Elite Series Congas are available in 100% Thai Oak or Fiberglass shells and feature polished Contour Crown rims and the highest quality Remo heads.
Conga drums originated in Cuba and typically include three pitches; high (Quinto), medium (Conga) and Low (Tumba). Pearl offers congas to meet the needs of every player from seasoned professionals to beginners, in a variety of shell materials.
Introducing the Jesus Diaz signature congas and bongos. The Cuban born Diaz is one of the most in demand percussionists and vocalists on the scene today. His active schedule inspired the feature set for his signature series. Designed for the seated player the Thai Oak drums measure 30” tall and from the Quinto to Tumba feature added girth to the belly of each drum for a fuller sound. Seated conga players typically have to tilt the drum to achieve the desired projection, but the Jesus Diaz designed drums feature a 4” port on the front that is strategically positioned to deliver the maximum bass frequency while the drum remains flat on the floor. “In the 90’s I decided to experiment and try to improve the sound of my drums while playing sitting down on carpet. I decided to make some holes on some spare drums I had at the time. I drilled holes and noticed an amazing difference in the sound even without the drum being closed. The holes that I originally made on the drums were too high and I lost some of the base frequencies so determining the placement of the port was critical” said Jesus Diaz. The drums also feature a newly designed Quick Release lug that is slotted to allow removal of the tension rod without fully removing the nut. Player comfort was also an important ingredient in the design of the hoop. A new ergonomically friendly design reduces the impact to your hands while an internal ring centers the natural buffalo skin heads for accurate placement. Matching 7” and 8.5” bongos are also available.
Bobby Allende is a mainstay in the New York Latin Music Scene and he demands the best from his drums, that's why he plays Pearl. His Signature drums are fiberglass with no seams to inhibit vibration which allow the drums to resonatefreely for the full, rich sound that Bobby is famous for.The congas are 28 inches tall, fitting the traditional seated player perfectly while adding extra width to the base for added projection and stability. A matching set of bongos is also available. The Bobby Allende congas and bongos feature Remo Fiberskyn 3 heads for tuning stability and Pearl's Low-Rider crowns with a radical sloping edge that practically disappears under your hands for comfort you have to experience to believe. If you demand excellence like Bobby, check out his Signature Fiberglass Congas and Bongos.
Since the inception of Pearl Percussion’s Elite Series of Congas and Bongos, the drums have been offered with 100% aged Thai Oak or Fiberglass shells. Now the Elite Series offers a combination of the two shell materials blended together. The Elite Series Wood-Fiber shells deliver the best of both worlds; the superior cut and projection of Fiberglass, warmed by the rich Thai Oak outer shell. Matching bongos arealso available but sold separately. The Elite Series Wood-Fiber drums feature premium natural skin heads, polished Contour Crown rimsand Pearl’s exclusive Self-Aligning Washer System that isolates the tension hooks from the inner walls of the lugs for greater tuning ease.
In 2011 Pearl introduced the original Travel Congas and the portability of congas was changed forever. Rather than the traditional 28” height of a conga, Pearl’s Travel Congas features 3.5” deep wood shells that deliver maximum portability and sound. Like traditional congas they utilize stave construction and feature real size Quinto (11"), Conga (11.75") and Tumba (12.5") heads. Tuning the Remo Symmetry heads is effortless with five precision Allen tuning bolts and the included wrench. The shell is finished in #510 Caramel Brown. Matching Travel Bongos are also available.
The Primero Series aremade with the same meticulous detail and workmanship as pro-level and Signature models but with smaller sizes and lighter hardware. Primero congas areideal for students, band programs and beginning players and are available with both durable wood shells and hand-layer fiberglass shells. Pearl's PC-300W double braced conga stand is separately available for Primero conga set to be mounted in the most player-friendly position. Matching bongos are available but sold separately.