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    Favorite Hand Drum?

    So I am mostly a hand drummer and just got this Freestyle Mechanically Tuned Ashiko Drum posted a demo since I could not find much about them. I think it has become my favorite to play at the moment.
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    Toca Freestyle Mechanically Tuned Ashiko Drum Demo

    I gave my SM57 mic to my son so the sound is limited by the TAKSTAR SGC-598 shotgun mic on camera but still this video may be useful if you are considering a Freestyle Mechanically Tuned Ashiko Drum. It is a lightweight (under 8 pounds) versatile drum and fun to play. Has good bass as well as...
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    1992 LP Matador Bongo project.

    Finished up today. Decided not to high polish the aluminum after all. Bought a vintage Snap-On 1/2 wrench to go along with the drum. Turned out ok and sounds good. Tuned up easily no creaking or popping.
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    1992 LP Matador Bongo project.

    Shell sizes Both can be called 1/2 inch thick. The bearing edge is not very precise nor consistent around the circumference. Approx 8" center to center and 8.5" edge to edge Approx 6 9/16" center to center and 7" edge to edge The specs for new Matador bongos = 7-1/4" and 8-5/8"...
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    1992 LP Matador Bongo project.

    before rough 80 grit sanding after
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    1992 LP Matador Bongo project.

    The macho is now 10 grams lighter after rough sanding with 80 grit. Logo is crisp now too. My guess is the hembra is about 15-20 grams lighter so far. The dots on the edge will be covered buy the shell and I wanted even contact around the whole shell so material there was not removed. The...
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    1992 LP Matador Bongo project.

    Happy to see this thread has life, thank you for your contributions. In spite of the difference in logo appearance it is my opinion that these are both original skins due to the fact that they were both stuck to the lacquer in spots. It may be that the original Matador skins got a bad rap...
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    1992 LP Matador Bongo project.

    Bought these Matador bongos off eBay as a stay at home project and they have not disappointed. Was not aware how vintage they were until I took them apart. Sanded the bearing edges with 800 grit paper to remove the rough lacquer where the heads were stuck on the shells, then waxed and...
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