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LP bata drums

Postby KentWindress » Wed May 17, 2017 7:33 am

I'm just wondering if anyone has any information on the approximate year that LP started making batá. This is for my (very nearly finished!) PhD thesis. I've tried contacting LP but because they were sold to DW a few years back they didn't have the info. I'm guessing they may have started making them in the 80's, but that's just a stab in the dark. If anyone may have seen them 'back in the day' this would be really helpful. Thanks!
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Re: LP bata drums

Postby vxla » Wed May 17, 2017 12:46 pm

Martin Cohen is on Facebook. Try pinging him.

Also, ask him why the hell the okonkolo is so small. :-)
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Re: LP bata drums

Postby Thomas Altmann » Wed May 17, 2017 5:59 pm

Hi Kent,

should have been at least 1978 or even before, according to a catalogue from that year.

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Re: LP bata drums

Postby KentWindress » Tue May 23, 2017 11:59 pm

That's great Thomas, thanks for that info! I tried tracking down some LP catalogues on the Internet, but didn't have any luck. I tried the Congahead FB page, but didn't get a reply. So the input from here is perfect. It's not a major part of my thesis, just a little detail that would be nice to add.
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Re: LP bata drums

Postby Thomas Altmann » Thu May 25, 2017 5:47 pm

You're welcome, Kent.

Of course we are talking about their fiberglass model. They claimed to have designed them with the help of Julito Collazo, which seems strange, considering Julito's traditionalism; because those drums did not look like anything traditional, particularly the hypertrophic iyá ...

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Re: LP bata drums

Postby niallgregory » Wed May 31, 2017 11:42 pm

I have heard patato valdez came up with the dimensions from memory and thats why they were strange sizes.
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Re: LP bata drums

Postby ABAKUA » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:16 pm

yeah, as I understand it, it was Patato which influenced their size and shape.
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