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Drumming is about more than just snares, bass drums and toms. Some of the most interesting sounds you'll ever get from a percussion instrument will come from something more... worldly, and bongos are the perfect example. Whether you're playing culturally diverse music or searching for a way to accentuate a more traditional style, Meinl bongos are more than up to the task. They also go a long way to show just how versatile Meinl really is: if you thought they were all about cymbals, these bongos could be the instruments that change your mind.

One of the coolest things about Meinl bongos is that there are really no rules when it comes to playing them. You can put them between your knees and pound out the rhythms by hand, the way the drummers would have done in the "Son" style where they originated. Or, you could mount your new bongos on a stand and make them part of a stage drum set; they'll sound great when played with sticks or brushes, too.

Like any other set of bongos, Meinl's drums come in attached pairs including the compact "macho" and slightly bigger "hembra." The size difference between the two is what gives bongos their distinctive voice and makes them so much fun to play. Finding new ways to combine the sounds will really unleash your creativity, and when you factor in the added dimension of different hand techniques, like open palm taps, quick slaps and rolling heel strikes, it's amazing the range of percussion sounds the bongos can make.

Even if you're simply looking for a fun casual instrument to try in your downtime, Meinl is ready with affordable models like the Free Ride Mini Bongo and Meinl HB50 Bongo Set with Free Shaker and Claves. For higher-end professional performances, you can turn things up with a pro-tier set such as the Free Ride Series Woodcraft Bongos. No matter which set you choose, you can look forward to an excellent drumming experience with Meinl bongos.