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Cow Skins

Medium-light & Medium cut-round cow skins for congas, Jr Congas, Taiko drums, tamboras, batas & other hand drums

Estimated delivery time: 1 - 2 weeks

Skin Size & Thickness Selection (price includes shipping in the continental U.S.)

Cowhide heads  Cowhide head Cow skins drum heads Cow skins

Reviews: This is my second purchase from Greg at Artdrum.com (a Brazilian timbau drum first time and now a flat conga skin) and I am absolutely impressed and grateful for his guidance and conscientious care of his customers.  Professional, quick to return an answer or feedback, and very well informed about the products that he sells. I am glad I've found Artdrum.com and I will be returning to buy more drums as well as lots more skins since the new cow head I just got has made my old fiberglass Patato requinto sound better than it ever has. I highly recommend this to my musician friends! -Jesse, Port Townsend, WA 9/15

I have bought nine (9) skins from Artdrum over the years. I keep coming back because of the quality of the skins and their help, whether discussing what kind of skin to get (cow, steer, bleached, horse) or measuring the rims for a flesh hoop; he is there from beginning to end.  ~J.C., IL, USA, 1/15

Shipping: USPS or FedEx; the tracking # will be emailed to you

Estimated delivery time: 1 - 2 weeks

Shipping: USPS or FedEx; the tracking # will be emailed to you 

Color: Animal skins are a natural product; each one is unique, so the color & look of a given skin may vary to some degree from the skins in the above photos.

Cow Skin Thickness Options:

Medium-light: approximately 1.30 - 1.75 mm

Medium: approximately 1.75 - 2.2 mm

Description:  Each cow skin is pre-cut and ready to be soaked & mounted on a conga or other drum.  Our cow skins are popular on congas & Taiko drums.  And they also sound great on batas & tamboras & other hand drums for which you want a woody & mellow timbre. 

Drums for Cow Skins: Our Medium-light cow skins are ideal for Jr Congas , the Caribe Conga, some requintos, small heads on batas & the like.  Our Medium cow skins are great for requintos, quintos, congas, tumbas, super tumbas, taiko drums, tamboras & large bata heads on medium & large batas.

Sound Quality: Medium-light skins produce sharp slaps & have a brighter timbre than Medium skins.  Medium-light also respond quickly & vibrate well, which makes them excellent for drums with smaller heads, such as the Jr congas, Caribe congas, small batas & the like.  Medium skins also produce sharp slaps, but are richer sounding than medium-light.  Medium skins produce a deeper bass and overall they are warmer, woodier & mellower than medium-light.

Skin/Head Size Chart

Cow Size

Head Size (diameter of top of shell, outside to outside)

16" Skin

8 - 8.75" Head

17" Skin 9 - 9.5" Head

18" Skin

9.75 - 10" Head

19" Skin 10.5 - 11" Head

20" Skin

11.25 - 12" Head

22" Skin

12.25 - 13.75" Head

24" Skin

14 - 15.75" Head

26" Skin

16 - 17" Head

28" Skin

17.25 - 20" Head

30" Skin

20.25 - 23" Head

drum head - conga head - Cow - cowhide



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