LP BONGOS

What's the origin... when, where... history and evolution of this instrument.

Postby OLSONGO » Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:36 am

Is someone here knowledgable of LP Bongos and the different generations, I am going to be getting rid of a pair and i need to be accurate with the info.

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Postby ABAKUA » Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:54 am

What do you need to know brother?

Ive been performing on, selling and maintaining LP products for many years...

Maybe the info you seek is under one of the models found by clicking here:

http://www.lpmusic.com/Product_Showcase/Bongos/index.html

If not, let me know. :)




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Postby OLSONGO » Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:15 am

Abakua , bro thanks for the link, but I noticed that the bongos that I have are similar to the generation III , but the turned design on the shell is quite different, also the copper logo plate says;
Palisades Park, New Jersey. Take a look at the pic.
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Postby ABAKUA » Sun Jun 18, 2006 2:05 pm

Those are some very old bongos! Piece of history right there my friend. Quite rare these days, especially in good condition.
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Postby OLSONGO » Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:15 pm

Yes, they are in good condition; bought them in 88" from a boricua, he stained them a dark brown, but man are they heavy.
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Postby caballoballo » Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:39 pm

Songo,those are really Vintage Lp Bongos,I use to have one of those and made at the same place. If I was you,I would not sell them. Those will not compare with the mass produce stuff made in Asia,I mean they are better in every aspect. I wish I have room for another but 3 are too many.
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Postby pcastag » Mon Jun 19, 2006 7:22 pm

Yeah, I've got some from NJ too, they used north american oak back then, much better than the rubber wood they use today. I've also got some NJ timbales, the metal was thicker back then , as were the cowbells. I guess you can start to qualify the old NJ lps as vintage, although they don't command any kind of vintage price on e-bay.
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Postby OLSONGO » Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:30 am

Well let me tell you guys I just picked up a pair no name, no idea of who made them, but most likely China,they have the same design as the vintage LP's ( I guess, Is Ok to copy, if the design is discontinued. ) Anyways they are made out of Mahogany, a very tonal wood, the hardware is on the light side; which I have replaced, put some mica ( x-ray film ) on the macho and on the hembra some raw hide I picked up in Colombia , and bros they sound sweet and are light due to the Mahogany. And there seem to be a bunch floating around.

Here's a pic before putting on the raw hide.

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Postby Raymond » Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:23 pm

My understanding is that the current Matadors are made lin th same style ike the old 70s LP. The Generation II and III were made in the 80s. (Generation III has a 9 inch hembra...only difference with Generation II). The only thing I could say about them is that they are more "conical" and their projection is great. Definitively, the wood used now is cheaper and less heavy.

Old LPs are keepers for collectors...

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Postby OLSONGO » Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:15 pm

Keep in mind if the wood is light it doesn't necessarily mean it is bad, again there is a Mahogany and other woods that are used to make guitars , violins, etc; because of their tonal quality, and are very light. The thing to look for is craftsmanship, and good heads.

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Postby OneDrumBum » Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:48 pm

Hey Olsongo,
How does that X-ray film sound, Feel and play? I have some and wondered about putting it on my bongos. I originaly intended to use them for my Doumbeck. Let me know.
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Postby OLSONGO » Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:45 pm

It sounds nice, and it stays in tune. without having to constantly
use the wrench.
check it out, have fun putting the film on. If you don't like it , you can always go back to the raw hide.

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Postby twinsbongo » Fri Jan 19, 2007 5:01 am

let me know how much for that set of bongos. iam very intereted on buying those.
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