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Rare Antique Gon Bop Conga Drum with Original Stand, Modernist Design

$1,350

About

The Gon Bops legend began in 1954 California when Cuban-American Mariano Bobadilla, who would go on to become one of the most highly-regarded conga builders in the percussion industry – started designing and building Cuban-style Conga and Bongo drums. A band instrument repairman and professional trumpet player, Bobadilla launched Gon Bops in his father’s old wooden garage in a Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood. He chose the name Gon Bops because “Gon” was one of the colloquial expressions of the time, as in, “everything is gone, man” – and “Bops” because his friends nicknamed him Bob, which sounded like “Bop” in the Cuban dialect. While Bobadilla’s drums remained true to the Classic Cuban shape, he was a genuine innovator in the development of drum hardware. He designed the first teardrop crown with rounded counter hoops, developed to protect players’ hands – a concept that is now universally accepted. He also gave birth to the first tunable hardware for congas and bongos in the United States. Having witnessed Cuban conga players heating up drums in their kitchens prior to performing, Bobadilla decided there had to be a simpler more reliable method to tension these instruments, This is a high end professional musical instrument, for a serious player as well as a wonderful Modernist Object of Art, sculpture.

Details

  • Creator
    Gon Bops 1 (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 43 in. (109.22 cm)Diameter: 11 in. (27.94 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Early Gon Bop cONGA..retains original finish,,original head (skin) Age appropriate wear,,.
  • Seller Location
    Buffalo, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU106243863722

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Buffalo, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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