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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

See all my reviews

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

          See all my reviews

          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

          See all my reviews

          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 Brainiack

                from Somewhere, USA

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                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

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