I acquired these bongos after a disappointing test on a model of entry. These bongos GALAXY LP are entering another dimension, more professional. An exemplary manufacturing (solid Ash), golden hardware, beautiful aesthetic. Contact with skin is nice, facilitated by the shape of the hoop (rounded), the sound is beautiful, balanced. Although not a drummer I think it makes any difference on the most common models. This instrument is designed for enthusiasts and professionals. I do it again without hesitation that choice is really what I was looking for a serious introduction to Cuban music. Its price? 285 euros, an investment that is worthwhile because it was fun to play this instrument also so beautiful that the exhibits with joy at home!