I couldn't pull the uprights tight enough, but went ahead and threw a couple rows of diamonds in so I could check out the sound.
Sidy came by for a lesson today and pronounced the drum good. He even played it for awhile. Let me tell you, that was a complete thrill, listening to a djembefola playing a drum I rebuilt.
After he left, I took the diamonds out again and pulled the verticals tighter.... but I think I need a tool to be able to get them really tight.
I made a homemade rope pulling tool, but I broke it yesterday! Ha!