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The Roberto Quintero Signature Congas


The Roberto Quintero Signature CongasThe Roberto Quintero signature congas from Gon Bops are made from premium fiberglass shells, California Series Contour Hardware, and custom REMO Skyndeep heads. The drums create a perfectly balanced sound—deep, resonant bass tones and loud, cutting highs. The congas come in conga, tumba, and super tumba sizes, plus paired 7-inch and 8.5-inch bangos. “Roberto Quintero is one of the world’s premiere congueros, and working with him to develop these outstanding drums was an honor,” says Gon Bops Brand Manager Luis Cardoso.