LP Introduces New LP Guicharo

Posted on February 6th, 2013 by admin

LP Guicharo

Durable, modernized version of the Puerto Rican percussion staple.

Latin Percussion is proud to introduce the LP Guicharo, a durable, precision-molded plastic alternative to the traditional instrument fashioned from natural gourds. Every LP Guicharo features a gourd-like shape with perfectly-spaced grooves for a consistent sound. Each LP Guicharo includes a scraper and an LP-branded padded drawstring bag.

The LP Guicharo (LP245) is available at an MSRP of $59. The LP Guicharo Scraper (LP245-S) is also available separately at an MSRP of $9.


LP Introduces New Sound Platform for Congas

Posted on February 6th, 2013 by admin

LP Conga Sound Platform

Wooden base with non-slip rubber base projects sound when playing conga on the floor.

Latin Percussion now gives conga players more projection for their floor-standing drums with the new LP Sound Platform. Featuring a 13″ wooden base with built-in carrying handle, the LP Sound Platform has a textured non-slip star-pattern rubber pad that firmly holds a conga in place while allowing sound to resonate from the bottom of the drum.

The LP Sound Platform (MSRP: $69) fits all Latin Percussion Quintos, Congas, Tumbadoras and Super Tumbas.

“The LP Sound Platform gives floor-mounted congas the kind of powerful sound one would obtain from a rack-mounted drum,” said Victor Filonovich, Director of Product for Latin Percussion. “The platform is lightweight and convenient to set up on stage.”


LP Adds Flavor to Bass Drum Sound with New Jingle Kick

Posted on February 6th, 2013 by admin

LP Jingle Kick

Durable pedal-mounted jingle stick sounds great against a bass drum or jam block.

Latin Percussion is proud to announce a lively alternative to the conventional bass drum beater with the new LP Jingle Kick. The durable, high-impact plastic jingle stick attaches to most bass drum pedals as a beater head, with six pairs of nickel-plated steel jingles providing a crisp, new sound. The LP Jingle Kick is available at an MSRP of $39.

In addition, owners of the LP Fusheki pedal bracket can now replace the maraca with the new LP Jingle Kick in minutes.

“The LP Jingle Kick allows drummers to layer their bass drum sound with the bright sound of jingles,” said Victor Filonovich, Director of Product for Latin Percussion. “Installing it is as easy as changing the beater on your bass drum pedal.”

LP Introduces a New Foot Tambourine

Posted on February 6th, 2013 by admin

LP Foot Tambourine

Contoured body and elastic band allow players to add a jingle to their beat in seconds.

Latin Percussion is proud to introduce the LP Foot Tambourine (MSRP: $20), an accessory that simply slips over the player’s foot via an elastic band and is an ideal accompaniment for cajon players or guitarists. The four pairs of nickel-plated jingles are held in place by a patented jingle pinning system, and are encased in a contoured high-impact ABS plastic frame.


LP Expands Brazilian Percussion Line with Six New Instruments

Posted on February 6th, 2013 by admin

LP TanTan & LP Rebolo

New options for percussionists wanting to integrate the Brazilian sound into their setup.

Latin Percussion is proud to announce the introduction of six new drums and accessories to its Brazilian percussion category: the Wood Timbau, Rebolo, Tan Tan, Chocalhos and Brass Cuica.

LP Wood Timbau
LP’s new Wood Timbau (MSRP: $400) has a 35″ inverted conical shell with a lacquered natural wood finish. The timbau is top-tuning, with eight lugs, a 14″ synthetic head and a non-slip rubber bottom. A drum key is included.

LP Tan Tan
Great for solid bass sound in smaller settings, the LP Tan Tan has a 27-1/2″ lacquered natural wood shell, a traditional hook-tuning system and non-slip rubber bottom. The 14″ dual-layer synthetic naugahyde drum head is designed to reduce overtones. The LP Tan Tan (MSRP: $349) comes with an adjustable strap.

LP Rebolo
The LP Rebolo, a smaller version of the Tan Tan, is ideal as an off-beat accompaniment to its larger cousin. Featuring an 18″ lacquered natural wood shell with 14″ synthetic head, the LP Rebolo (MSRP: $289) has a traditional hook-tuning system, a non-slip rubber bottom and comes with adjustable strap.

LP Chocalhos

LP Chocalhos
A staple in Samba music, LP Chocalhos are jingle sticks available in two sizes. LP Small Chocalhos (LP3601 – MSRP: $99) have three rows of five multi-jingles made of galvanized aluminum affixed to a lightweight aluminum frame. Large Chocalhos (P3602 – MSRP: $109) are made with three rows of five dual-jingles.

LP Brass Cuica
The LP Brass Cuica features an 8″ x 10-1/2″ brass shell with goatskin head and machined hardware with an innovative top-tuning design. The included playing stick provides a powerful response when rubbed with a wet cloth to generate sound within the drum. The LP Brass Cuica (MSRP: $299) comes with an adjustable shoulder strap.


New LP Aspire Congas and Bongos in Exotic, Lightweight Jamjuree Wood

Posted on August 20th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

LP Aspire Jamjuree Wood Congas and BongosLatin Percussion has just introduced a new edition of its Aspire Congas and Bongos made from exotic Jamjuree wood. Sometimes called Siam Walnut, Jamjuree is 15% lighter in weight than Siam Oak, yet still delivers stunning tone and resonance. Jamjuree is also one of the most uniquely beautiful woods LP has ever used. Its wood grain ranges from a radiant gold to a deep, rich walnut-colored brown, resulting in dramatic visual contrast. To further enrich the wood’s natural beauty, the drums are coated with a satin-like, matte lacquer finish.

The congas are 28″ tall and come in sets of two with head combinations of 10″ and 11″. The drums are fitted with natural rawhide heads and chrome 5/16″ diameter tuning lugs. To help minimize hand trauma, the congas are equipped with EZ Curve Rims. The rims and side plates are in an attractive black powder coated finish that enhances the drums unique finish. Conga sets come with an LP Aspire Slide Mount Double Conga Stand, which is fully height adjustable. To complete the ensemble, we’ve also added matching bongos with 6-3/4” and 8” natural rawhide heads and steel bottom rims.

LP Aspire Jamjuree Wood BongosThe new LP Aspire Jamjuree Wood Conga Set (LPA646-SW) carries an MSRP of $549. The list price for the matching bongos (LPA601-SW) is $149. Both will be available in October 2012.


LP Americana Series Cajons

Posted on May 1st, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Latin Percussion announced the release of its new Americana Series of Cajons. Manufactured entirely in the USA, Americana Cajons are constructed using hand-selected, 11-ply, plantation grown Baltic Birch, chosen for its superior durability and incredible resonance. The Americana Series makes its debut featuring three distinct models, a String Style cajon, a Snare Style model and a traditional Peruvian model. Each cajon is carefully made by hand using a uniquely engineered design and shape that optimizes the instrument’s acoustic performance and delivers a rich, satisfying tonal range. In addition, all of the materials used in the manufacturing of the Americana Series meet Phase II CARB Compliance and Lacey Act Standards.

“With the Americana Series, LP has a taken a giant leap forward in our Cajon offering,” said Victor Filonovich, Director of Product Management. “Months of research went into choosing the optimal selection of materials to maximize our advanced design and ultimately produce the best sounding cajons ever made.

What’s more, our decision to manufacture these instruments in the United States, near our world headquarters in Garfield, New Jersey affords us the opportunity to closely monitor product quality and continue to work with our manufacturing facility on developing more new instruments quickly and efficiently.”

To further ensure the quality of every Americana Series cajon, each instrument receives a final ten-point inspection by a quality control specialist before it is boxed to ship. The specialist closely examines each cajon and upon approval, hand signs an inspection certificate that is placed in the carton with the drum.

LP1437 LP Americana Cajon

The Americana String Style Cajon (LP1437) uses a hand-selected, exotic African Sapele wood front plate and highly responsive, custom-designed D’Addario® strings. The combination of the two results in a crisp vocalization that’s essential for the traditional Flamenco sound. LP’s state-of-the-art tuning mechanism is easy to reach and allows the player to control string sensitivity and tonal response with a standard drum key. The String Style Cajon features angled corners for added player comfort and measures 11 3/4″ x 11 7/8″ x 19″. MSRP for the String Style Cajon is $459.

LP1438 Americana Cajon

With a front plate made from hand-selected exotic lyptus and okoume wood, the Americana Snare Style Cajon (LP1438) uses Puresound® Custom Pro brass snare wires that produce a lively, sizzling articulation, that’s bright and resonant. Like the String Style model, the Snare Style Cajon has angled corners for player comfort and measures 11 3/4″ x 11 7/8″ x 19″. The American Series Snare Style Cajon has an MSRP of $429.

LP1439 Americana Cajon

To round out the introduction of the series, LP also created the Americana Peruvian Style Cajon (LP1439) The hand-selected, exotic African okoume wood front plate produces a wide spectrum of traditional Peruvian-style cajon sounds, from the highest-pitched slaps to the deepest, most thunderous bass tones. With its precision dovetail construction, the Peruvian Style Cajon measures 11 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ x 19 1/2″ and carries an MSRP of $359.

“With the Americana Series, LP refused to settle for anything less than exceptional quality and premium performance,” said LP Vice President and General Manager Joe Vasko. “LP has a well-earned reputation for developing and producing the world’s greatest percussion instruments and the Americana Series of Cajons is no exception.”

Whether it be a percussionist needing a premium cajon to perform traditional world music or a drum set player looking for a portable rhythmic solution for “unplugged” gigs, the Americana Series Cajons from LP are among the most well-built, best sounding cajons in the world.

LP Winners for DRUM! Magazine Readers Poll

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

LP congratulates all LP artists who were selected as a winner or nominee in the 17th Annual DRUM! Magazine Drummies Awards.

Ray Enhoffer – LP Memorial

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Ray EnhofferRaymond J. Enhoffer 64 of Clifton died suddenly on Saturday, June 30, 2012. Born in Passaic, he was a lifelong Clifton resident. Raymond received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Julliard at Manhattan School of Music in NYC. He was employed has the Director of Research and Development at Latin Percussion in Garfield for 26 years prior to starting his own business, Filament Solutions in 2011.

Raymond is predeceased by his loving wife, the former, Karen Kaplysh, and by his parents Joseph and Susan Enhoffer. He is survived by his cherished daughter and best friend Kelly Enhoffer of Clifton, by his brother, Kenneth Enhoffer and wife, Beth of Sussex, by his nephew, Matthew Enhoffer of St. Petersburg FL, by his girlfriend, Cheryl Giacobe of Succasunna and by his cat, Eric.




Ray Enhoffer was a true gentleman, great friend and an invaluable asset to LP. He was always one step ahead making sure the LP gear was top notch, and always kept me in the loop of all new products. The love he had for his work was like no other. I will truly miss his sincere friendship and great sense of humor. May he rest in peace.
- Eddie Montalvo, LP Artist & Ruben Blades Conguero


Our LP family has lost a great friend, a brother, a true PATRIARCH, RAY ENHOFFER. He was the 3rd eye for musicians at LP. I will miss his laugh and that 2nd look I often got from him! With love and admiration, I will miss you…
- Karl Perazzo, LP Artist & Santana’s Timbalero


Ray’s contributions to LP and their instruments are too numerous to name. His passion…….priceless. He was a good man. A good friend and my smoking buddy. I will miss him.”
- Raul Rekow, LP Artist and Santana’s Conguero


Ray was a part of the LP family who contributed to LP’s success and innovation in percussion. It was an honor knowing him. He will be missed.
- Richie Gajate Garcia, LP Artist, Master Clinician & Percussionist


I’m so sorry to learn of Ray’s passing. Ray was always so kind to me and I’ll always remember the moments I shared with him at NAMM, laughing and joking together and of course, for all the great innovations he made to LP and the drumming community at large. His family and friends are in my heart and in my prayers.
- Kurt Rasmussen, LP Artist & Percussionist for “O” by Cirque du Soleil


I knew Ray professionally as an endorser and friend of LP. Upon my many visits to the office, Ray was always quick with a smile and greeting, and over the years we became friends. It quickly became apparent to me that he possessed two of the qualities that I admire in people: an unyieldingly high standard in his work (and what he demanded of himself at that work), and a perceptive eye for spotting the genuine article (which is a nice way to say that Ray could spot BS in a second). I considered him an expert in his field, a truly creative mind, a man who did the highest quality work with a minimum of fanfare, and a real gentleman. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting and working with him. Rest in peace, Ray.
– Joe Bergamini, LP Artist, Educator & Performer


I got to know Ray through my various visits at LP, PASIC and NAMM. He was a straight ahead type of person; no nonsense, what you see is what you get, and very sincere. Perhaps, that is why we got along so well. He was very knowledgeable not only as a designer of percussion products but also playing percussion which he had studied. Thank you my friend, RIP.
- Victor Rendon, LP Artist, Educator & Bandleader


I first met Ray when I was a kid helping setup the LP booth at PASIC Los Angeles around 1990. I didn’t see him again until 2005 at a NAMM show after I’d become an LP Artist. I knew his face but we couldn’t place the association. Two minutes later, Ray snapped his fingers and exclaimed he knew exactly where & when. Ray had just remembered some 19 year-old kid that helped him open up cardboard boxes one year at a PASIC show. Fifteen years had passed and to think about all the people he’d met in that time. Amazing!
-Matt O’Connor -LP Artist, Percussionist with Rod Stewart


I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Ray Enhoffer. I met him at the LP offices, quite some time ago, along with yourself, Martin Cohen, Marcia, Teresa, and we discussed about a piece of equipment I was missing (heavy duty clamp for bongo stand). A couple of days later I received it at a hotel that I was staying at while on tour in the USA with ANGGUN. He had made it especially for me and it has worked perfectly ever since. I still use it to this day. Thank you LP. Thanks Ray, RIP.
- Patrick Buchmann, LP Artist & Percussionist


I knew Ray professionally through my years as an editor at Modern Drummer, as well as a sometime contributor to LP promotional writing projects. I also knew him personally, since we were both residents of North Jersey and had similar playing backgrounds in the area clubs.

Ray was a rare combination of idealist and pragmatist–a man who could get as excited as a child about a cool new percussion “toy,” but who understood the realities of the music business. He was extremely generous with his time, his expertise, and his opinions. (And he’d express the latter with one of the driest wits I’ve ever known.)

Ray’s passing is a loss to drummers and percussionists everywhere. I know I’ll miss him tremendously.
- Rick Van Horn
Former editor, Modern Drummer Magazine
Current touring drummer, Jay & The Americans


I will always remember Ray for his quick sarcastic wit, his unyielding standards in his work, his infectious laugh and his soft spot for animals (and chocolate!). I am grateful to have known him and worked and traveled with him through the years at LP.
–Heidi Schaeffer, LP Creative Director


I’ll always remember Ray for his passion and commitment to sound, his love for dark chocolate, conversions about our kooky cats and the mystery coffee cup with stirrer that always sat warm on the suggestion box in the kitchen.

Ray’s spirit will forever reverberate through the universe and be carried on the sound waves of the instruments he helped create.
I will miss you,

- Nadine Fiume, LP Marketing Coordinator


Ray Enhoffer was one in a million! He had an outrageous sense of humor and never missed a beat when it came to finding humor in everyday life. We often enjoyed reciting lines from Seinfeld episodes and always, when we passed each other in the halls at LP; we would always greet each other with a HELLO RAYMOND – HELLO NEWMAN, mimicking Newman and Seinfeld.

Both chocoholics, I knew if there was dark chocolate in the office I better hurry and get my stash before Ray beat me to it. Usually he did!

His love of music, especially percussion, was obvious in the instruments that he helped design and his legacy will certainly live on for generations.

May heaven be overflowing with music and dark chocolate, dear friend, RIP.
– Marcia Stevenson, LP Sr. Website Manager


Ray was the face of percussion. He had a passion for it and would never settle for anything but the best in what he was working on. He cherished his job at LP as much as he cherished his daughter. He had a big heart and would always lend an ear if something was on your mind. Although Ray may have now passed on, his contributions to LP and the world of percussion will go on forever! Rest my friend!
-Steve Grecco, LP Director of National Sales


Ray was an integral part of LP’s history and reputation. His attention to detail and pursuit of perfection became hallmarks of what LP is known for. He contributed deeply to the creation of a first call brand used by top musicians the world over and has earned the complete respect of his peers for this accomplishment.
-Angelo Arimborgo, LP Director of Sales


Ray Enhoffer was a great friend and colleague. If he saw someone who needed a hand, he was the first person to help those in need. He had a strong personality, but underneath it was a compassionate, sensitive person who loved animals and appreciated life. We are all going to miss his acerbic wit and great sense of humor. Godspeed, Ray.
- Steve Nigohosian, LP Artists Relations Director


I worked with Ray for 14 years and he was a kindhearted and fun loving man. I remember when he told me that Kelly wanted a cat and wasn’t happy about the idea. Suddenly, when the cat was brought home, he couldn’t do enough for it. He would come in every day with a loving story about his new cat. That’s the kind of man Ray was. He was a chocoholic, as we all were, and I would have to ration the chocolate in my office before Ray came in and ate it all. Of course, the next day, he would come in with a replacement bag. He will not be forgotten in the world of music and our hearts.
-Catherine McDermott, Former LP Executive Assistant


My closest relationship with Ray was with food. Ray loved (like me) corn muffins. I remember the first time he saw me with one while I prepared my coffee at the LP and said “where is mine?”. I then shared half of it with him and he enjoyed it so much I knew better than to come to the office with ‘one muffin’ only!
-Memo Acevedo, LP Education Coordinator


“Raymond Enhoffer” is what I would call Ray when he was up to no good : )) Actually when we were both up to no good!!! Usually making fun of someone or planning a joke on someone. I’ll always remember Ray for his witty sense of humor, his huge smile and off course his passion and dedication for innovative creations. He has touched many in the Music Industry but most specially his “LP Family”. RIP Raymond
-Respectfully, Terry Tlatelpa, Artists Relations Coordinator


LP and Toca Endorsers Receive Latin Grammy Awards

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Earlier in the month, LP Endorsers Eddie Montalvo, Robby Ameen and Jorge Gonzalez and Toca Endorser Richie Marrero visited the LP and Toca Headquarters in Garfield, NJ, proudly displaying their new Latin Grammy Awards.

All four percussionists are members of Ruben Blades’ band, Seis Del Solar, whose recording, Todos Vuelven Live, recently won the Latin Grammy® for Best Salsa album. All four artists received the coveted award for their work on the recording.

“We are so proud to have these stellar artists on our endorser roster,” said Steve Nigohosian, Director of Artist Relations for LP, Toca, Gretsch and Gibraltar. “This is a well deserved honor and we’re thrilled that these gentlemen are being recognized for their talent and many years of contributing to Latin music.”

“Just playing in a band and being surrounded by such immense talent is a true privilege in itself,” said renowned LP Artist Eddie Montalvo. “But to then be awarded such a prestigious honor on top of that it’s icing on the cake!”

A wide variety of LP and Toca instruments were used during the recording of Todos Vuelven Live including LP congas, djembes, bongos, cowbells, blocks and shakers. Marrero used a wide variety of Toca hand percussion during the tour and the recording of the award-winning album.