A customer recently brought us these older Toca congas (9.75″ requinto, two 10.75″ quintos) to upgrade the skins and flesh hoops. They will only be used in his studio, so I mounted 1.9mm Middle Eastern Steer across the entire set to better control overtones while preserving action. Check out the side plates and the size of the bottoms!
Enjoy A Before And After?
Enjoy before and after? We upgraded the skins, flesh hoops and lugs, as well as refinished a customer’s 6.25″ x 7.25″ bongos. They are in great shape with no need for crack/stave separation repair. I mounted/tucked a .9mm horse skin on the macho and 1.2mm steer skin on the hembra. There was very little space between the shell and crown.
PreMounted™ Middle Eastern Steer Skin For LP 12.5″ Tumba With Comfort Curve 1 (Soft Strike) Crown
This PreMounted™ Middle Eastern Steer Skin For LP 12.5″ Tumba With Comfort Curve 1 (Soft Strike) Crown is 2.2mm thick. The sound is warm and classic with crisp slaps, round open tones, rich bass and controlled overtones. This is our shop favorite!
Calf On These Frame Drums
We recently upgraded the skins to ultra thin calf on these frame drums. The sound is very bright and resonant. We always enjoy working on a variety of drums- the spice of life!
PreMounted™ Fat Cat™ Buffalo Skin For LP 11.75″ Conga With EZ Curve Crown
This PreMounted™ Fat Cat™ Buffalo Skin For LP 11.75″ Conga With EZ Curve Crown is 1.8mm thick. The sound is bright and resonant with very crisp slaps, round open tones, rich bass sustain and excellent projection. The playing surface is slightly dense and dimpled. This skin type is not to be confused with Thai water buffalo. Check out our other specials as well.
Gon Bops Cuban Series Congas
We recently upgraded the flesh hoops and skins on these Gon Bops Cuban series congas for a buddy in Atlanta. We selected chocolate Middle Eastern Steer-1.8mm for the 10.5″ quinto, 2mm for the 11.5″ conga.
These solid shell poplar bongos were made with wood sourced sustainably from Athens, GA. They feature our handmade stainless steel hardware and horse and steer skins.
Width: 7.25″ macho, 9″ hembra
Bridge: spalted maple with turquoise and lapis inlay
Skins: 1mm horse on macho, 1.7mm steer on hembra
Hardware: 304 stainless steel, half round moderna crown
Weight: 11 lbs
Upgraded The Skins
We recently upgraded the skins on these JCR bongos to 1mm horse on the macho and 1.5mm Middle Eastern steer on the hembra for a good friend and customer in California. These skin types and respective thicknesses provide a lovely contrast between the bright resonant crack of the horse and deep throaty punch of the steer.
PreMounted™ Middle Eastern Steer Skin For LP 11″ Quinto With Extended Collar (Z) Crown
This PreMounted™ Middle Eastern Steer Skin For LP 11″ Quinto With Extended Collar (Z) Crown is 1.8mm thick (sweet spot). The sound is warm and classic with crisp slaps, round open tones, rich bass and controlled overtones. The playing surface is very smooth and consistent. This is our shop favorite!
Exciting New Tropical Hardwood
Manito writes, “Got some exciting new tropical hardwood pieces in the house!! These pieces came from a tree in south Florida that was knocked down in a storm many years ago. I got them from a fellow professional wood turner who has since retired and never used them. Now it’s time to turn them into a beautiful set of bongos!
Can you guess what type of wood it is? The first person to correctly identify the type of wood will win one of our Conga T-Shirts!!”