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Conga Maintenance

Conga Maintenance

Conga drums are quite strong and stable and do not normally require a lot of maintenance. Conga heads are usually made of cowhide or water buffalo hide and are quite thick and strong. Mule hide is said to be the best natural material for conga heads, and is also quite thick and strong.

For this reason and the relatively low head tension used to tune the drums, conga drums, unlike bongos, do not usually need to be de-tuned after use unless you plan to put them in long-term storage. However, if you have tuned the heads up a lot due to damp weather, you should probably de-tune them afterwards so they won't be damaged if the weather suddenly turns hot and dry


(c) Brent Phillips 2002


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