After a long and eסאensive research of taiko drum making companies, where we learned first hand the different qualities of drums and drum makers - we chose two main companies with whom we work with: one Chinese company and one Taiwanese company. They provide us with quality drums at excellent prices.
The cost of an average Japanese taiko drum is very expensive and starts at about 2000 dollars depending on size, therefore many Japanese drum companies manufacture and import drums from China!
In China, the production qualities are variable, and one can easily buy drums that won't last 3 shows... (from experience)
The companies we have chosen have so far proven themselves to provide excellent products at an excellent price.