Skin Supplier List

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Skin Supplier List

Postby taikonoatama » Mon Mar 19, 2007 5:36 pm

Skin Supplier List (last updated March 2, 2011)

There are no doubt other suppliers of which I'm not aware (esp. outside the US), so please send me the info and I'll add it to the list, as well as edits for what you see here. Also, I'm not breaking this down into mounted and un-mounted skins - some of these suppliers may sell pre-mounted skins at standard sizes, but mounting flat skins yourself is very do-able and so I'm not including that for now. Also not including info for widely available commercial skins (LP, Pearl, etc.) - they're easy enough for you to find. This list is purposely opinion-free, though I'm sure we'd all love everyone's feedback in the forum.

~James


USA
Isaac Gutwilik
(Isaac splits his time between Canada and the US.)
Canadian cow, bull, calf, elk, deer, buffalo (not asian)
Contact: Isaac Gutwilik (congaplace.com member "Isaac")
Tradicion Percussion Sales / Mid-East Percussion
Phone: (204) 416-3344
e-mail:
tradicionpercussion@gmail.com
jcrpercussion@gmail.com

L&H Percussion
Cow and mule
Contact: Michael
Address: New York
Phone: (908) 419-7364
http://www.landhpercussion.com
email: msb@landhpercussion.com

Slapskins
Cow skins from California, hand-selected for your needs
Contact: Tony Sternad
San Francisco Bay Area
USA
Phone: (707) 812-8812

Hereford Bi-Products, Inc.
Bull Skins and possibly more
Supplier to Fat Congas
Contact: Bill Confer
P.O. Box 2257
Hereford, TX 79045
USA
Phone: 1-800-358-4384 or 1-806-364-0951
Fax: 1-806-364-6583

Stern Tanning
Formerly United Rawhide of Chicago, the supplier of the original Gon Bops heads. "Every area of the hide is graded for thickness and quality. Our milling machines are up and running so that we can continue to make a uniform thickness. We follow specs that we have learned over the years from many in the industry. We can also make custom thicknesses."
Steer skins, graded to uniform thickness and slightly bleached
Contact: Jeff Stern
Stern Tanning Co., Inc.
4010 W Douglas Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Phone: 877-783-7682
Fax: 414 578-8640
http://www.sterntanning.com
e-mail: info@sterntanning.com

Timba Percussion
Steer Skin
Formerly Gon Bops - skins supplied (partially? fully?) by Stern Tanning
12903 Jurupa Ave.
Fontana, CA 92337
USA
Phone: (909) 292-6143
Fax: (951) 727-8932
http://www.timbapercussion.com/
e-mail: timbapercussion@charter.net

Resolution Drums
Contact: Ralph Flores (son of Tom Flores of Valje)
Steer skins supplied (partially? fully?) by Stern Tanning
16921 High Falls Street
Canyon Country, CA 91387
USA
Phone: (661) 251-1403
Fax: (661) 251-1951
http://www.resolutiondrums.com
e-mail: ralph0327@aol.com

Fat Congas
Bull Skin
Supplied by Bill Confer of Hereford Bi-Products
Skins selected to match your particular needs (drum type, music style, etc.)
Santa Barbara, CA
USA
Phone: (805) 969-6125
http://www.fatcongas.com/Conga_Skins.html
email: info@fatcongas.com

Isla Percussions
Possibly black angus - steer? cow? anyone know?
Southern California
Contact: Mario
e-mail: mpunchard@islapercussions.com
Phone: (310) 916-3425
Contact: Almaz
Phone: (310) 916-3751
http://islapercussions.com/
e-mail: isla2005@verizon.net

Resurrection Drums
Supplies and suppliers vary, but supposedly carry Pan Con Queso mule skins from Venezuela
(website down as of March 19, 2007)
9337 SW 40th
Miami, FL 33165
USA
Phone: (305) 559-6719
Phone: (954) 457-9020 (Hallandale store)

Chichester, Inc.
"Cow and so much more ... If it runs, climbs, hops, swims, or slithers, Chichester has got you covered."
Contact: Paul Crosby, President
Cowskin
2045 Niagara Falls Blvd., Unit 9
Niagara Falls, New York
14304-1675
USA
Toll Free: 1.800.206.6544 in U.S. and Canada
Phone: + 1.416.232.0376 Administrative and Sales Office
Fax: + 1.416.232.2297 Administrative and Sales Office
En Français + 1.416.821.6542 pour Français
Phone: + 1.716.298.1183 U.S. Distribution Center
Fax: + 1.716.298.0313 U.S. Distribution Center
http://www.chichesterinc.com
e-mail: info@chichesterinc.com

Axis Leather Works
Domestic deer and elk (whole hides)
802 E 2nd Place
PO Box 1282
Craig, CO 81626
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 328-8767
Phone: (970) 824-3256
Fax: (970) 824-5720
http://axisleather.qpg.com/
e-mail: axisinc@myway.com

Hawkdancing Studio
Goatskins from Mali, Guinea, Pakistan
Hawkdancing Studio
Contact: Nels Linde
#42 1-1/2 St
Clear Lake, WI 54005
USA
Phone: (715)-263-2756
http://hawkdancing.com/goatskin.shtml
e-mail: information@hawkdancing.com

Rhythm Traders
All kinds of skins - flats and pre-mounted, steer and water buffalo.
Check site for selection.
424 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
USA
Phone: (503) 288-6950
http://www.latinrhythmtraders.com/html/supplies.html#anchorcongaparts
e-mail: info@rhythmtraders.com

Skin on Skin Percussion
Steer, mounted or flats
Contact: Jay Bereck (or his apprentice)
Afton, New York
USA
Phone: (607) 639 2417

The Hide and Leather House
Cow, bull, goat, pig, deer, etc. ("which will be a 1/2 cowhide rolled up")
"You will pay in the neighborhood of about 85 dollars and a hide will usually yield you about 4 or 5 large skins and a couple of smaller ones for bongos maybe." -- Thebreeze (CP member)

Northern California:
595 Monroe Street
Napa, CA 94559
USA
Phone: (707) 255-6160
Phone: (800)-453-2847
International Orders: (707) 255-6160
http://www.hidehouse.com
e-mail: hideinfo@hidehouse.com

Southern California:
870 W. Cienega Avenue #7
San Dimas, CA 91773
USA
Phone: (866) 527-5467
International Orders: (909) 592-3311
http://www.hidehousesouth.com
e-mail: sales@hidehousesouth.com

Bongo Central
Goat, cow, horse, elk, antelope, moose
Contact: Bob
Address: N/A
Phone: N/A
http://www.bongocentral.com/goatskins.htm
email: bob@bongocentral.com

seisporocho1 (congaplace.com member)
Cow/Steer and Bull
- I have recently built a relationship with a wonderful tannery here in the US and I now have access to top quality skins straight from the source.
- On eBay I sell cow/steer conga & tumba rounds for $55 but for congaplace brothers, I can sell for $45. Bongos for $35.
PM him for more info.


CANADA

Moperc
Cow skins
Contact: Michel Ouellet
1670 Ch #7
St-Adrien, QC
Canada, J0A 1C0
CANADA
Phone: (819) 828-3482
Fax: (819) 828-0328
http://www.bongocentral.com/goatskins.htm
e-mail: info@moperc.com

Isaac Gutwilik / JCR Percussion
See his listing at the top under USA - Isaac splits his time between Canada and the US.


AUSTRALIA

H'Art of Drumming
Goat and cow hides available.
Contact: Simon Lewis
Coburg, Melbourne
AUSTRALIA
Phone: (0425) 753 553
http://www.drumming.com.au


GERMANY

FRITZ WÜRTH
Many kinds of skins
Contact: Fritz Würth
Feldbergstraße 11
79254 St. Wilhelm
Phone: 0049-7602 - 505
e-mail: vicedrums@tiscali.de


GREECE

DESCARGA PERCUSSION
Greek Mule Skins
From Olympus Mountain & Greek Islands
Contact: Theo "El Greco" Godas (Sales Manager)
15 Florinis,183 46
Moschato, Athens
Greece, GR.
Phone: (+30) 6944-941134
e-mail: descargapercussion@yahoo.com
e-mail #2: djombopercussion@yahoo.com
Congaplace UserName: El Greco
Last edited by taikonoatama on Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:06 am, edited 19 times in total.
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Postby deadhead » Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:55 pm

Awesome post! Bump, make it sticky! :D
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Postby blango » Sat May 26, 2007 11:26 pm

I have fine Cow hide for sale, hand selected by life long player. These are very nice skins. I can be reached at:

Slapskins
1019 Juarez St
Napa Ca 94559

707-812-8812

Thanks,

Tony Sternad
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Postby CongaTick » Mon May 28, 2007 11:10 am

taiko,

thanks a ton. super idea! copied and filed your post into my music folder for easy reference. big help.
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Postby bougara » Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:29 am

well done much needed post I am fed up of people charging $100 a skin when you can get them direct for $25.BillConfer at Hereford bi products very helpful will provide thickness of 10000
to 80 000 of an inch all perfect measured with micrometer
skins are tough and I have been opting for thinner than normal
but I play a very light style using bougarabou technique
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Postby Whopbamboom » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:09 pm

Are you guys interested in suppliers for other skins, such as goat, deer, fish, etc.?
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Postby Tuco » Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:45 am

Cow and so much more . . .

If it runs, climbs, hops, swims, or slithers, Chichester has got you covered. $10 to the first guy that sleeps in their warehouse ;-)

Antelope, Badger, Beaver, Black Bear, Blesbok, Blue Wildebeest, Boar, Boar Bok, Bobcat, Buffalo, Calf, Caribou, Carp, Chinchilla, Cow, Coyote, Deer, Donkey, Eel, Elk, Ermine, Fallow Deer, Finn Raccoon, Fisher, Fox, Goat - Angorra, Goat, Grizzly Bear, Groundhog, Hamster, Hartebeest, Horse, Hungarian Lamb, Impala, Kalgan Lamb, Kolinsky, Kudu, Lamb, Llama, Lynx, Marten, Merino Lamb, Mink, Mongolian Lamb, Moose, Mouflon, Mule Deer, Musk Ox, Muskrat, Nutria, Opossum - Australian, Opossum - North American, Otter, Pearl Lamb, Persian Lamb, Rabbit, Raccoon, Rattlesnake, Reindeer, Ringtail, Sable - Canadian, Sable - Russian, Shark, Sheep, Skunk, Slink, Springbok, Squirrel, Stingray, Swakara, Tibet Lamb, White Tail Deer Hides, Wild Boar, Wild Fur, Wolf, Wolverine, Woodchuck, and Zebra!

Chichester, Inc.
Contact: Paul Crosby, President
2045 Niagara Falls Blvd., Unit 9
Niagara Falls, New York
14304-1675 USA
E-mail: info@chichesterinc.com
Website: www.chichesterinc.com
Toll Free: 1.800.206.6544 in U.S. and Canada
Phone: + 1.416.232.0376 Administrative and Sales Office
Fax: + 1.416.232.2297 Administrative and Sales Office
En Français + 1.416.821.6542 pour Français
Phone: + 1.716.298.1183 U.S. Distribution Center
Fax: + 1.716.298.0313 U.S. Distribution Center
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Postby bongo » Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:09 pm

Tuco
I notice buffalo is on that list ... it is a very good skin that might work well on conga drums. I've a big pow wow drum that has it, and it has a fantastic tone (when it is not cold).
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Postby ralph » Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:23 pm

taikonoatama wrote:Isla Percussions
Skin type unknown (anyone know?)
Southern California
Contact: Mario
mpunchard@islapercussions.com
Phone: (310) 916-3751
http://islapercussions.com/

I believe ( i may be mistaken) that Mario uses steer skins on his drums...top quality...i don't know first hand but he's working on an okonkolo for me and for that he uses kip skins....
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Postby ABAKUA » Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:24 pm

deadhead wrote:Awesome post! Bump, make it sticky! :D

DONE!!! :;):
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Postby ralph » Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:25 pm

taikonoatama wrote:Isla Percussions
Skin type unknown (anyone know?)
Southern California
Contact: Mario
mpunchard@islapercussions.com
Phone: (310) 916-3751
http://islapercussions.com/

I believe ( i may be mistaken) that Mario uses steer skins on his drums...top quality...i don't know first hand but he's working on an okonkolo for me and for that he uses kip skins....excellent post by the way, i've printed out a copy already...
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Postby bongosnotbombs » Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:52 pm

I'm putting a plug in here for Tony Sternaud from Napa. His congaplace.com handle is blango.

I just got 3 steer skins from him, quinto, conga, tumba. They all have a great thickness, even throughout, good color and texture.

Best of all Tony picks them out from the dealer, he's an experienced player, and he knows what to look for. Then he can meet you and give you the skins in person, well at least if your in the Bay Area. Thats the deal I got.

It's very cool to have personal service like that. His prices are great and you save on shipping and handling from other suppliers. For guys in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tony is your man for skins.


Slapskins
Cow skins from California, hand-selected for your needs
Contact: Tony Sternad (congaplace.com member)
1019 Juarez St
Napa, CA 94559
Phone: (707)-812-8812




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Postby Tuco » Sun Nov 25, 2007 9:35 pm

Two more sources for your other drums . . .

Axis Leather Works
Domestic deer and elk (whole hides)
802 E 2nd Place
PO Box 1282
Craig, CO 81626
Toll-Free: (800) 328-8767
Phone: (970) 824-3256
Fax: (970) 824-5720
http://axisleather.qpg.com/
Email: axisinc@myway.com

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Hawkdancing Studio
Goatskins from Mali, Guinea, Pakistan
Hawkdancing Studio
Contact: Nels Linde
#42 1-1/2 St Clear Lake, WI 54005
(715)-263-2756
information@hawkdancing.com
http://hawkdancing.com/goatskin.shtml
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Postby TONE74 » Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:33 am

I'm going to second that comment from Bongosnotbombs about blango, Tony Sternard at Slapskins. I din't get mines hand delivered like him since I'm in the east coast but I'm more than happy with my purchase. You got another happy customer my brother. Peace
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Postby Chupacabra » Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:30 am

NEWS ALERT FOR ALL PERCUSSIONISTS AND ANYONE WHO MAKES USE OF COWHIDE OR EATS BEEF!
I have just witnessed some TV news footage of the most appalling and vile treatment of living animals anyone could ever imagine. The footage of the conditions at of "HALLMARK MEAT" of California has been filmed by undercover ASPCA agents. There is now a massive recall of beef products that I'm sure many of you may have already heard of.

If there are any skin suppliers who have this company on your list of suppliers I would strongly urge you to stop buying from them IMMEDIATELY!

Here is a link to a news article:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0c471a76-de91-11dc-9de3-0000779fd2ac.html

There is probably video out there somewhere but you would probably regret seeing it.

There are few things that bring out my foul temper - cruelty like this to any living creature is one of them! The ***-hole that I caught in my neighbourhood 2 years ago torturing his dog would testify to that...
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