Wooden Conga

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I’ve been playing percussion for years (though I’m an absolute amateur) and more than anything I love playing on wooden drums.  This includes everything from Cajons to tables.  A company called Fat Conga makes a beautiful wooden drum with a tone like a Conga.  I decided to make my own version.  One of the critical components is the wood used for the head: it should be aircraft grade plywood.  The result was better than expected (though neither the sound quality nor playing quality do it justice).

In collaboration with Sebastian Parker.

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