What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby Mike » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:52 am

After having replaced the "sea elephant" with something
thinner, the tumba is great:
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Not to mention it was a picknick to mount the thinner hide
compared to fighting the beast you can see in the first picture here... :lol:
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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby Thebreeze » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:30 pm

Well, I think I have a great candidate to post here.. It is a head I removed from a 9 inch, Yes, that is correct, a 9 inch Requinto. As you can see from the pics, the edge of the skin is approximately 1/4" thick, and on the underneath side it appears as if someone took a sharp instrument and sliced into it in several locations. The skin is so thick that this did not affect the playing surface. I had Manito make me a new Flesh hoop and I will be mounting a skin from Jaisen in the next few days or so.
p.s... The bearing edge on this head is so hard I could probably kill someone with it. haha.

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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby rhythmrhyme » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:02 pm

Nice one TheBreeze :shock:

Here's a pic of the head that came on my isla requinto - just shy of a 1/4 inch as well. After reading this thread, I'm thinking the drum may have a better voice with a thinner I haven't discovered yet. I'll need another flesh hoop though as I don't want to waste this head in case I'm wrong.
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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby Thebreeze » Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:37 pm

I am not reusing the existing flesh hoop either, but mainly because mine does not have a uniform fit around the crown. I think the original flesh hoop that is currently in the skin is too small. The one I just got from Manito is perfect in size as per my measurements I sent him. Another thing I was a little worried about is stressing the bearing edge with that thick skin.
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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby conganalu » Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:23 am

Hey Breeze,

I think I recognize that head from the requinto :D Let me know once you've put the new skins on the requinto. I want to hear it :P
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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby Thebreeze » Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:18 am

I will keep you posted conganalu. I think I could still use that head as a Hembra for some Bongos?? haha.
I'll let you know how the new head sounds. The funny thing about the old head is that as thick as it is it sounded really good, nice easy pops, and very dry . If I can get a new thinner skin to sound as nice as this thick one does I will be a " Happy Camper".
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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby Mike » Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:21 am

Thebreeze wrote:Well, I think I have a great candidate to post here.. It is a head I removed from a 9 inch, Yes, that is correct, a 9 inch Requinto. As you can see from the pics, the edge of the skin is approximately 1/4" thick, and on the underneath side it appears as if someone took a sharp instrument and sliced into it in several locations. The skin is so thick that this did not affect the playing surface. I had Manito make me a new Flesh hoop and I will be mounting a skin from Jaisen in the next few days or so.
p.s... The bearing edge on this head is so hard I could probably kill someone with it. haha.


Whoa, that is a candidate for sure :shock:

Reminds me of the thick 5.5mm (almost 1/4") original mule skin I had on my Delaporte 9.75" Superquinto, that skins was playable alright, but too thick for my liking.
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The slaps really hurt though, so that is why I replaced it with a 3.5mm polymer cow skin a while ago, by Banux,
the best thing you can do: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=3336&p=78656&hilit=banux#p78656
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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby congalou » Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:48 am

Hey Mike !

Yes, the skin I put on that quinto was the thickest I have ever put on a drum.. around 8 to 10mm thick...

Honestly, I think it's too much, it's very stressfull for the drum.

Good stuff : natural slap, mat and short sound (if you like that).

Not good stuff : short sound (if you don't like), pretty hard to play.
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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby Thebreeze » Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:43 pm

congalou,,,that skin is so thick that there is no definition at all to the bearing edge. I guess more is not always good.
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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby Mike » Wed May 01, 2013 5:11 am

congalou wrote:Hey Mike !

Yes, the skin I put on that quinto was the thickest I have ever put on a drum.. around 8 to 10mm thick...

Honestly, I think it's too much, it's very stressfull for the drum.

Good stuff : natural slap, mat and short sound (if you like that).

Not good stuff : short sound (if you don't like), pretty hard to play.


Gosh, what a funky skin :shock:
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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby Thebreeze » Mon May 13, 2013 1:43 am

I found a good use for the thick skin I took off that drum I have.

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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby Mike » Mon May 13, 2013 3:06 am

If you live in a sunny and dry climate, that is fine,
but I would not want to imagine what that skin looks
and smells like after a long andwet winter outside...
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Re: What is the thickest skin you ever put on a conga?

Postby Thebreeze » Mon May 13, 2013 4:22 am

It was done as a joke. I only did it to take the picture. I will soon have a new skin on it. I just recieved some from Jaisen and the one going on the 9" requinto is about 2.5 mm. I think it will work perfect.
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