Holes on congas shell

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Holes on congas shell

Postby congalou » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:12 pm

Hey !

Here is an project I have since a long time, I have never see holes on congas as we have on snare, tom or bass drums..

Have you ever seen that ?

I have try on my last congas.. seems interesting, kind of "little open bottom congas" effect. I don't have a lot of time this week, I will test that better next week.

Maybe the holes have to be on the bottom, more holes, not just one..

I will see, but the concept seems good.

G.
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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby jorge » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:03 pm

What are you trying to accomplish with these holes in your congas?
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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby rhythmrhyme » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:01 am

If you're playing seated I expect the holes would go a long way to increasing the sustain and overall volume of the drum by increasing air movement. Holes in kit drums occur because without them the drum is a sealed unit and sounds very flat.

I'm not so sure it would help if the drum is in a stand, or if I'd want holes in my center drum. I play with the pitch a bit by changing the size of the opening at the bottom when playing seated. I think holes would limit the effect this has.
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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby Gallichio » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:04 am

I understand that the holes on a set of drums is to let the air in and out on a double headed drum. I dont know what function the holes will play on a conga drum. Interesting though. I often wondered what the drum set tone controls would sound like on congas. Has anyone tried this?
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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby rhythmrhyme » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:21 pm

When a conga is played flat on the floor, like when you play seated, it creates a "sealed unit" in a similar manner as a kit drum. Putting a hole in a tone drum that you play flat on the floor should increase the bass response and sustain.
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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby congalou » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:39 pm

So, the result :

Little bit more sustain, the skin is free.
More bass
The tone is more hight pitched

Same stuff that when you let a little space between the floor and the shell.

Rythme, you're right, no effect when you incline the drum, so, not very interesting for the conga, but for the tumba wich stay on the floor, it's interesting.

here it is !!

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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby joaozinho » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:30 pm

It seem a good ideia,but there are small stands that do the same jobs,i said that because is litlle bit strange to make some holes in shell's ,Imo.it hurts me a litlle bit :wink: but I think is very good to find and built some inovations.
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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby skinslapper » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:26 pm

Hallo Congalou
My Ghanaian tribe drums set have to drums with a hole !
the hole in the drum is in my Sogo(most left in picture ) and in my kidi (most right in picture) at 1 cm above the bottom.
Both have closed bottoms . okay it's not a conga , but it got a hole . Don't know if it's any help ?




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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby congalou » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:59 am

Hi Skin slapper !

Thanks for that, I think I will try to make a hole on the bottom as theses drums.

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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby skinslapper » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:37 pm

Hallo Cl
You can see the hole on the kidi , if you want more pics. let me know !

What brand of conga's are these ,and what is the strange finish ?
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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby congalou » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:34 pm

Hi,

Yes, I have see the hole, it's cool to know that some persons have done that. Don't need more photos, thanks !

That's the congas I made, strange finish are epoxy resin super strong and pieces of T-shirt..

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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby skinslapper » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:24 pm

Hey Cl nice you brought this subject up 'cause 4 a while i am thinking of drilling a hole in (one of )my bata .
I have an old beat up one and i might try that . But were to drill ?

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Re: Holes on congas shell

Postby congalou » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:36 am

I don't know. If I had to make a hole on a bata, I should try in the middle. But it's hazardous, kind of risk...

The way I work : follow your instinct !! If it work, it's cool, if it don't, it's sad, but at least, you know !!!

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