When Remo launched its Mondo Key-Tuned djembes back in the mid-1990s not only did they come up with a robust, easy to tune, good sounding drum at a time when most traditional ethnic models were poorly made and notoriously difficult to tune, but the djembe’s Fibreskyn synthetic head meant pitch loss due to cold and humidity was a thing of the past. Now Remo’s tireless R&D department have come up with the Infinity Mondo Djembe, which takes the basic Key-Tuned model and moves it up to a whole new level. Standing 25 inches tall with a 14-inch head, the traditional shaped shell is made from Remo’s patented Acousticon recycled wood fibre with a Choco Red Eco-Grain finish – that has the look and feel of exotic wood – and is fitted with a thick rubber base to protect and isolate the shell.

The drum head is the company’s newly designed Mondo Skyndeep featuring goat stripe brown graphics while the drum-key tuning lugs screw into new black plastic Contour brackets that are immediately far more comfortable than previous models. The new Skyndeep head is quick to tune and produces crisp, stinging slaps, clear open tones and an extra deep, resonant bass sound from the centre that’s enhanced by the djembe’s extra wide belly. This drum has remarkable projection being somewhat louder than ethnic rope-tune djembes and players who prefer these traditional models will not be disappointed by this winning combination of west African heritage and modern materials. 

For more go to www.remo.com

This extraordinary piece of kit is essentially a small tambourine effect made up of four pairs of silver coloured jingles separated by metal plates for increased volume which sits on the hi-hat rod. It was a tight fit to the hi-hat rod and the rubber grommet duly popped out of the centre of the jingle. We decided that the only way to remedy this was to fix the grommet to the hi-hat separately and then place the Mad Hatter on top, which would also allow a quick removal of the effect when required. The Mad Hatter produces a very subtle Tambor effect and we could see it in a variety of settings, from experimental jazz through to latin and world. And for those without a hi-hat the Mad Hatter can also be played with sticks. For more go to www.musicshipping.co.uk

Nowadays djembes come in all shapes, sizes and materials: from traditional carved wood shells with goatskin heads and rope tuning to the latest synthetic shells, plastic heads and key tuning. Remo were among the first to introduce non-traditional djembes over 12 years ago when they launched the Key-Tuned djembe with Acousticon shells and Mondo synthetic heads. Now the company has taken the design a step further with the Apex djembe that has a lightweight ABS plastic shell moulded in a traditional shape with a steel plated counter hoop, eight tuning brackets and a synthetic Skyndeep Black Goat Stripe head. The Apex has a 12-inch head diameter, stands 23 inches tall and is aimed at recreational players through to professionals looking for a second drum. Tuning is a breeze with the supplied ratchet and the tuning brackets are rounded with recessed screws that, like the counter hoop, are shaped for comfort. The drum produces bright responsive open tones, cutting slaps and ringing edge tones, but has a dryer centre bass tone without the really deep bass oomph of heavier wood or Acousticon shells. Priced at £125 the Apex is light, very durable and perfect for playing on the move and comes with a bracket for belt or shoulder strap. (JN)

For more go to remo.com

Now owned by the Sabian cymbal company Gon Bops is one of the oldest Latin percussion companies in the world, founded by Mariano Bobadilla in Los Angeles in 1954. Gon Bops are renowned as some of the best sounding congas and bongos available and now counts Alex Acuna as a key endorsee and co-designer of two of the company’s conga ranges. Last year Gon Bops celebrated its 55th anniversary with a special California Series conga range made from Red Appalachian Oak, and this year sees the re-introduction of the Mariano Series congas and bongos, named after the founder’s original conga line. Manufactured from plantation harvested Siam Oak, these are based on the original design and shape with traditional style rims, tuning rods and side plates as well as three reinforcing hoops around the shell, all finished in black. The combination of the traditional styling, vintage natural wood and the black hardware finish gives a distinctive retro look, but with a subtle contemporary twist. Natural heads and Gon Bops’ superb build quality gives a full bodied, authentic sound, from cutting slaps to big, resonant bass tones. The Mariano Series come in four sizes: 10.75in Quinto; 11.5in Conga; 12.25in Tumba; 13.25in Super Tumba as well as a pair of 7in and 8.5in bongos. Distributed in the UK by Westside Distribution.

For more go to www.gonbops.com

Now owned by the Sabian cymbal company Gon Bops is one of the oldest Latin percussion companies in the world, founded by Mariano Bobadilla in Los Angeles in 1954. Gon Bops are renowned as some of the best sounding congas and bongos available and now counts Alex Acuna as a key endorsee and co-designer of two of the company’s conga ranges. Last year Gon Bops celebrated its 55th anniversary with a special California Series conga range made from Red Appalachian Oak, and this year sees the re-introduction of the Mariano Series congas and bongos, named after the founder’s original conga line. Manufactured from plantation harvested Siam Oak, these are based on the original design and shape with traditional style rims, tuning rods and side plates as well as three reinforcing hoops around the shell, all finished in black. The combination of the traditional styling, vintage natural wood and the black hardware finish gives a distinctive retro look, but with a subtle contemporary twist. Natural heads and Gon Bops’ superb build quality gives a full bodied, authentic sound, from cutting slaps to big, resonant bass tones. The Mariano Series come in four sizes: 10.75in Quinto; 11.5in Conga; 12.25in Tumba; 13.25in Super Tumba as well as a pair of 7in and 8.5in bongos. Distributed in the UK by Westside Distribution. (JN) For more go to www.gonbops.com

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