Vintage Latin Mahogany Bongo from Cuba, restored to near new. 6" Macho, 7.5" Hembra
extremely rare and Vintage set of Mahogany Cuban Sonoc Bongo of the
highest order. I believe the set was made in the early 1950's. Perhaps
just before the world tour in 1954.
Amazingly, it has an inventory label from a tour with the great Cuban singer Benny More'
This set has most likely had an unbelievable life, touring the world
with Benny More', with one of the worlds top Latin band of the time, La
Banda Gigante, on one or both huge world tours in the mid 50's. .. what this set has seen!
The set was purchased from a one of the top Latin percussion historians
Dario Rosendo, from the bongocero named Claro of the World famous Cuban band Ritmo
The set is quite amazing. It is made of the extinct
Tree, and famed Cuban drum wood, Caoba that is still prized today for
its legendary sound.
It sounds as beautiful as it looks. And it
plays so nice seated. A medium weight Mahogany, not like the lighter
Mahogany from Asia, more like walnut density. The hardware is strong,
solid, and is efficient, in that its not over built. really the best
design for a seated player.
It needed restoration, but was in really good shape for how much it was played. And it had this funky 50's circus influenced paint job.. quite a piece.
I can see it up on stage under the big lights.
I restored the set to nearly new condition, with new high end kip skins. The set looks and plays
amazingly, tunes nicely and is very well built.
The sound is so
sweet, in the pocket, crisp and throaty with a
woody love handle. The set has a lot of projection, and a crisp high
end that makes your Martillo sharp, with fat, woody projection from the
I can see why it was played by the best of the best players of the 50's-70's.
set has a tour inventory tag on the inside, the kind I have seen
before, common on tours with huge bands, flying to different countries
and having instruments professionally moved from one tour location to
So, this set, after going literally around the world
playing huge gigs with Benny More', the biggest Latin act in the world
at the time, it gets passed on to this amazingly fat Ritmo Oriental, one
of the top Cuban bands of the time. What a life.
The set is up for sale at the moment: Here is the Ebay address:
In Memoriam: Milton Cardona 1944 - 2014
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