CongaDr+ Tony's Conga Adventures: Conga skins for Edgardo Cambon of Candela

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Conga skins for Edgardo Cambon of Candela

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Friend and fellow Congero Edgardo Cambon, singer and band leader of Candella, dropped by to have me mount a horse skin he brought from Uruguay on his tumba to see how it might sound.

After all was said and done, we both recognized the near trash can sound as perfect for some Comparsa drums from his country. Just so happens, he has just such a drum we are going to skin with this hide, as it's just too ringy for a salsa tumba.

Thin horse is the sweet for the Macho of a bongo, and was the skin of choice back in the day. Akbar, formerly head of Sol Percussion, would skin his bongo with Horse, I believe, which gave them a signature sound. It is really durable, like mule, for the macho, sounds great, and lasts a long time.

In the end, Cow will be a better choice for this drum, and we should have the set of three in good shape here shortly.

Great to have the trust of such great players. I feel proud to be the cat they bring their favorite instruments to.

Check out Edgardo's latest recording.. a truly professional project:

Edardo Cambon and Candela