Bongo Mania!






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     Remove the old head from your drum, and put all the lugs and hardware in a bag or someplace so you don't lose any of it.

     Remove the metal ring (called the flesh hoop) from inside the edge of the old head. You can cut it out with a sharp blade, but the easiest way is to soak the head in water for a few hours. You will also need to soak the new hide, so do that at the same time.

     You want the hide to be extremely soft and pliable. Thin hides will only need a few hours of soaking, but thick hides will need to soak overnight.

     Be sure to tell your roommates or spouse what you're doing, so they don't go to shower in the morning and freak out when they see a big chunk of skin floating in the tub!

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