Here is the story and photos of some new and very creative work by drummer and artisan Ryan Manito Wendel. (with the help of mother nature herself). These drums are not finished yet and will have traditional style stainless steel hardware. For those of you unfamiliar with Manito Percussion, Ryan is one of the few drum makers who produces solid shell one piece, conga drums and bongos and in the near future cajons. These drums come from a log vs “normal’ congas which are made from staves or pieces of wood glued together. The tree drums shown here are made from an exotic american hardwood called Rainbow Poplar. All the colors you see occur naturally. There are actually blues and purples in the wood! As you can see in the …
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If you are in the market for a djembe drum you are faced with a huge variety of choices. There are djembes made in Africa, Bali and many different parts of the world. So what is the best djembe for you, for your needs and where do you get it? Which djembe drum should you buy? I recommend a professional top level djembe. Get the best possible drum you can afford and do not buy it on eBay.
Who makes the best top quality high end professional Bongos? In my opinion it is almost always the smaller companies where there is one person in charge, personal attention to detail is foremost and the goal of the artist is more about making a solid great sounding instrument then being a mass marketed production line product manufactured in Thailand.
I recently got a hold of a Gon Bops Shekere as I was traveling and needed something very durable to withstand the rigors of my lifestyle. I would like to note that I also make Shekeres myself, but I always use hard shell gourds. The problem is that for me, gourds and traveling about do not mix well. This is because gourds crack and break easily. If you toss one in the air (a move advanced players use a lot) or hit it with your knee (another move) and miss the correct part of the gourd you can crack your gourd so to speak.
This is a demonstration and sound test of my 4 new Spirit In The Wood conga drums made by Conrad Kubiak in Pennsylavania from solid logs. These are on piece drums (shells) all made from the same tree. The type of wood used is called “Figured Ash”.
It is amazing how few reviews there are on conga drums out there new or used. And many people think that the best drums made are from the major manufacturers such as L.P., Mienl, Toca and such. So today we will show you some solid alternatives that I am sure you will find eye opening and at the very least beautiful and interesting as well.