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    Re: Conga shell question

    just want to echo BongoBro good heads, properly tuned can make all the difference. Bongobro, what weight heads are you using?
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    Re: Conga shell question

    Joe,
    I would sand the rim smooth. On all the drums I build, I sand the playing rim smooth to 400 grit. I also apply, 4 coats of a polyurethane finish. Then just before I mount new skins, I melt wax...
  3. Re: Vintage Conga question - straighten me out!

    Single-ply,
    great find. I have a vintage set of Valje with the quinto out of round and cannot really hear any problems with it. The main issue will be in how high you can tension the head. The drum...
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    Re: Which conga head?

    I have used both Fiberskyn and Nuskyn heads. Not on congas but Djembes and ashikos. The Fiberskyn are brighter and seems to be more responsive. The Nuskyn have fever overtones and seem to want an...
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    Re: Mics for congas, bongos

    Here are some condenser choice:
    Shure Beta 98H/C, Beta 98AMP, and the Beta 98A
    Audix Micro-D is another
    Audix F-90
    AKG C 418 is another choice

    there are some good dynamic mic choices as well....
  6. Re: New LP Matador bongos -a tuning problem cured

    it is not unusual for a natural hide to stick to a drum shell even if the the finish is completely dry and the the bearing edge has been waxed. (BTW the wax servers two purposes: one to lubricate...
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    Re: New piece for mallet duo and electronics

    incredible interplay
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    Re: teach me about goat skin thickness.

    Sir Doh,
    I would consider a .o16inch skin a medium.
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    Re: teach me about goat skin thickness.

    explain?
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    Re: teach me about goat skin thickness.

    Sir Doh, generally speaking the thinner the goat skin the more harmonics it will have. There will be fewer harmonics in a thick skin and the sound will seem more bassey. Unless the hide is milled...
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    Stern's Rawhide

    Has anyone used the skins from Stern's? I am most interested in the calf and goat skins.
  12. Re: wireless system for percussion?( arabic tabla)

    The pick up pattern of the mic is more important then the electronics re: feedback control. The tighter the pattern the better the control. Look for a mic with a hypercardioil pattern. Condenser...
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    Re: Best Small Bass Drum

    Not having done it myself but I would build a cradle to hold the frame drum. the cradle should have a lip for the bass drum pedal to attach to. I would think the more difficult part would be to...
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    Re: Best Small Bass Drum

    you could try a 22 or bigger frame drum. These can even be setup with a pedal.
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    Re: synthetic vs natural heads

    I agree Tim, skins make an incredible difference. I am trying a calf skin on a 13.5 by 26 djembe. Can't wait until it is finished to play it.
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    Re: synthetic vs natural heads

    BongoBro, the shells are all made of Vertical Grain Pine. the Pine is harvested high in the mountains and has an extremely tight grain pattern. All three are identical in size and build and were made...
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    Re: synthetic vs natural heads

    BTW, these are small ashikos--9X18. I will be doing the same project with 13x25 inch djembes
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    Re: synthetic vs natural heads

    Another reason I made the synthetic headed drums was for the ease of care, particularly around the campfire, parties, jams, etc; however, I do find the sound a little disappointing.
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    synthetic vs natural heads

    I think this has been discussed before; What is your opinion between synthetic vs natural drum heads?
    I have been curious for awhile so I tried an experiment. I built three small ashikos, all the...
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    Re: Beer Crate Cajon

    too funny
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    Re: Odd and interesting instruments

    another Nicolas Leroy on the Bugarabu

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fbvTJILhbw
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    Re: Cajon Lessons for Beginners?

    You may like Heidi Joubert on YouTube
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    Re: Cajon Lessons for Beginners?

    Violet, try looking up Jen Lowe on YouTube. Here is a link to one of her vids:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm11EyoOP4g
  24. Re: Does anyone have Congas with an Alma inside?

    agreed
    happy drumming
  25. Re: Does anyone have Congas with an Alma inside?

    Thanks for sending the picture. My guess, and it is only a guess, is that the alma is not going to interfer with the sound. It appears to be below the bearing edge. I can't see that the skin would...
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