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LP Giovanni Compact Conga

There have been relatively few changes to the basic design of the conga. Going back to the ancestral drums played over centuries in Africa, the idea is simple: a vibrating membrane (an animal hide) stretched and tucked over a long cylinder.

But Latin Percussion (LP) has come up with what may be the next major innovation in hand drumming. The LP Giovanni Compact Conga is marketed as a portable conga. Endorsed by and named after conga master Giovanni Hidalgo, LP’s patented design for this model uses an aluminum alloy frame to support an 11-inch synthetic-skin conga head. It basically looks like the top part of the conga without the resonator, which would be the drum itself. Imagine a drummer’s practice pad that is marketed as a drum that could be used on gigs or for woodshedding.

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