> > > BeatIt Test: Meinl Percussion 12″ Alpine Series Pickup Djembe

Some time ago, we received a package from Meinl Distribution. Knowing what awaited us inside, we immediately started unpacking in order to share the test results with you as soon as possible, because such instruments do not find their way to our HQ too often.

We are testing a Meinl Percussion 12″ Alpine Series Pickup Djembe

1. Test

We tested the Meinl Alpine Series Djembe in our recording facility. This time, the role of a laboratory technician was taken over by Patrycja Betley – a multi-percussionist and flautist, member of the band Same Suki, also associated with the bands Karolina Cicha & Spółka and Kayah & Transoriental Orchestra.

2. Basic product specification:

  • Producer: Meinl Percussion
  • Type: Pickup Djembe
  • Series: Alpine
  • Size: 12′
  • Model: PADJ12-BW
  • Shell material: Synthetic
  • Head: Synthetic
  • Finish: Barnwood
  • Weight: 4.770 Grams

3. Product and sound

As with the previously tested Meinl ADJ12-SI Djembe, the 12″ PADJ12-BW Alpine Pickup Djembe has an incredibly light but durable construction. This 100% synthetic djembe is equipped with a piezo pickup and input/output jack sockets. The instrument also has a volume control panel with the ability to connect to an amplifier or PA. Sometimes you need more volume during open-air or arena percussion performances (and not only), and in such a situation a djembe with a built-in pickup will be the perfect solution. Tuning is simple with a mechanically tuned synthetic head. The design of the instrument supports the resonance of low tones as well as higher, soaring frequencies making the djembe tested here ideal for so-called drum circles or large-scale performances. Also, it is really easy to tune even in changing weather conditions.

Moving on to our laboratory technician’s test, Patrycja presented single sounds – bass, tone and slap to show the full spectrum of colours that the instrument has to offer. Then, she played a steady pulse, showing how sonorous and musical the tested djembe is. In Patrycja’s hands, the instrument displays a full range of frequencies, which could also be heard under the microphone. The piezo pickup turned out to be an excellent option to enhance the sound and it even encouraged some experimentation in studio conditions. We imagine that the Alpine Pickup Djembe will find its application among both professional and amateur drummers. It can also be a great tool in the studio and on stage.

Producer: https://meinlpercussion.com

Distributor in Poland: Meinl Distribution

OUR VERDICT: 5 out of 5


  • Great value for money
  • Lightweight
  • Great sound
  • Great addition for percussion players


  • None

Drummers and Drummerettes! It’s time to put the Meinl 12′ Alpine Series Pickup Djembe to the most important test of all, i. e. the en.beatit.tv viewers’ test! Exclusively for you, we give you Patrycja Betley!