MN Taiko makes a wide variety of Taiko. We handcraft taiko from wine barrels, using quality materials with exceptional workmanship. We can custom make taiko to fit your needs and your budget.

OUR STANDARD DRUMS INCLUDE: 

 
Called chu, josuke or nagadou, this is the workhorse of any taiko ensemble.

Called chu, josuke or nagadou, this is the workhorse of any
taiko ensemble.

Add Text here for how the shime sounds and the use of the drum to the individual.

Add Text here for how the shime sounds and the use of the drum to the individual.

Bodies are made from Keller maple plywood drum shells for very light weight and strength  

Bodies are made from Keller maple plywood drum shells for very light weight and strength

 

The base beat of the ensemble, the odaiko provides the heart pounding sound that moves the body and soul.

The base beat of the ensemble, the odaiko provides the heart pounding sound that moves the body and soul.

Used in a similar fashion to shime, the sumo drums add another dimension of sound. 

Used in a similar fashion to shime, the sumo drums add another dimension of sound. 

Hira Daiko are larger in diameter than in height, making them more convenient for transporting but still allowing for the sound and visual dynamics of full sized taiko. 

Hira Daiko are larger in diameter than in height, making them more convenient for transporting but still allowing for the sound and visual dynamics of full sized taiko. 

Chu

Chu on a slant stand

Chu on a flat stand

Called chu, josuke or nagadou, this is the workhorse of any taiko ensemble.

MN Taiko offers chu in two standard sizes:

The 21" diameter offers a large chu that can move easily from a slant stand to the beta, or down style.

The 18" diameter chu provides a smaller, easier transportable option. This size is often requested by customers who want drums in the home or at schools for ease of movement.

Both chu drums offered have great sound.

Price

18" diameter, 22 inch tall, without kan - $995.00
18" diameter, 22 inch tall, with kan - $1,145.00
 
21" diameter, 24 inch tall, without kan - $1,195.00
21" diameter, 24 inch tall, with kan - $1,345.00

(Prices include shipping within the Continental US)

 

Odaiko

The base beat of the ensemble, the odaiko provides the heart pounding sound that moves the body and soul.

If the standard size that MN Taiko offers for the odaiko does not fit your need, please let us know what size you desire, a quote can be put together for you.

24" head diameter, 27" tall

Price

$1,395.00 without kan
$1,545.00 with kan
(Prices include shipping within the Continental US)

Shime

Body: Typically made from ash or oak precision turned on a lathe. Additional wood options possible on request.

Heads: Natural cowhide stretched on 14 inch diameter rings made from
1/2 inch stainless steel. Heads are hand stitched with a double row of artificial sinew thread for strength and durability.

Rope: 1/2 inch diameter three strand nylon marine grade rope. 

The bodies are 10 inches in diameter and 7 inches tall.        

Price

$775.00
(Prices include shipping within the Continental US)

 

Sumo

Sumo drums are relatively new on the ensemble taiko scene but have been used for centuries in theater. Used in a similar fashion to shime, the sumo drums add another dimension of sound. 

12" in diameter, 15" in height        

Price

$875.00
(Prices include shipping within the Continental US)

Okedo

Body: Made from keller maple plywood for very light weight and strength, approximately 20 inches tall.

Heads: Natural cowhide stretched on 17 inch diameter rings made from 3/8 inch stainless steel. 

PricE & Standard Sizes

17 inch Diameter, 17 inch tall: $950

17 inch Diameter, 21 inch tall: $975

19 inch Diameter, 19 inch tall: $1150

19 inch Diameter, 24 inch tall: $1200

24 inch Diameter, 24 inch tall: $1500 

(Prices include shipping within the Continental US)

 

Hira

Hira Daiko are larger in diameter than in height, making them more convenient for transporting but still allowing for the sound and visual dynamics of full sized taiko. 

14" - 36" in diameter, height is determined by the diameter requested.   We have two standard sizes but can prepare a quote for you for other sizes.

PricE

14" diameter, 7" tall - $500.00
16" diameter, 8" tall - $575.00  

 

Making the Hira

15 photos documenting the making of Theater Mu's 36 inch Hira drum.