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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.
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