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How to Measure Bongo & Conga Heads

Conga head measuring

Q: How do I measure & determine the size for bongo & conga heads?

A. Measure the diameter of the top of the bongo or conga shell.  Note: The top of the shell is called the bearing edge.  The bearing edge is about 1/4" thick.  So, measure the shell diameter from middle of the bearing edge to the middle of the bearing edge. (This is how Toca & LP conga & bongos measure their drums; other companies may measure slightly differently, such as from the outside edge of the shell to the outside edge.)

Sometimes bongo & conga shells are cut a little short from the advertised size.  For instance, a so-called 11.75" conga may actually measure 11.25".  This is normal.

Click thumbnail to see a measurement of the head; in this pic the conga head measures 11.5":

Conga head measuring

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