||The drum heads use skins of goat and camel
||No animal skins are used as the drum heads are synthetic
||Ethical, as no animals are harmed
||Shells are made of wood
||Shells are made of fiberglass
||Environmentally friendly, as no trees are required to be cut
||Light weight and highly travel friendly.
||Pitch may sometimes change suddenly due to variation in temperature and humidity
||Pitch does not vary appreciably with temperature and humidity
||No need for frequent retuning during a performance
||Tonal qualities vary from instrument to instrument
||Excellent tonal clarity, sustain, and resonance
||Consistent tonal quality
||Difficult to tune over a wide tuning range
||Can be tuned over a range unachievable in the traditional Tabla
||Wide tuning range
||Syahi is made of boiled rice and other materials like iron powder. The adhesion of the Syahi to the skin is through the starch which acts like a glue. This necessitates the frequent replacement of the Syahi
||The Syahi is chemically bonded to the drum head membrane so that it does not fall off or wither away with time
||This eliminates the need for Syahi replacement. The head is also impervious to hand sweat.
||Heads are fixed to the shell permanently. So re-heading the shell has to be done only by a Tabla craftsman.
||Heads are detachable and assembling the drum heads is very simple
||If the heads get worn out they can be easily replaced by the users themselves
||In case of the nut bolt Tabla, the hooks project out of the shell; they may hurt the fingers while playing
||The nuts and bolts are placed in a way that they are completely non obstructive. Furthermore, the tuning hardware, except the tuning nut that needs access, is completely covered and protected.
||Aesthetic appearance with complete protection for hands while playing
||Heads cannot be cleaned easily
||Heads can be cleaned with a moist cloth
||Heads can be cleaned with a moist cloth, which is unthinkable in the case of the animal skin heads