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In the section where we explain the different materials that we work with, we explain the sound that each material offers.
The choice of sound is very personal, since it doesn’t only depend on the use that we are going to make of each castanet, but it also depends on our tapping, that is, how loudly or gently we play.
Our recommendation is that if we have a gentle tapping, we choose the material that offers a medium sound like grained fibre or materials that give a high-pitched and bright sound such as Glass or Granadillo wood. In this way, we won’t need to play loudly to make them sound, their high-pitched sound will help us to not have to strain too much if we don’t have very much strength in our hands….they will do the hard work.
If we have strong tapping, we can play any material, they will all be fine; but it is true that the materials that give us a high-pitched sound will sound too loud; so we recommend materials that give us deep sounds, like Pressed Fabric. They will sound more beautifully and with a cleaner and more pleasant nuance.
But as we always say, the customer has the final word. It is them that must feel good about the chosen material and sound, since sometimes it is the castanet that chooses the person.