These congas are quite unique as they don’t have a shell, so they are easy to transport and… compact, as the name says! LP Compact Congas are available in 11” Quinto (LP825) and 11 3/4” Conga (LP826), with replaceable plastic skin fully tunable with 9 (quinto) or 12 (conga) bolts that hold the skin on a very solid, metal rim.
A nice stand for compact congas and bongos is available from LP, but I personally found more reasonable to save some money for conga lessons and get myself standard, 40 bucks snare stands like this very solid one:
I think they are the best congas for beginners for 3 reasons…
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I think they are the best congas for beginners for 3 reasons:
1. when you start playing you have lots of exercises to do, plus you’re excited and you want to play all the time…. so these congas are just perfect as they can follow you everywhere, especially in vacation, that is the moment when you have most of the free time available!!
2. they are less loud than “standard” congas, so if you’re living in an apartment like me you neighborhood will be a BIT less mad at you
3. when you’ll grow up, you will probably want to buy standard congas, but having compact congas can still be an advantages when you’re going to a gig but don’t have much space in the car, or if you want to go by bike (like we do in Amsterdam) or if you need to travel…. so the investment is still good, compared to a set of cheap congas that you’ll never play anymore
Of course, the sound is NOT the same. The tone more affected is the base, because the lack of shell makes the sound just not full, while the open tone is less loud and warm.
People says that the Pearl Travel Congas have a better sound, but I never had chance to play them myself.
If you have experience with them please comment on this article!
But the LP Compact Conga online now: