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The Ten Greatest Conga Drums

July 6, 2017
Involves different types of percussion, there isn't any drum more popular than the conga. If it's your first time to purchase a drum or you'll be able to solely buy one drum, I recommend a segundo (second) aka a conga drum. The three commonest sizes are the quinto, which is the the smallest in diameter and highest pitched (for soloing), the conga (or second ) drum and the tumba or tumbao which is the most important in diameter and lowest pitched. I like to recommend the segundo or normal conga drum measurement if you are going to only have one drum as this drum provides the slap sound, bass and tone all in one drum. I take pleasure in cow skin of medium thickness on my conga and tumba and medium on my quinto and requinto.
I have been following the gross sales of used Matthew Smith conga drums and a requinto (the smallest conga drum) sold for $1100 dollars the opposite day. Juniors drums are nice and considered among the nicest and most desirable collectors gadgets. By the way in which additionally does repairs, modifications and re heading for different drums or a minimum of he has previously. I like my MS walnut drums they usually have great sound and look implausible as well.
I like the lage rubber bumpers over the hardware, (an awesome simple innovation) that protects your drums and different peoples drums from scratching. Akbar makes these individualy by hand in California (not Thailand like the remainder of the Gon Bops fashions!) and the sound of the drums are surprisingly me, these are the most effective sounding drums offered by a major marketer. Sol Percussion by Akbar Moghaddam These are a few of my favourite drums and have incredible sound.
They're very snug to play with rounded curve model rims similar to the Fats Congas conga drums of the 70's who I believe have been the first to make use of the rounded rim, as an alternative of the standard flat edge. I've known them personally since they first began business many moons ago in Santa Cruz and can vouch for the high quality most popular conga drums in their merchandise and all the pieces they do. The conga drums here are stable shell congas being provided by Drumskulls and hand carved in Mali. They are an important buch of men and still have skins on the market and alls orts of fascinating stuff.

Lastly the determine, or form, of the drum for all of these producers is from a paramount decision of design for the creators opinion to make the most effective sound. Almost all the drum manufacturers making drums in Thailand use (largely) water buffalo skins with a number of special models receiving in my opinion a poor high quality cow pores and skin. Level the truth is, with a change to a medium thick Manito Percussion mule or steer skin you'll be able to vastly improve the sound of any of the Thai made drums. As a result of the price of skins is excessive many people don't change the pores and skin on there drums for several years.
I also like to play and train conga rhythms on my Manito Percussion strong shell one piece Maple Ambrosia wooden conga drums. This implies you can discuss to him concerning the sound you need and want and he can perceive this and offer you exactly what you need and need. The skins will relieve you of any undesirable ring so common in fiberglass conga drums such because the LP series.

I'm beginning with drums presently obtainable new as some of my favourite drums such because the legendary and unbelievable drums I own such as the drums made by the maestro Junior Tirado, (he handed away), the very solid workhorse Timba congas (out of enterprise) and JCR's (not sure what occurred to them) aren't obtainable except you could find some within the used market.
Many used drums want and might use a new skin which is simple to put on in case you are a little bit helpful. If you're taking a look at fiberglass drums be sure there isn't a indentation within the fiberglass or sagging anyplace particularly by the hardware. This occurs on older fiberglass drums tht have been left in a heated situation reminiscent of a trunk of a automobile. Here is a brief listing of the commonest drums you will note used on Craigslist and Ebay.
You will have to wait various degrees of time to get the drums however as most of those companies are very small or one man operations. Making a conga drum from scratch, by hand is a really concerned art kind that takes a variety of abilities to grasp. So please needless to say among the drum makers making these conga drums are arduous to get in contact with as they're so swamped and so busy (often doing every a part of the operation themselves), so you actually must preserve attempting, calling and writing.
I lately had an opportunity to play the very good Gon Bops California mannequin quinto and some of Peter's conga drums collectively and evaluate the 2 and so they each sounded on equal par for great sound and development quality as nicely. I'd say that the PM is more of a fine excessive finish furniture high quality as the finish is so beautiful and virtually on par when it comes to beautiful exotic wood finish and sound with the Volcano drums from Hawaii.

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