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The Meinl Artist Series Luis Conte Signature Congas combine the charm and sound of the old traditional Cuban drums with modern features and innovations. These congas are equipped with 2-ply rubberwood shells, black powder coated traditional rims, are mounted as close to the shell as possible, and when combined with Meinl's True Skin Buffalo Heads, they enable an even more controlled sound. These drums also come with rubber-ringed bottoms for protection, conga saver lug covers, sound pads, an accessory pouch, an L-shaped tuning key, and tune up oil!
The Artist Series Ramon Santamaria Congas are drums of truly great quality. With 2-ply American White Ash shells, True Skin Buffalo Heads, Gold-tone hardware (10mm tuning lugs and 4mm rounded SSR rims), the attention to detail is evident. These drums also come with conga saver lug covers, sound pads, an accessory pouch, an L-shaped tuning key, and tune up oil!
Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria was without a doubt one of the most respected conga players ever, and a pioneer of modern Latin Jazz. During the 50's his band Black Cuban Diamonds laid down the foundation for an outstanding career. Ramon recorded dozens of legendary percussion albums.
Worldwide Jazz hits, such as Watermelon Man in 1963 and the album Summertime from 1980 are only two of the many recordings from this great master percussionist. Mongo has inspired more percussionists around the globe than any other conguero. Mongo Santamaria died at the Baptist Hospital in Miami, USA in February 2003. He was 85 years old. It is with great appreciation and deepest respect that Meinl honors their friend and his life's work with his Meinl Artist Series Mongo Santamaria Congas.