Meinl Free Ride Series Wood Bongo Drums
The only reason these don't rank higher is because taking them out of the house could mar their breathtaking, wavy-grain finish. Meinl continues to amaze with the Free Ride bongos. First of all they're completely handmade from white ash wood, hence the inflated price. But the really interesting aspect of these is the patented Free Ride Suspension System there's no center block with a big screw through it holding the drums together! So, hence, no unexpected loosening in the middle of a gig. Meinl's reputation for superbly tough hardware comes through here as well.