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LP Aspire Supreme Congas

For almost 40 years, LP (Latin Percussion) has been the industry leader in innovation and product quality in the world of Latin percussion instruments. The company’s commitment to excellence has attracted some of the world’s finest percussionists to play their products, including Tito Puente, Carlos “Patato” Valdés and Giovanni Hildago. In keeping with its commitment to excellence, LP has introduced a new line of congas and bongos designed to suit beginner budgets, the LP Aspire Supreme Series of congas and bongos.

LP Aspire Supreme congas are available in standard, full-diameter head sizes: 11-inch quinto, 11 3/4-inch conga and 12 1/2-inch tumba. All drums are 30 inches in height. They are available in three finishes: natural wood, dark wood and teal. The drums that I played were in dark-wood finish and looked fantastic. The Aspire Supreme’s finish highlights the grain of the wooden drum shells. No expense has been spared in the shell’s construction and the exterior finish. Even though these drums seem like a lighter version of the Classic Wood congas that I’m familiar with, the shell construction and exterior finish have been given the same care and attention to detail as the Classic Wood models.

The congas are supplied with EZ-Curve rims, which are user-friendlier on beginner’s hands, and tucked-skin heads. The quinto and conga can be purchased as a set with a double stand (LPAS346) and list for $699. The double-braced conga stand, complete with memory-lock height adjustment, is not as heavy-duty as their professional line stand, but it gives excellent support. The largest drum, the tumba (LPAS313), can be purchased separately for a list price of $340. The bongos, complete with EZ-Curve rims and a steel bottom brace support, make this a very durable instrument. The bongos (LPAS601) also come standard with tucked-skin heads and list for $120.

At these prices, the professional sounding and appearing LP Aspires are a real bargain for young players with a desire to explore the world of Latin music or for a school music program with a limited budget.

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