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Which is more melodic, Galaxy Congas or Patato Congas?

The Galaxies are more melodic.  And the reason is not because of the tone of the drums, but because the Galaxies include four different size congas.  Both the Galaxy & Patato congas have beautiful tones & are great to play.  But having four drums of different size makes a clear difference when making melody.  this also impacts & gives more options for harmony.  So, as a set, the Galaxies are more melodic.  (And more harmonic.) 

Now, if you're comparing just one Patato to one Galaxy, then it's a matter of personal preference. Both models really do sound beautiful & actually the sound/tone/timbre of both are very similar because they both have a bright timbre because of their fiberglass shells.  Still the Galaxy congas have a slightly, though observably, dryer & warmer timbre than the Patatos.  When you compare the two you can hear it.  Also, both have clearly brighter tones than wood conga.

Below are videos of both the Patato & Galaxy Congas.

First, here's a video that shows the brightness of Patato Congas with Patato himself playing! Ironically, Patato is playing 4, congas! But none are a 9.75" like the Galaxy requinto.  (The Patato sizes are 11, 11.75 & 12.5".  And the Galaxy sizes are 9.75, 11, 11.75 & 12.5".)

The next video shows the slightly dryer & warmer tone (timbre) of Galaxy fiberglass congas.  Although there's only two Galaxy congas in this video it still gives a true sense of the Galaxy timbre. 

The main reason for the difference in timbre between the Galaxy & Patato congas is, I believe, is created by the Kevlar lining on the inside of the Galaxy conga shell.

In sum, as a conga set the Galaxies give a player more melodic & harmonic options because of their four different sizes.  As individual congas it's more of a matter personal preference.  Both are considered to have bright timbres, but the Patato is slightly brighter & the Galaxies slightly dryer & warmer.  Both models are beautiful, fun & easy to play because of LP's great design, rim & responsiveness of the fiberglass shells.

-GH, Artdrum.com

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