Ryan ‘Manito’ Wendel has been in deep research mode and now has in stock some amazing skins including cow, steer mule and even camel for your congas and bongos in a variety of thickness and sizes that are just as nice. For a limited time he is offering them at a discount for all my readers and friends. All you have to do is to please mention code “007” when ordering through him directly on the phone/email/facebook him or in the coupon code window when ordering through his site. www.manitopercussion.com
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Sol Percussion by legendary drum artisan Akbar is finally back. He is now up and running with new and improved products including hand made bongos and cajons from a variety of local and exotic hardwoods. Congas will be following shortly. Akbar Moghaddam not only manufactured Sol in the past he also owned Valje and redesigned the current Gon Bops models. I just ordered and bought a new set of the new Sol bongos in oak and they should be arriving shortly so I will have a full test here and also a comparison with Manito Percussion and L.P. Valje of yesteryear.
If you want to be heard at the back of the Salsa club, at home, in a drum circle, at a recording session or a casual jam with your friends, Cocobolo is the wood that cuts through the loudest. Cocobolo is a very dense wood, bright orange to deep red and dark purple, with pronounced grain.
Relief for the toughest demands met by drummers’ hands. Ardub Hand Rub was created to soothe and promote fast healing of sore hands due to hand drumming. As a professional percussionist for over 16 years, Ryan “Manito” Wendel understood the tough demands that must be met by drummers’ hands. After a hot Salsa gig, his hands would be left dried out, swollen and aching. He realized he needed to do something to counteract the effects of two or three hours of non-stop drumming. Several years ago he created Ardub for himself after learning of the beneficial healing properties of Arnica Montana, a naturalized flower found close to him in the Appalachian Mountains. “When used topically… Arnica was found to have the same effect as the use of NSAIDs (ibuprofen) in treating the …
After field testing and working closely with the Drum Factory and Ed Balma in Ubud, Bali for over a year we now have two new beautiful prototype MP Eco Pro wood djembe models ready for the market, a 12 ” and a 13″ (6ocm and 65cm) ! They will be distributed in the USA by X8. It’s been a long and windy road bringing these drums to fruition but here they are.