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The Sol USA Pro Bongo has a pedigree like no other set of bongos. Its roots reach back to one of the first percussion brands made in the USA, and all of the design aspects that contributed to the legendary musicality have been incorporated into our new handmade bongos along with everything else we've learned along the way. If you are familiar with the previous generation of Sol bongos, you will recognize several features: a 7" Macho drum and an 8.5" Hembra - both 6" tall; our signature bearing edge bevel; half-inch, half-round top rings for playing comfort; compact hardware; and solid-stave hardwood construction.
Red oak is standard on these bongos, but we don't buy into the idea that you can have any kind of wood you want as long as it is Red Oak. Quite to the contrary, we at Sol feel that it is time for percussionists to have options. Because we make these drums in the USA and can run smaller batches, we can take advantage of the availability of a variety of great hardwoods. Some may be only available for a limited time so if you are interested, check back regularly or sign up for our product news emails.
Something Completely New
The Sol USA Pro Bongo set has a completely re-designed center block system that sets it apart. Most bongo sets use a 2-bolt, through-and-through center block system that, as it loosens over time, can allow the set to twist. Also, the two-bolt system puts a lot of stress on the drum shells making them susceptible to cracking. Sol's new system sets the center block into the body of the drum and then uses a single, short bolt and set-nut combination on each side to lock it into place. This virtually assures that the set won't twist on you during a performance and greatly reduces the torque required to lock the drums into place. It also assures that the playing surfaces of the two drums are even, level and placed very close together. The net result is better durability, playability, speed and comfort.
Sol's USA Pro Bongos come standard with Remo tucked synthetic heads - valued by pros for their stability and consistent sound when playing live, no matter the location or climate. For a small additional charge, we will hand fit your bongos with traditional rawhide heads. When doing this we use a cowhide head on the Hembra and a horsehide head on the Macho. Valued for their melodic tone and subtle nuance of sound, rawhide heads are more susceptible to the environment. As such, this option is best suited for more critical situations such as the studio or live recording.
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