications of the drum, as described in phantom59's post are not / not necessary to perform the chod. I agree with his comments about the wood Kangling: the bone version is also hard to explain to a customs officer, should you be traveling.
So you might inquire about the conch ring. You should also make sure that you "like" the drum they send you and if not, exchange it until you find one you like. The easiest way to learn is to sit on the Chodpa(ma)'s right, and do monkey see, monkey do. This is how I learned from ChNNR. In the old days this was possible. Playing along with the video will also work.http://www.shangshungstore.org/index.ph ... rch_list&s