CongaDr+ Tony's Conga Adventures: Restoration for Maria - 80's SF Valje congas

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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Restoration for Maria - 80's SF Valje congas

Here is a very nice set owned by my good friend Maria. She has been quite an advocate of mine, and a big supporter of the tradition.

The picture includes a LA Valje quinto for comparison.

She has had many a heavy over at here house to play these drums, including Regino Jimenez himself.

They had much use over the years - they needed new skins and a few cracks repaired. We wanted to keep the original patina, so no refinishing this old set.

Another fun project... these tubs, set up with the best sounding skins i could find, are ugly to look at, but really nice sounding. I could have got a matching set of skins for her, but i set them up for a musicians ear, not a dancers eye - as per her request.

They were broken in last night by Sandy Perez and Roman Diaz, cant get any better than that.


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