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How To Measure Conga and Bongo Drum Heads
By Adam Balling
4/2/2014 8:00:00 AM

Unlike heads for drum set and concert drums, world drum heads for bongos, congas, and djembes do not have standard sizes from manufacture to manufacture.  Several different factors go into choosing the correct head for your drum and it can be a confusing process.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.  It is important to know the make, model, size, and counter hoop type of your drums.  If you cannot figure this out, please feel free to email us a photograph at service@percussionsource.com and we can help in the search.

When trying to figure out what size drum heads you need, you need to measure the playing surface of the drum.  The playing surface refers to the top of the head. Once you have the size, you will need to determine the model of congas you have.  Different models of congas have different types of counter hoops which require different heads.

Picking any 10” conga head does not guarantee that your head will fit the 10” drum you have.  You must know the type of counter hoop you have.

If you are looking to replace your natural rawhide heads with the heads that come from the manufacturer, please find out the model of you drum and we can then match up the heads that come with those drums.

Not sure what type of rim your drum has?

Check out this description about conga rims for our friends at Latin Percussion

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On Monday, August 31, 2015 Larry wrote:

I have 2, LP Aspire Vintage Starburst black congas. When I measure across the drums from the center wood edge to the center wood edge, I get 9 1/2" on one and 10 1/2" on the other drum. When I look on line for drums to purchase they talk in sizes of even inches...10", 11", 12". What sizes do I have?


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