For more information, or to Order Contact designer and maker, Jim Doble
jim@elementaldesign.me
(207) 785-2212
Union, Maine

WHALE DRUMS & FUNGIPHONES

(metal tongue drums)

Whale drums have become one of my most popular instruments for outdoor and indoor play. These are the Original Whale Drums. The tone is deep, rich and very resonant. Even on cement or turf, you can feel the vibration run up through your body from the ground. These metal tongue drums are made from old repurposed propane tanks, and often show sign of their previous life in the form of dings or pock marks. this only adds to their character and texture under the powder coat finish.

The Fungiphones are a recent cousin of the Whale Drum.

They are made from new propane tank end "seconds", with an old repurposed narrow propane tank as the "stem". They are very similar in sound to the whale drum with, perhaps, slightly more sustain, and the added bell like sound when the rim is struck.

 A cluster of 30" Whale Drums

24"Whale Drum

Eight Notes.  (pictured left and red below)

These are 24" Diameter and around 18" high tank drums, made from the smaller household bulk tanks, referred to by those in the trade as "piglets".

The metal isn't quite as thick as the larger tanks, but these metal tongue drums are excellent for preschool, lower elementary age, or any age in a less public setting..

24"Whale Drum- $560  (comes with one pair of mallets

With attached mallets (four)- add $50

With enamel accent paint- add $75  (see photo below)

For dimensions and installation info click here.

For a gallery of color options click here.​

30" Whale Drum

Ten Notes  (Green Drum shown here > )

These are 30" Diameter and 24" high, Made from the full size propane tank or "Pig", as called in the trade.

These metal tongue drums are fine for just about any use other than a very busy unsupervised public playground.

30"Whale Drum- $690  (comes with one pair mallets)

With attached mallets (four)- add $50

With enamel accent paint- add $75 (see photo below)

For dimensions and installation info click here.

For a gallery of standard color options click here.​

Sample of Accent Color design

Super Heavy Duty Whale Drums

Ten notes (pictured below and to left)

These tank drums are made out of the "hot dog" style bulk propane tanks made from between 1/4" and 3/8" thick steel. Quite rugged. 

42" and 37" SHD Whale Drums-  $1340. (usually 30" high (below left and center)

30" SHD Whale Drum- $980  (Usually 24" high, below on right)

Attached Mallets- add  $50. (four mallets)

Accent Color-- add $85 (sample photo to left)

For dimensions and installation info click here.

For a gallery of standard color options click here.​

Fungiphones!

These are one of my newer designs!

The playability and the sound quality are much like the Whale Drums, with a little more sustain and the added effect of a bell like tone when struck on the rim. The Tops are made from new "seconds" meant for propane tank tops, and the "stem" is made from old repurposed narrow propane cylinders. The recommendations for size are similar to those stated for the Whale Drums.

24" Fungiphone-  $610  ( 8 keys. shown right, and the red green, and white shown below

30"Fungiphone- $740  (10 keys. orange and blue drums below)

37" Fungiphone- $985  (10 keys. photo below right). (top made of 1/4 steel for  extra heavy use)

Add accent color- add  $75

Attached mallets (four)- Add $50

To see footprint click here.

To see standard color choices click here.​

30"and 24" Fungiphones

37" Fungiphone