Gon Bops?

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Postby agogobil » Sat Nov 09, 2002 11:14 pm

What gives Gon Bops their distinctive sound?
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Postby agogobil » Sat Nov 09, 2002 11:25 pm

and has anyone ordered skins from them?

http://www.gonbops.com/GB-HeadPriceList.htm

thanks again.
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Postby carlitos » Sun Nov 10, 2002 8:40 am

what kind do you have. How do you like them. :)
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Postby 120decibels » Mon Nov 11, 2002 2:06 pm

I believe that there are four things that give gon bops their unique sound:

Shape -- The drums have a characterisically cuban shape
Materials -- Good wood and, on the older models, good hardware
Craftsmanship -- again on the models that were created before gon bops fell on hard times
Heads -- Cow hide and mule heads are far superior to water buffalo.
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Postby agogobil » Mon Nov 11, 2002 4:28 pm

I got my conga and tumba new in the late '70's (serial #'s has a 76 in them) ... they are not GonBop's top of the line - IC3000 and IT3000.

I like their tone ... not as crisp as the LP Classics, but I guess that would be the difference in the heads.

The conga is slightly out of round, and I had to retighten the metal bands on both drums. There are slight splits in the staves on both drums.
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Postby carlitos » Tue Nov 12, 2002 10:09 am

I got mine in the early 80's and bought the top of the line with international hardware. They sound great I just wish I would have bought a whole set instead of just two. I also wish I would have dedicated more time to playing but hey it's here and now.
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