ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

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ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby Espresso » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:29 pm

Hi conguero
If someone own Echo Tone drums , I would ask to post a picture of them.
I would like to understand how are common these drums.
Thank You

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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby Omelenko1 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:07 pm

Frank Mesa started making Eco Tone congas/bongos around 1957 till around 1971, when he couldn't compete with mass produced LPs. It took Frank one month to make a drum. They were sold at Manny's on 48th St in Manhattan. Back in the day, the big names played Eco Tone: Candido, Patato, Ray Barretto, Willie Bobo, Frankie Malabe....... Photo of my Ecos. Truly collectible congas.

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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby JohnnyConga » Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:28 am

Here is a photo of me and my 1960's Eco Tones 1967 NYC...with "no neck"..made by Frank Mesa...and given to me by my first teacher Hank Fields...and a set owned and played by fellow conga drummer in the midwest...
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby Espresso » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:21 pm

No more Echo Tones?
One more pic I have found in the web.
Bye Bye
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby JohnnyConga » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:26 am

THE PHOTO ABOVE WITH Juan playing an Eco-tone fiberglass I bought at a pawn shop for 5 bucks from the X timbale player Manny Ramos of that band-who sold me the pawn shop ticket ..back around 1971 I have one photo of me with it gotta find it...and then the "no neck' Eco-tones Im playing were given to me by my first teacher Hank Fields...and they were GREAT!...
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby Espresso » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:22 pm

Thank Jhonny to Your help , enclosed a picture of LP Dancin & Prancin of Candido.
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby bongosnotbombs » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:14 am

Tito Echo
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby Omelenko1 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:21 am

Eco Tones Joey Pastrana
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby KING CONGA » Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:29 pm

Here are some, in fact, some that look like yours.
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby Espresso » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:37 pm

Hi King Conga , nice room!!
Now I understand I am not the only congaholic
The Yellow congas are 99% mine , probably a picture of the previous owner.
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby KING CONGA » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:51 pm

Espresso wrote:Hi King Conga , nice room!!
Now I understand I am not the only congaholic
The Yellow congas are 99% mine , probably a picture of the previous owner.
Bye

One thing can be said with all certainty in regards to these wonderful drums, that they are all, each one of them, unique. Each one was individually hand painted.
There is an old 70"s movie called "Super fly" in which it shows a guy at a bar grooving with a nice pair of blue echo tones. You can watch this for a good while so you can have a good look at them.


"congaholics" :mrgreen: , are you kidding, that's an understatement for all of us here in the forum, we are all sick with that disease :mrgreen: . I tend to call us "Conga junkies" :mrgreen:
Cheers.
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby JohnnyConga » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:24 pm

The guy playing with Curtis Mayfield is the late great Master Henry Gibson...he passed away in Sweden in 2002...
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby rhythmrhyme » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:44 pm

Hey Echo tone enthuziasts!

Was there any sound quality advantage or disatvantage to having a neck on the old echo tone drums?
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby KING CONGA » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:04 pm

JohnnyConga wrote:Here is a photo of me and my 1960's Eco Tones 1967 NYC...with "no neck"..made by Frank Mesa...and given to me by my first teacher Hank Fields...and a set owned and played by fellow conga drummer in the midwest...
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Black and White Eco Tones from Manny's.jpg


Man Johnny those echos are awesome. Do you still own them? better yet, do you want to sell them :mrgreen:
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Re: ECHO TONE CONGA LIST

Postby Jackson_B » Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:49 am

KING CONGA wrote:One thing can be said with all certainty in regards to these wonderful drums, that they are all, each one of them, unique. Each one was individually hand painted.
There is an old 70"s movie called "Super fly" in which it shows a guy at a bar grooving with a nice pair of blue echo tones. You can watch this for a good while so you can have a good look at them.

"congaholics" :mrgreen: , are you kidding, that's an understatement for all of us here in the forum, we are all sick with that disease :mrgreen: . I tend to call us "Conga junkies" :mrgreen:
Cheers.
K.C.


Here's a clip from 'Superfly' where a guy is playing maybe a pair of light blue Echo Tones and a third red one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYNhhq22_Ak
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