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Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Mike » Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:09 am

It´s been a while since my last post which originally was meant to be the last post on this forum.
But things change...

My mother passed away three months ago.
My kids are grown-ups now, need money for school and studies.
Consequently I sold a lot of stuff, also the Delaporte congas.

So time after time my setup changed too.
The tumbadoras which I have kept are 1970s Gon Bops Mahogany International and 1980s Natal Fiberglass.

And as the financial situation has made it possible, I decided to invest in a trio of Reiche mahogany congas which my deceased mum would have liked, as she raised and fostered my love for music and spiritual awareness as well as supported me mentally and also financially in the instruments that can convey that musical passion.

The drums are currently still in the making, but here is a little glimpse into how they are going to look like:

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Jost Reiche is one of the very few drum makers over here - and in my opinion the best! 8)
Just wanted to share my anticipation with you here. :D
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Juaort » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:14 pm

Nice Drum Mike!! Is that an 8 lug?
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Juaort » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:16 pm

Sorry to hear about your Mom bro! That’s a tuff thing to go through. My condolences.

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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Mike » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:35 pm

@Juaort
Thanks for both your understanding and your question: Yes, those congas feature a lot of lugs
which makes even or even super-even fine tuning possible.
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Juaort » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:49 pm

That’s awesome. I recently got my first pair of LP Palisades Park Congas. Always wanted a set. Outside of replacing the Tumba’s Rim, their in great shape. At some point they added a LP matador rim on the tumba. Already ordered an LP one, plus I’m upgrading to super nuts and adding the rubber bumpers.
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Chtimulato » Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:34 pm

Hello Mike.
Sorry for your mom, and welcome back here.

I never played Reiche "in real life", but from what I know, they seem to be very good intruments, for very correct prices. I browsed the Reiche Trommelbau website several times, and promised myself to drive there one day to try them.
Edit : I just had a look at it, and it seems it's too late now, the site has been updated, and they now only offer what they call "congapads". No more congas.
At any case, the "Produkte" tab only displays their new Congapads.
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Mike » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:22 pm

Cheers, Chtimulato,
but no worries, I phoned Jost Reiche and he said
the website had a bug or something.
You can still order via e-mail or phone , as I did.
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Juaort » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:27 pm

Mike, just curious. What would a set of Conga and Tumba run for more or less?
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Mike » Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:24 am

You are looking into about 400€ per drum.
Here is a video clip of them being played by a pro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5aVu6JOU4k
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby KKonga » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:40 am

Hi Mike,
I didn’t think Riche was making congas anymore.
The last time I wrote Jost he said he was going in another direction.
The photo looks like a great instrument. I have a set from years ago and am impressed with the quality.
Do they have a new website?
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Mike » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:26 am

KKonga, I think he can still make congas, otherwise he would not have been able to sell me a set ;)
If he is still generally producing or only only on request I do not know. His current website show only those pads and no congas, you are right there.
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Juaort » Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:50 am

Mike, just saw that YouTube clip. The Congas sound amazing. Have fun with those.
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Mike » Wed May 22, 2019 4:34 pm

Well, they arrived yesterday, and thanks, I am having fun with these babies right now: :D 8)

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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Chtimulato » Thu May 23, 2019 2:59 pm

Congratulations ! :D
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Re: Back in the game - with new Congas!

Postby Juaort » Fri May 24, 2019 4:51 pm

Wow! Very impressive! Enjoy Mike.
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