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      The conga drum is the classic drum of Latin music which has spread throughout the world.  It was originally made from the trunk of a tree in the Congo in Africa and was brought to Cuba by the Bantu people during the slave trade.  The difficulty of hollowing the logs led to the reshaping of mollases barrels to produce the form we know today. SHELL: The shell is 32" tall with head diameters of 11", 12" and 13 1/2". It is built of mohogany staves cut in sucha way that there is no tendency to warp or twist.  This ensures that the drum will stay together.  The proportions of the conga drum are traditional and differ from commercially available conga drums both in shape and tone quality.  This produces a stronger, more resonant bass tone as well as a sustained, vibrant song tone and crisp slap.  The shell is smoothed and finished with four coats of polyurethane varnish.

HEAD: The head is a select fresh cow hide that has been de-haired but not cured.

TUNING: The head is tensioned to the correct pitch by a traditional roping technique which can be adjusted when necessary.