Sometimes an idea can seem totally revolutionary, and yet at the same time seem so obvious that you wonder why it wasn't done sooner. Such is the case with LP's new patent pending, LP Series Top-Tuning Congas.
The idea is indeed simple: Create a system that allows a conga drum to be tuned from the top, without having to turn the drum, or remove it from its stand. Some traditionalists may question the idea, but most congueros will immediately recognize the advantages it offers—especially in live situations. Immediate access to all tension bolts will eliminate situations where only the nearest bolts can be tensioned easily in a hurry—situations that result in uneven tuning.
With top tuning, the player can access every tension bolt quickly and easily in order to tune the head evenly for a good fundamental pitch. LP's Top-Tuning system (patent pending) makes changing heads a breeze. Loosen the tuning bolts and simply lift the head and rim. No need to unhook lugs, deal with washers and nuts falling to the ground.
The LP Series Top-Tuning Congas feature 30" tall Siam Oak shells in 11", 11-34", and 12-12" diameters with natural rawhide heads. They're fitted with specially modified Comfort Curve II steel rims to which are welded unique "ears" that allow access to the top of each tuning bolt. These ears are thematically designed in a V shape that echoes the shape of LP's heavy-duty steel side plates. They're also carefully recessed below the level of the Comfort Curve II rims to ensure hand comfort and extended playability.
In addition, the new system provides a direct pull on each tension bolt, eliminating the "bend" that often occurs with hooked tension bolts. And to make things even easier, the tuning bolts are fitted with hex heads that can be turned with a standard socket available in any hardware store (just in case the included tension wrench is ever misplaced).
When it comes to sonic performance and construction quality, LP congas have been the industry standard for generations. Now that standard has been raised significantly with LP's revolutionary Top-Tuning system. Check out the LP Series Top-Tuning Congas today, and get on top of your game!
LP Top Tuning Classic 11" Quinto, $649.
LP Top Tuning Classic 11-3/4" Conga, $669
LP Top Tuning Classic 12-1/2" Tumba, $699.