Since our inception in 2006, our focus was African styled drums and building them with the best possible sound using modern techniques and local woods. All of this research and trial and error has taught us so much about the sonic properties of woods, how the thickness of the shell affects the tone, the importance of a quality skin, and how the shape of the drum defines the overall sound. When we started getting requests for congas and bongos, Rhythm House Drums wanted to not only do it right, but bring a unique feel to other drums on the market. We had to bring something unique and special to the conga drum – We have done just that!
Our Conga Drums, or Tumbadora, are built with an extremely unique stave design. Standing at 30 inches tall, our design enables us to have complete control over every aspect of the drum that will affect the overall tonal properties. From the wall thickness to the bearing edge, to the precise head – belly – foot ratios, our Congas are designed to have maximum warmth and sustain. Not only is our design uniquely modern, but it also gives way for much less wasted wood, less stress on each stave, and the opportunity to build with a variety of woods and customization.
The implementation of this design is just as important as the design itself. The craftsmanship throughout these congas is superb. From our perfectly shaped and smoothed joints to the four part finishing process, these conga drums look as beautiful as they sound!
RHD likes working with materials in the raw and does not like painting the beautiful woods we use just as we don’t like covering up the beautiful metals. A theme of raw materials shows true quality and craftsmanship. This is why our congas are hand crafted with quality stainless steel.
The stainless steel we use is laser cut (outsourced to a local fabrication shop), hand formed, and TIG welded with precision right here in our shop. The final hardware is polished and bead-blasted for a beautiful matte finish. Under our hardware you will find thin rubber gaskets that protect the shell and minimize transferring shell vibration back through the conga hardware to the skin which can cause odd overtones.
RHD is now taking custom orders for our Conga Drums! Please contact us for info on pricing and options.