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Musician's GearFull-Size Tunable Bongos
 
3.9

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (9)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Sensitive (4)
  • Huge tone (3)

Cons

  • Flat sound (4)

Best Uses

  • Small venues (6)
  • Accompaniment (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (7), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

not serious, but not bad

There is no product description provided on the website, so I ordered essentially blind. When it arrived, I found no brand name, no hang tag, no instruction sheet, no anything on the...Read complete review

There is no product description provided on the website, so I ordered essentially blind. When it arrived, I found no brand name, no hang tag, no instruction sheet, no anything on the drum itself or inside the box. There is, however, the following information printed on the UPC sticker on the box:

"Holiday Bongos. Latin Percussion, Division of KMC. Made in China."

Disregard the "Latin Percussion" part and focus on "Holiday," which will tell you that these aren't bongos for serious players. They are made instead for seasonal gift sales. However, they are quite playable and are fun to mess around with.

I checked a few websites for how to tune bongos, followed the instructions, and after two or three tries, have them sounding rather nice.

The heads are thin, and on my set, a couple of sharpish bumps (flaws) on the rim they stretch across may cut into those heads in time. For that reason, I am reluctant to tune them up as tight as I might otherwise try. Still, I can get a nice enough "pop" at the tightness I'm comfortable with.

Because the tuning posts are near the heads, they can hurt your hands if you're not careful to avoid them when striking the drum.

The drum itself is more attractive than the photo, in my opinion, being two-tone wood stain (and the drum is made of wooden staves) rather than the nearly red/white candy stripe it appears to be in the picture.

A more serious instrument would be at least twice the price, and that would be an entry-level bongo. So for what you pay, you get something which with a little tuning work is a functional, beginner-level drum with a quite decent sound. I do not at all regret having bought this.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not worth more than 10, don't bother

What sound was there, wasn't pleasant. One of the heads broke in 10 miuntes because it was really thin in a few places. I'll try new heads but not sure it will help...Read complete review

What sound was there, wasn't pleasant. One of the heads broke in 10 miuntes because it was really thin in a few places. I'll try new heads but not sure it will help the sound.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

not serious, but not bad

By J

from Denver, CO

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Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

There is no product description provided on the website, so I ordered essentially blind. When it arrived, I found no brand name, no hang tag, no instruction sheet, no anything on the drum itself or inside the box. There is, however, the following information printed on the UPC sticker on the box:

"Holiday Bongos. Latin Percussion, Division of KMC. Made in China."

Disregard the "Latin Percussion" part and focus on "Holiday," which will tell you that these aren't bongos for serious players. They are made instead for seasonal gift sales. However, they are quite playable and are fun to mess around with.

I checked a few websites for how to tune bongos, followed the instructions, and after two or three tries, have them sounding rather nice.

The heads are thin, and on my set, a couple of sharpish bumps (flaws) on the rim they stretch across may cut into those heads in time. For that reason, I am reluctant to tune them up as tight as I might otherwise try. Still, I can get a nice enough "pop" at the tightness I'm comfortable with.

Because the tuning posts are near the heads, they can hurt your hands if you're not careful to avoid them when striking the drum.

The drum itself is more attractive than the photo, in my opinion, being two-tone wood stain (and the drum is made of wooden staves) rather than the nearly red/white candy stripe it appears to be in the picture.

A more serious instrument would be at least twice the price, and that would be an entry-level bongo. So for what you pay, you get something which with a little tuning work is a functional, beginner-level drum with a quite decent sound. I do not at all regret having bought this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not worth more than 10, don't bother

By Mark- Keeping Tempo

from Portland

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Look Decent

Cons

  • Exremely Cheap Heads
  • Flat Sound
  • Head Broke In 10 Minutes
  • Not Sensitive

Best Uses

    Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

    What sound was there, wasn't pleasant. One of the heads broke in 10 miuntes because it was really thin in a few places. I'll try new heads but not sure it will help the sound.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect for elementary music class

    By kater

    from Scottsbluff, NE

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment

      Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

      I purchased this set of bongos for use in my elementary music class. I am impressed with the quality of sound and construction for the price I paid. They are very playable and durable for my classroom.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Tune Those Bongos Right!

      By Janie

      from Tucson AZ

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Tunable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Arrive Flat

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

      There is a tuning key in the package.
      You can find basic how-to on YouTube.
      Sound transforms from dull to your own preference.

      As to the size, I am just under five feet at 77 years after some shortening. They are just right for me.

      If you expect to work at creating sound, these are great. If you expect pre-tuned standards, not so much.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bongos

      By Bee-Dub

      from Motown (Modesto) Ca.

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Sound Like Ricky Ricardo
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

          Great Bongos @ a great price I couldn't be happier what a steal

           
          5.0

          Considering the price, five stars

          By Hank

          from Lexington, KY

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Value For The Price

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • I Would Use Them Anywhere

          Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

          You can tune these bongos with the included key, and they appear to be very durable and well made from quality materials. Understanding that they are an entry level instrument at an entry level price, I am very satisfied.

           
          5.0

          Great Buy!!!!!

          By PapaDWA

          from Tennessee

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Venues

            Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

            As always great products, fair pricing, & free shipping.

             
            5.0

            Great Buy!

            By Kathy

            from Hereford, TX

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Works Great

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                Bought this for my son. He loves it!

                 
                3.0

                Great for beginner

                By lords,servant

                from Junction city,ks

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good To Learn With

                Cons

                • Don't Sound Good
                • Skins Like Paper

                Best Uses

                • Great For Beginners

                Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                Idea for student age 5 thru 10

                 
                3.0

                great for small hands

                By Brainiac

                from Up north

                About Me Experienced

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                Pros

                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                  Not bad, but they're just too small for me

                   
                  4.0

                  small but powerful

                  By anthonywalker41

                  from Hopkins,mn

                  About Me Novice

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                  • Flat Sound

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                    I like playing bongos it is very fun.

                     
                    5.0

                    Whole lot of FUN

                    By Solsurfer

                    from LO CAL

                    About Me Experienced

                    See all my reviews

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Huge Tone
                    • Responsive
                    • Sensitive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Accompaniment
                      • Jazz Clubs
                      • Small Venues
                      • Soundtracks

                      Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                      I bought these bongos for the price, I haven't played any bongos since the 70s, I just had to buy these when I came around to them on the website, I am so glad that I bought them, You don't really forget how to played them, Which is very cool, I able to get a 30 second loop on the bongos that really doesn't sound like bongos, But it worked I am very stoked right now, Ask me in 6 months what I think then about the bongos, I may not give the same review, So if you just want to add a new sound or just have something to play around with it, You can't go wrong for the price

                       
                      3.0

                      My daughter was thrilled

                      By Band Kid's Mom

                      from Florida

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Self Enjoyment

                        Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                        Always satisfied with musicians friend

                         
                        2.0

                        Too cheap for anything but kids play.

                        By Westcoastless

                        from Lakewood, CO

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Flat Sound
                          • Heads Feel Like Paper
                          • Not Sensitive
                          • Poorly Made

                          Best Uses

                          • School Bands
                          • Toddler Toy

                          Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                          I was looking for something cheap and I got it, but the quality was somewhere below fisher-price!

                           
                          5.0

                          Better with Sticks.a Blast from the Past

                          By who1buffy

                          from Carlinville, IL

                          About Me Experienced

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                          Pros

                          • Good Value
                          • Responsive
                          • Sensitive
                          • Tunable

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Beatnik Poetry Happenings
                          • Recording

                          Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                          I had some bongos when I was a kid and really didn't get into them or get much sound out of them. I'm still not a percusionist and things haven't changed much. I don't get much tone using my hands with these (my skill level, no doubt). But hit these with a nylon or ball covered stick and WOW. You really do get a great tone. Mini-tympani?
                          If you know what you're doing, you could probably get the tone with your hands. Nice value and good for kids, I would think. These ARE real drums.

                           
                          4.0

                          Nice inexpensive set

                          By LiquidCow

                          from Portland, ME

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Tunable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Accompaniment
                            • School Bands
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                            Nice set of bongos, great if you're looking for a better than toy quality set but not too expensive.

                            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            You trick me.

                            By Kelz

                            from Miami, Florida

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Flat Sound
                              • Poorly Made

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                                These bongos are too small and to me, it seems like they are for kids. I really really regret buying it. Musician friends said that they were full bongos. Well they lied just to make a fast sale. That's very evil of them to do that. I am very disappointed. The joke was on me. But I promise you that I will never buy anything from musicians friends againg.

                                 
                                4.0

                                Excellent Value

                                By SamIam

                                from Tennessee

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Great Sound
                                • Quality Materials

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Accompaniment
                                  • Informal Settings

                                  Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                                  This was a gift for a somewhat experienced novice player. He was impressed with the quality and materials for this price-point

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Love it

                                  By music friend

                                  from Ga

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                                  Everything great, product and service

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great sound

                                  By Kmoon122

                                  from Phoenix, AZ

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Great Sound

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Small Venues
                                  • Soundtracks

                                  Comments about Musician's Gear Full-Size Tunable Bongos:

                                  Great sounding bongos and excellent price too. Great purchase.

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