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I agree with all the reviews - here's the strengths and weeknesses
on August 10, 2010
I have used these with a full set of LP Matador congas for about 3 years. The advantages are they are inexpensive and allow you to play sitting. These are at just the right height for me (I have a 22" high custom super bajo cajon that I use as my "hand drum throne" as I alternate between it, the congas, a 12.5" djembe I pick up when needed, ad a stand-mounter 14" Remo contemporary djembe that I use as a "super tumba).
I agree that these take some time to set up, and agree, if someone comes by and picks them up out of ignormace, it messes the set-up up, and you have to make adjustments. I've gotten ticked several times at folks who move them without telling me, or re-aggainging my congas. I have a very non-standard set-up with the 4 drums in a arch, lowest on the left to highest on the right - oposite the way most conga players do, and I've had some inconsiderate folks re-arrainge them without checking with me. The negative reviewer has a legitimate point - part of the set-up required with these is to not only make sure that they are spaced evenly and angled correctly, you also have to make sure that each conga only has "conga side" facing the next conga, rather than a tuning lug or handle facing the conga next to it, or the cother conga will likely get scratched if you space them fairly closely together, as I do.
But I don't have any idea where the reviewer who say's you can't play even moderately agressively with these is coming from. If you get the set-up right (expect to spend 10 minutes, I'm serious), then they are stable. I play real agresively, to the point where I actually put two strips of duct tape on each finger to add a little padding, otherwise I get bone bruises. Multiple others have played on my set-up and nobody has ever mentioned a problem with stability.
And with my agressiveness, I've never had a stability issue. Just don't expect to set these up in a minute - if you're seriously impatient, don't buy these. If you can take a 5-15 minutes to set them up right, they work. I also don't get the "heavy conga" reference - does the negative reviewer have a physical challenge? I'm 55 and I would never think of a conga as heavy.
One final limitation to consider. Are all your congas the same height, or if one is shorter, do you have an adjustable height stand that you can use to bring the full set to the same level? If the answer is no, then you need to either look at another alternative stand or change out the odd-sized conga.
Hope this is resonably objective. I don't want to steer anyone, just want to comment on the isues as I see them.