To start this list of tongue drum manufacturers, here is a tongue drum 100% made in France: the beat root! It is marketed since 2014 and has received the award 2015 of the safe value by Audiofanzine website.
This tongue drum is very qualitative with a deep and captivating sound much resembling the sound of the hang drum. Its design is sober but worked and all the manufacturing steps are carried out within 15 km of their workshop in Besançon (France) where they perform the tuning and take care of the finishes.
Spotted in 2015 at the Musikmesse Frankfurt by Yamaha, the Beat Root tongue drum has been distributed by the Japanese firm throughout the archipelago of Japan!
They were already distinguished from the competition with an electro-acoustic model (a tongue drum incorporating a microphone and a Jack wire) but in 2018 they sink the nail by proposing a multi-scale model that allows from a single tongue drum to obtain 6 scales thanks to a very easy system of tuning. system of formidable efficiency and simplicity!
There is no doubt that Beat Root team will continue to make themselves known thanks to their innovative ideas, their attention to detail and the prices more than affordable.
Their different models:
After starting with the classics Akebono, Sol minor, Sol major or pentatonic, in acoustic or electro-acoustic version, Beat Root has developed the multiscale tongue drum which combines major scales, pentatonic and minor (6 scales in all), all in electro-acoustic at a price of 496$.