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.
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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 …
I recently went to the studios of Peter Musser in Petaluma, California to see what exactly he was up to and I was blown away by the incredible drums he is making! Anyone considering an “artisan” conga, a conga drum or set of congas from an individual craftsman, should definitely check out Peter’s work.
Here is an interview I did with him:
The best way to make our drums sound better, be it conga or djembe drum, is to play better. That means practicing and learning. I am constantly working on my tones, slap and bass. I watch other people play, take lessons and watch Youtube videos as well. For me, it is a never ending learning process of trying to perfect my playing technique. And no matter how long we play, we can always learn something new, I don’t care who you are. Even the greats can learn something from someone else. Besides improving our personal playing technique, the next best way to improve the sound of your drum is to change the skin. Often, skins are either mismatched for our playing style, for where we play the drums (band, studio, …
Here is a list of skin suppliers. I am sure there are some other suppliers but this will give you a great start if you are looking for some new skins for your conga drums or djembe drums. If you have any suppliers you would like to add please let me know and I will add them to the list here.
Este fue elaborado por un tipo llamado James en el foro conga. Gracias James.
Estoy seguro de que hay algunos otros proveedores, pero esto le dará un buen comienzo si usted está buscando algunos nuevos skins para sus congas o tambores djembe. Si usted tiene cualquiera de los proveedores que le gustaría agregar por favor hágamelo saber y voy a agregar a la lista aquí.
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”.