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Horse Hide for Bongos & Hand Drums

Premium Horse Skins: Pre-cut Circular Horse Skins great for Bongos, Jr Congas, Djembes, Doumbeks & Hand Drums with Thin Skins

Horse Skin Selection (price includes shipping in the continental U.S.)

Horse Skin Bongo Head

Skin Material: Horse hide

Description: Each horsehide is pre-cut and ready to be mounted on a bongo or other drum. 

Thickness of a Horse Hide: .4 mm to about 1.80 mm (NOTE: 4 pieces of printer paper is about .42 mm thick; 9 pieces of printer paper is about 1 mm thick; dime is 1.32 mm thick; a penny is 1.55 mm thick; a quarter is 1.75 mm thick; and a nickel is 1.95 mm.)

Thickness of our Horse Skins: Typically, we cut the smallest skins (10 & 12") from the thinnest part of the hide; the largest skins (19 - 22") from the thickest part of he hide; & the medium skins (14 - 18") from the medium part of the hide.  For bongo skins we typically select the skin for the macho head to be thinner & the skin for the hembra a little thicker.

Skin / Head Size Chart

Horse Skin Size Drum Head Size Type of Drum Skin Size & Thickness is Commonly Used for Approximate Thickness of Skin
10" Skin 5" or smaller Head Bongo, extra small macho; Frame Drum, small 0.4 - 0.6 mm
12" Skin 5.25 - 7.25" Head Bongo, macho; Doumbek, small; Frame Drum, small 0.4 - 0.6 mm
14" Skin 7.5" - 8.5 Head Bongo, hembra; Doumbek, small; Frame Drum 0.5 - 0.9 mm*
16" Skin 8.75 - 9" Head Bongo, hembra; Doumbek; Bata; Frame Drum 0.7 - 1.0 mm*
18" Skin 9.25 - 10" Head Djembe; Jr Conga; Bata; Frame Drum 0.8 - 1.3 mm*
19" Skin 10.25 - 11" Head Jr Congas; Djembes; Bata; Frame Drum 1.3 - 1.7 mm*; or
1.6 -  1.8 mm
20" Skin 11.25 - 11.75" Head Djembes; Conga (if skin is 1.75 mm or thicker) 1.3 - 1.7 mm*; or
1.6 -  1.8 mm
22" Skin 12 - 13.5" Head Djembes; Conga or Tumba (if skin is 1.75 mm or thicker) 1.6 - 1.8 mm

*Thinner than this thickness is available upon request

Delivery: typically arrives in 3 - 7 shipping days; shipped by USPS or FedEx; the tracking # will be emailed to you when your order is shipped.

Horse Skin Selection (price includes shipping in the continental U.S.)

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