GP Bongo Drums
GP is one of those no-name brands that has a tendency to surprise with bits of low-cost excellence. It's actually the Sam Ash house brand. These hickory bongos are amazingly solid in both design, manufacturing and sound. The hardware is a little on the heavy side, but the rims are comfort-curved and less brutal on a beginner's hands than traditional rims may be. The biggest surprise from GP is the smooth, very playable skins that come with these drums. That's a plus because synthetic heads only come in 7- and 7.25-inch diameters for the macho. Like GP drum sets, these inexpensive bongos go a long way for such a small fee.