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I’m sure you have heard the age-old adage that says “if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”
It rings no truer than the story behind Latin Percussion, Inc. and its founder, Martin Cohen.
Cohen created LP with, in his own words, “a vision to provide authentic, high-quality instruments to players everywhere.” Nearly four decades later, Cohen’s vision is still a reality that’s evident in LP’s top-quality congas, bongos, timbales, and other percussion instruments.
Passion for percussion.
The LP story starts in 1956, when a young mechanical engineer and avid photographer from the Bronx visited New York’s fabled Birdland jazz club. Martin Cohen was instantly infected by the feverish beat of Cal Tjader’s hot Latin jazz. He became a regular at Monday night jam sessions led by flutist Herbie Mann with percussionist Jose Mangual. Mangual’s mastery of his instruments was a profound inspiration for Cohen, who subsequently became a student of the 1960s Latin music scene. Upon deciding he wanted his own set of bongos, Cohen’s passion put yet another old adage into play.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
The 1960s government-imposed Cuban trade embargo made the getting tough for quality Latin instruments. So Martin Cohen got going and used his engineering skills to design and construct his own bongos. After successfully negotiating the learning curve, Cohen’s business flourished. His associations with some of the most prominent percussionists in the country finally paid off in 1964. Cohen’s labor of love, Latin Percussion, Inc., became a full-time endeavor.
The commitment to quality.
LP has grown from its infancy in Martin Cohen’s garage to a 100-plus employee, international operation. Though LP is now the world’s largest producer of hand percussion instruments, Cohen’s faithfulness to his vision is still apparent in their magnificent congas.
Players and listeners alike will appreciate the outstanding tone, projection, and sonic integrity that are hallmarks of LP congas. All of those qualities are the result of impeccable materials and craftsmanship.
They start with the finest, plantation-grown wood, kiln-dried to control contraction/expansion during manufacturing. Then, skilled craftsmen assemble the drums by hand. After meticulous hand sanding, the instruments are treated to a furniture-quality finish. Extra attention is paid to the optimum bearing edge. It is expertly designed to endure the head tension and yet is smooth enough for the head to ride easily. The result is superb sound.
All-star artist roster.
LP’s dedication to designing and crafting quality instruments has garnered quite a loyal lineup of players. Today, LP has over 500 endorsers. They include musicians like the late, legendary Tito Puente, Marc Quinones, Carlos “Patato” Valdez, Armand Paraza, Mick Fleetwood, Sammy Figueroa, and Peter Erskine. Other LP faithfuls include Phil Collins, Greg Bissonette, Lenny Castro, Ralph MacDonald, Bobby Allende (Marc Anthony), Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band), Cindy Blackman (Lenny Kravitz), J.D. Blair (Shania Twain), Edwin Bonilla (Gloria Estefan), Gaynell Colburn (Stevie Wonder), Larry Fratangelo (Aretha Franklin), and hundreds more.
A “Supernatural” collaboration.
One of LP’s longest associations is with guitar icon Carlos Santana and his percussionists. This musical partnership has produced LP’s new Accents Santana Supernatural Edition instruments. The beautiful drums are wrapped in the distinctive, festive graphics from the multi-platinum “Supernatural” album. They are designed to reproduce the sound heard on Santana’s recordings. Their tuned fiberglass shells are reinforced with steel rings embedded near the bearing edge for superior shell integrity. Other professional features include LP’s easy-on-the-hands, extended collar Comfort Curve II rims, hefty 5/16" tuning lugs, and specially-selected rawhide heads. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to Santana’s Milagro Foundation to benefit underprivileged children.
The world’s finest congas.
Puerto Rican native Giovanni Hildago is acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest congueros. Now, through his association with LP, you can experience owning and playing the world’s best wood congas.
LP Galaxy Giovanni Series congas are painstakingly handcrafted of premium North American ash wood. They are custom designed for unparalleled resonance, attack, and warmth. The Giovanni conga is the one you need for rich bass, full mid-tones, dazzling highs, and commanding projection.
LP has taken their noted.
Construction quality far beyond with steel-pin reinforced plies, gleaming, gold-tone, heavy-duty hardware, stout 3/8" tuning lugs, and reinforced LP Heart® Side Plates. The all-natural, rawhide heads are specially treated for a softer touch. And the splendid, hand-rubbed finish has to be seen for full-effect appreciation.
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