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how to tune a bongo?
    #3886193 - 03/08/05 07:48 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

A few weeks ago I bought a bongo and a djembe from someone because I wanted to have tsome percussion instruments to play with. the djembe was used a lot but still sounded good and the bongo was almost new. Now the bongo sounds out of tune but I have no clue how I can tune it.
any suggestions?


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Re: how to tune a bongo? [Re: stefan]
    #3886516 - 03/08/05 11:07 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

try google? http://artdrum.com/ESSAY_BONGO_TUNING.HTM

if you dont have tuning heads it looks like youll have to do it by heating them near a fire :p


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Re: how to tune a bongo? [Re: vampirism]
    #3886543 - 03/08/05 11:21 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I already found that site, but thatnks for posting the link so i odn't have to look for it again :cool:

The thing is both drums on a bongo have a different sound; a different tuning. I'm guessing it's a 5th (edit, I just read it's about a fourth) from one to another but I'm not sure. also I don't know how exactly they are supposed to sound so that's why I asked. I want to know the right tuning and how to 'get there'.

but I'll try to do this:
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Tighten the drum up gradually, but rather than listening for a particular pitch, go for a feel. Use your ears; listen carefully and critically.  The macho (male, or smaller) head will start to have a "pop" to it at one point, it sings, the tone seems to emerge effortlessly with a touch. (Note: Use caution if you're not sure. Heads are like strings, they will break if stretched to hard.) The hembra [female head] is approximately a forth below the macho, perhaps not quite as tight.




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Re: how to tune a bongo? [Re: stefan]
    #3888674 - 03/08/05 07:37 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I read somewhere that bongos are normally tuned an octave apart, but really, you can tune them to whatever interval you like. The way I do it is press lightly on the middle of the skin and tap about an inch in from each lug. You should hear a distinct tone if you do this, and the trick is to tune all of the lugs so they produce the same tone. It might take a bit of experimentation to get the best tones and intervals. If you hit the resonant frequency of the drum the overall tone will ring out longer, which may or may not be desireable.

Dan


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Re: how to tune a bongo? [Re: chupucabras]
    #3889512 - 03/08/05 10:38 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

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chupucabras said:
I read somewhere that bongos are normally tuned an octave apart, but really, you can tune them to whatever interval you like. The way I do it is press lightly on the middle of the skin and tap about an inch in from each lug. You should hear a distinct tone if you do this, and the trick is to tune all of the lugs so they produce the same tone. It might take a bit of experimentation to get the best tones and intervals. If you hit the resonant frequency of the drum the overall tone will ring out longer, which may or may not be desireable.

Dan




Everything he said.

Just a little tid bit of info, but if your bongos have no tuners, you can sprinkle water on the inside of the head, and it will tighten up in a few hours.


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Re: how to tune a bongo? [Re: chupucabras]
    #3890354 - 03/09/05 01:29 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

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chupucabras said:
I read somewhere that bongos are normally tuned an octave apart, but really, you can tune them to whatever interval you like. The way I do it is press lightly on the middle of the skin and tap about an inch in from each lug. You should hear a distinct tone if you do this, and the trick is to tune all of the lugs so they produce the same tone. It might take a bit of experimentation to get the best tones and intervals. If you hit the resonant frequency of the drum the overall tone will ring out longer, which may or may not be desireable.

Dan




that's true... also tune the lugs in a star pattern


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Re: how to tune a bongo? [Re: StonedShroom]
    #3890484 - 03/09/05 02:04 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

and try to keep them in a place where the temperature is steady and constant. Drastic temp changes, like just bringing them outside, can detune them pretty quick.


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Re: how to tune a bongo? [Re: chupucabras]
    #3890820 - 03/09/05 03:05 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

thanks for the information :laugh:

I'll wait with tuning until I have found myself another place to live, I'm currently looking. The temp in this room can vary a lot, especially since it's winter now so that might be the cause of the detuning.


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Re: how to tune a bongo? [Re: vampirism]
    #3892513 - 03/09/05 01:45 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I used to leave mine in the sun for a while to tighten up. I do not know how good that is over time on the skin, but oh well.


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Re: how to tune a bongo? [Re: Jim]
    #3892525 - 03/09/05 01:48 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

my bongo has tuners


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