When my fingers went numb the guitar which I used to play (badly) in the folk group Hobbyhorse became unmanageable. I say badly; I can still play 'Angie' by the late Davy Graham (a Sandwich town resident for a while) but the rest is gone. When I left the college lecturer job with a handful of money I bought a 'Klong Yaw', an occasional drum. The rest of the time it acts as a table.
I played with a street band (Brewhaha) for a while but the legs can't do the walking no more so static drumming is the recipe now. I enjoy rhythms (and modes) from east of Istanbul; 5/8, 7/8, 13/8 and so forth. Good examples are found on the CD 'East Wind' (Andy Irvine/Davy Spillane). In addition I use dgembe, clave, darabooka, triangle and anything else I can lay my hands on. I'm not a musician but a percussionist.
For my birthday this year the family are giving me a Hapi drum called a UFO. I would get a 'Hang' which is up-market version of the same thing if not for the expense, both in purchase (£3000+) and insurance. Look forward to some melodic rhythms in forthcoming appearances.
The sound playing on this page is from a HAPI drum