In 1956, Martin Cohen, a young mechanical engineer and avid photographer from the Bronx happened upon New York's famous Birdland jazz club. He walked in and was immediately captivated by the sound and energy of Latin jazz. Martin Cohen was so taken with the infectious music that he immersed himself in the 1960's Latin music scene, and soon wanted his own set of bongos. Unfortunately, due to trade embargoes, high quality, Cuban-made bongos were unavailable in the United States, so Cohen's passion compelled him to put his engineering skills to use and create his own set of bongos. After months of study, Martin Cohen had successfully built what would eventually be heralded as the finest bongos the world had ever seen.
In 1964, Martin Cohen founded Latin Percussion and was soon delivering bongos, cowbells and other instruments in brown paper bags to musicians, soliciting their feedback and using the Latin nightclubs as his research and development lab. Cohen's self-described "love affair" with Latin music established a tradition still practiced at LP; the needs of performing musicians are placed ahead of everything else. For half a century, LP has created and patented hundreds of musical instruments that have been featured in thousands of the world's most famous, chart-topping recordings – from classic salsa to classic rock. In fact, Latin Percussion is such an essential part of so many musical genres, it's nearly impossible to turn on a radio or listen to a playlist and not hear an LP instrument. Today, Latin Percussion instruments are put to the test by professional and amateur musicians throughout the world. Year after year, Martin Cohen's legacy continues, as LP's talented research and development team continues working with the world's greatest percussionists to invent and develop generations of new and exciting instruments.
Founded in 1964, Latin Percussion (LP) is the world’s largest producer of hand percussion instruments. LP innovation shows in its designs, where modern materials have replaced rare and fragile ones. The result is durable percussion instruments that produce the authentic sound of the originals. From its first set of bongos designed by founder Martin Cohen, to congas, cajons and tambourines, Latin Percussion’s modern engineering stays true to the authentic sound and puts the needs of performing musicians first. With everything from cowbells to cabasas, LP has a comprehensive collection of hand percussion instruments.
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