Dumpster Dive - Conga's

rpludwig

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Dump run tday with usual household trash, waiting for a guy ahead of me to unload a pickup of various stuff, old bicycles, lamps, tables, etc.
Out of the corner of my eye I see something green sparkle, with a Slingy badge in mid-air.....it was #2 of 2, WHOA I hollered, but too late, the dumpster was empty, save these two, which I fished out promptly with a garden rake....

2 - Slingy congas, Niles badge, both 12" heads, one Remo permatone, one original calf, wrap seams horrible and split wide open, lugs restorable, tension rods rusted.......I've restored worse and our jazz band plays a fair amount of latin stuff........hmmmmm, I see a considerable challenge ahead, thought I'd share it....more to follow...

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Nice save. Get to work on those babies. Restoration pix to follow??
Coy
 

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Nice save. Get to work on those babies. Restoration pix to follow??
Coy
Perhaps, IF I can get the wrap off!! (hardware is off one, edges are salvageable with a bit of work, lugs are great, as Slingy chrome usually is)....
 

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Shriners! Probably were the best market for congas with wrap finishes.
 

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That will be a noble resto. Looks like they might take standard size drum heads, yes?
 

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Dad & Gramps were loyal Shriners, perhaps that, the Slingy badges and Green Sparkle drove me to save 'em....
Worked a bit with a hair dryer on the wrap, no go, gotta pick up a heat gun, the wrap is a bitch, full glued. Not my first rodeo with Slingys but this one is gonna be a challenge.

Edges are common Niles, 30* inner cut thru the re-rings but sharp outside cut, eze to do. Inner ply is maple, can't tell what the outer is, but clearly not mahogany. perhaps poplar?

Gonna take a head & rim off a Slingy 12" rack tom, see if they fit before I get in much deeper, I notice in another conga thread the heads are a different animal and quite spendy....
 

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reboot.....this old thread tells the story on these:

likely not worth the effort, and best I can tell the outer ply is either soft poplar or MDF.....
 

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Great story.
Now, how does one go about measuring and cutting wrap for a conical shape? Has that been talked about before?
 

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Great story.
Now, how does one go about measuring and cutting wrap for a conical shape? Has that been talked about before?
I've not attempted conical wrap... but.... SheetMetal workers can cut that shape... they know the math.
Lots of YouTube video on Concentric Conical layout.
 
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