Best Bongos in 2020



Meinl Bongos With ABS Plastic Shells - NOT MADE IN CHINA - Natural Skin Heads, 2-YEAR WARRANTY (HB50BK) Review:


The picture online does not do this justice. When you see these in person, they are beautiful. The sunburst finish really looks nice. These are also very solid. They were heavier than I thought they would be. They were also quieter than I thought they would be. And if you stuff each one of them with a t-shirt, you can really muffle them so that you can practice without making too much noise. I am a musician who has been playing a number of instruments for a lot of years but hand percussion is new to me. So it is a good thing that I can practice quietly until I get good on them. Especially since I will be playing a lot of the patterns over and over again until I get them down.

If you are new to the bongos or hand percussion, you can find a lot of instructional videos online. There are a lot of tricks and techniques to learn when playing the bongos. That's why I recommend that you view the online videos because there are some excellent players in those videos that can give you a good idea as to what the capabilities really are. Just don't let their amazing examples of musicianship intimidate you or discourage you. I know from playing other instruments that it can take some time and effort to really excel on an instrument. Realizing that, I get inspired when I see someone who plays the bongos well.

I think the quality of these bongos are well worth the price. I thought of getting a cheaper set of bongos but in the end I decided to pay a little extra and i am glad I did. I think the quality of this set is good enough to where I won't need to replace them with a better set later. Now all I need to do is get my skills to the level that justifies the amount of the purchase. But that will only come with practice and there is no substitute for that.



Tycoon Percussion 6 Inch & 7 Inch Ritmo Bongos - Mahogany Finish Review:


Let me start by saying we aren't bongo players, we just tap on these things, my almost 6 y-o really wanted them for Christmas. They were a last minute order and with bad weather they didn't make it here in time, but a few days after Christmas when they arrived I checked them out and you could just tell that they are really nicely made. They came well packed, with a tuning key, and they really sound great! They're just gorgeous, so I wrapped them and brought them to my daughter and said I forgot to put this one under the tree! She was entirely surprised and so happy to receive them! They're much , much nicer than I expected for the price, I paid around 45 dollars. We have been having a lot of fun with them, when friends stop by for a visit people can't help but pick them up and drum :) and that's what music shall about!



Eastar EBO-21 Bongo Drum Set 7'' and 8'' Buffalo Leather African Drum Wood Percussion Instrument with Bag and Tuning Wrench Review:


 Those are real double rim bongos. The natural wood and real skin heads give them a warm and resonant tone. One of my skins has a slight blemish, I guess it's due to using natural materials instead of man-made, but it doesn't affect the sound. I use mine to go play with friends, and the carrying case is great, especially because carrying the bongos in the rain could affect the skins and the tuning.
The bongos are playable out of the box (video) but most people would prefer to have a higher tone: simply use the wrench provided to turn the bolts at the bottom. Turn each bolt 1/4 turn, then decide if you like the sound. or repeat tightening the bolts until you like it. If you use YouTube videos to learn how to play, try to tune to roughly the same tone as in the video, it helps! You may hear some creaking, but it's natural when using natural materials, don't be scared to play with the tuning. The wrench comes with a fabric bag to prevent it from banging around when carrying the bongos, which is a nice touch.
Fun fact: the smaller drum is called the "macho" (male), and the larger drum is called the "hembra" (female). Play with the bongo between your legs, with the macho on the left.

My community has "drum circles" where random people com with their percussion instruments and play together. Great to learn about all kind of rhythms. The bongos are a great instrument for this because they are easily portable and are easy for beginners: at first just do simple slaps of the drum (maybe copying someone else's main beat), but as you become more confident you can use thumb and fingertip strikes ans use both drums as you learn more complex patterns.



Eastar EBO-1 Bongo Drums 2 Sets 6” and 7” Wood Percussion Instrument Bongos for Kids Adults Beginners Natural Skin Heads with Tuning Wrench and Bag Review:


Okay, they were for a time almost a cliché. Bearded 1950s hipster poets beating on them while speaking rapturously of bright stars, dark skies and death. But even when true -- and that was how bongos were often seen and used -- they were still, even then, great drums. Easy to play, expressive and highly portable.

But truth be told that is not the only way bongos were used. Not even back then. I, for instance, have a photo on my wall of myself during my time with The Abstracts, on stage, with the group's drummer using bongos in then very popular rock song. (see attached photos) It thus should be no surprise that bongos are back. Again cool. What is a surprise, at least to me, is that one can get a really nice looking, fine playing, set of bongos for as little as these Eastar set sell for here on Amazon.

Real wood. Real skins, not the fake stuff you'd expect at this price (wow!). And truly tunable.

That last point is critical -- their being tunable.

Good bongos always were. That was one of the things that separated them from the not too good ones those hipster poets sometimes played. For bongos sound best when the skins are taut and when the pitch between the two drums sounds like a clean octave.

With the Eastar EBO-1 bongos that is easy to achieve. Why they even come with a simple tuning tool!

And a case. A nicely padded one.

Said to be "for kids, adults and beginners," in truth these bongos are good for almost anyone. They look nice. The feel good in and under one's hands. And they sound terrific.

Yes, Bongos are back! And I, for one, "dig it." :D



Rhythm Band Bongo Drum (RB1025A) Review:


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!

EDIT 06/12/2015
They are finally damaged by my 3 year old, but still work (see photo). The kids do not play with the bongos regularly, but I'm still surprised they held up so long. No complaints and I feel they were worth the money we paid ($24 at the time).

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Bongo Drum Set for Adults Kids Beginners Professionals, Upgrade Packaging, Set of 6 and 7 inch Tunable Percussion Instruments, Natural Animal Hides Hickory Shells Wood Metal with Tuning Wrench Review:


I bought these for my kids. Ok, and me too. I wasn't sure how good these were going be considering the lower price. But I was pleasantly surprised when I opened them and begin reciting slam poetry.
Ok, that didn't happen... But seriously, these bongos are top notch. Well built and sound amazing.



Union One Earth UB1 Bongo Drums Review:


I ordered this as a birthday present for my 12 year old son. I was really impressed with the quality as well as the sound. My son loves them! Unfortunately his younger brother threw something at them the 2nd day he had them and put a hole in one of the heads. I contacted the seller to find out about buying a replacement head. They responded immediately to find out which head was broken and said they would see what they could do to fix it. I received an email the very next day letting me know there wasn't a replacement head and they would ship us another set. That kind of customer service is very hard to find these days. My son was so happy....and so was his younger brother who was going to be shelling out the money for a new set!



Bongo Drum Set for Adults Kids Beginners Professionals, Upgrade Packaging, Set of 6 and 7 inch Tunable Percussion Instruments, Natural Animal Hides Hickory Shells Wood Metal with Tuning Wrench Review:


I bought these for my kids. Ok, and me too. I wasn't sure how good these were going be considering the lower price. But I was pleasantly surprised when I opened them and begin reciting slam poetry.
Ok, that didn't happen... But seriously, these bongos are top notch. Well built and sound amazing.



Rhythm Band Bongos Junior 6 in. H x 5 in. and 4-1/4 in. Dia Review:


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!

EDIT 06/12/2015
They are finally damaged by my 3 year old, but still work (see photo). The kids do not play with the bongos regularly, but I'm still surprised they held up so long. No complaints and I feel they were worth the money we paid ($24 at the time).

My goal is to provide a thorough review to assist others with their purchase, as there are many choices on Amazon and I personally rely on reviews when making most of my purchases. If my review was helpful to you, please choose “yes” below. Otherwise, choose “no” and please leave a constructive comment and I will take your thoughts and/or suggestions into consideration for future reviews.