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The Conga is a drum that is the synthesis of African and Cuban musical styles, tastes and history. The conga's rich and natural tone blends beautiful with most any instrument. It is a very diverse drum in that works with all forms of music and is possible the best of all drums to combo with. Yet congas are most commonly used in Cuban and Latin music, African music, Blues, Rock 'n Roll and various forms of Jazz, including Latin-Jazz and Be Bop.
The conga head typically comes in three sizes, Quinto (sm.), Conga, (medium) Tumbadora or Tumba (Lg.). The diameters of style and manufacturer may vary slightly but typically the quinto conga has a diameter of 11", the Conga 11 3/4 and the tumba, 12 1/2". Sometimes the Quinto may be as little as a 10" head, as with the LP® Aspire series. LP® also makes a Requinto, which has a head of 9 3/4"; and a Caribe, which has a head of 9".
Most commonly, the conga shell comes in sizes ranging from 28" to 32" in height.
Congas have metal rims with metal tuning hardware and wooden (various woods) or fiberglass shells. The traditional Cuban Conga was made from olive barrels or steam-bent staves of wood glued together with a calf or buffalo head tacked to it, but now congas are made from various woods and fiberglass.
Congas for Sale
LP Congas - Premium Congas
Matador Congas - Advanced & Intermediate Congas
Aspire Congas - Intermediate & Beginner Congas
CP Congas - Advanced Mini Congas