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Bongo Drums
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2010
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I can't recommend these. Sure they were for a two year old, but I did have an expectation that they'd arrive well constructed and with a bit of real tone difference between the two drums. Not at all. The 'skins' are sort of baked, or shrunk, or chemically dried onto the body of the drums (as opposed to stretched) and one 'skin' is bubbled, warped, and otherwise not flat or tight by any stretch (sorry) of the imagination. There is, on a scale of 1-10, a .5 tone difference between the two drums. I get more tone from different sized upside down plastic cups. The thing doesn't even accomplish a nice bongo sound (or any bongo sound), just a muted thwack. Yes, I'm holding them right. The wooden bridge between the two drums is loose, and can't be tightened in spite of the exposed wing nuts. Bummer. Even my daughter, who's been dying for bongos, was underwhelmed. Avoid these. I think I'll send them back. In fact, I'm changing this 2-star review to one. Can't believe they're charging this price for this product, which would be better valued if it dropped out of a gumball machine.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2010
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My 2 year old daughter LOVES music, especially the drums. I wanted to wait a while before reviewing to see how durable these bongos are and I have to admit that they have surpassed my expectations. For the price I thought she'd get to play with them for a couple months and they'd break, but these little drums have withstood relentless beating with plastic drum sticks for 2 months without a sign of wear.

EDIT 07/23/2013
Almost 3 years later, my 5 year old and 16 month old play with these bongos all the time. They're still in great shape!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2008
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I bought these for a six-year-old. They are a good starter set and quite sturdy. There is definitely a tone difference between the two drums--they look and sound like real mini bongos! :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2007
These broke way to fast. I was bummed. But while they worked, my son Loved them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2014
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I bought these bongos because my wife plays an African drum and our toddler thinks it is awesome. To try and bring the family together, I thought it would be fun to get our daughter some bongos to play along. For a few dollars more,there are some more professional grade looking bongos available. However, I didn't want non-baby safe hardware attached to the exterior. I just wanted a cheap set of bongos for my kid to give a good smack.

Having said that, this is NOT a baby toy. Our daughter only uses the bongos under strict supervision while we are having family music time. I would NEVER recommend just giving these to a small child and turning them loose.

Construction is cheap and simple. The two drums are held together with a simple wing nut. They don't look pretty enough to put on display. And that's exactly what I expected. From the picture and price, it is pretty easy to see that these are cheap drums. They're the kind of thing you buy when you just need a drum like thing. Playing a beatnik for Halloween? Perfect. Need something for a toddler to bang on while mommy and daddy are playing their expensive drum? Perfect. Professional musician looking for professional grade equipment? Come on, really?

Perfect for what I needed. Only you know what will suit your needs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
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The drums were dirty and not properly packaged. They sounded terrible and I will not be giving them to my daughter. I would donate them to a school but I feel they would be insulted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This may be the poorest made product I have ever purchased on Amazon. Drums actually fell apart when lifting them out of the box. The heads are so flimsy and loose that they sound more like a piece of loose leaf paper flopping in the breeze than any kind of drum I have ever heard. I cannot think of a single reason to buy these. They're not good for anything, even the least discerning beginner student will be insulted by these drums. I wouldn't even consider this a musical instrument. I suppose if you turned them upside down they may work as cup holders. Don't waste your money, look elsewhere!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
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My baby loves percussion and I could only find "toy" bongoʻs that arenʻt even bongos - they play music when you hit them. He loves our adult bongo so we found these on Amazon and decided to order them. I know they werenʻt meant to be used by a 9 month old baby but thatʻs what Iʻm using it for so thatʻs how Iʻll review it. When the bongos are on the ground the sound gets muffled. If you have a stand for them where the bottom remains open the sound is much better. The quality is not poor but itʻs not the best. I would be worried that the black part which looks like it is glued on might fall off. Otherwise, its the best Iʻve found for the price but I wish the sound was a little louder and deeper :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
My mom sent this to my 2 year old for x mas. He was so excited to play the bongos and in the middle of hitting them the top ripped. It's almost like a thin piece of paper.he was pretty bummed out and my mom embarrassed to send such a cheap gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2009
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We bought these for my nephew and he absolutely loves them. He's 14 months old and is more than content to sit and bang on his drums all day. They're very durable and of great quality.
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