The New LP Top-Tuning Congas
(mtebaldi | Posted 2010-07-16)
This is definitely something revolutionary in the conga world. LP Series Top-Tuning Congas feature a design that allows the drums to be tuned from the top, without having to turn it, lift it out of its basket, or remove it from its stand, offering great advantages, especially in live applications.
Immediate access to all tension bolts eliminates situations where only the nearest bolts can be tensioned easily in a hurried situations that result in uneven tuning. With top tuning, the player can access every tension bolt quickly and easily in order to tune the head evenly for a good fundamental pitch.
Top-Tuning Congas feature 30" tall Siam Oak shells in 11", 11¾", and 12½" diameters (LP522T-AWC, LP559T-AWC, LP552T-AWC), with natural rawhide heads. They're fitted with specially modified Comfort Curve II steel rims to which are welded unique "ears" that allow access to the top of each tuning bolt. These ears are thematically designed in a V shape that echoes the shape of LP's heavy-duty steel side plates. They're also carefully recessed below the level of the Comfort Curve II rims to ensure hand comfort and extended playability.
In addition, the new system provides a direct pull on each tension bolt, eliminating the "bend" that often occurs with hooked tension bolts. And to make things even easier, the tuning bolts are fitted with hex heads that can be turned with a standard socket available in any hardware store (just in case the included tension wrench is ever misplaced). This new design also makes replacing heads effortless, all you have to do is unscrew the tuning bolts and lift the rim.
The LP Top-Tuning are now available for a price of $649.00 for the 11" Quinto model and $699.00 for the 11-3/4” Conga and 12-1/2” Tumba models.
For more information about this new LP product and others visit www.lpmuisc.com
From a press release.