LP’s redesigned and improved Claw® — available on the new patent-pending EZ-Mount Mic Claw, Mic Claw, Perc Claw and Splash Claw—holds even tighter to drum and hand-percussion rims, amplifiers or other studio accessories, ensuring mics and other items remain in place. Additionally, the spring-loaded jaw makes mounting and precise placement quick and easy.
"Our claws are an industry standard used by drummers, percussionists and sound engineers," Victor Filonovich, LP’s Director of Product Development, said. "We’re pleased with the improvements that we made.These changes will make mounting percussion items easier."
The new patent-pending LP591A EZ-Mount Mic Claw is manufactured from an LP exclusive, proprietary plastic blend that provides maximum strength and durability. Its spring-loaded jaw makes mounting and fine-tuning a breeze, while ensuring secure placement of mics on snares, toms, timbales, congas or other percussion instruments. This compact and ergonomic design includes a flexible goose neck, which holds 5/8-inch diameter mic clips. With an MSRP of $48, the EZ-Mount Mic Claw easily fits any budget.
The new and improved Claw®—available on the LP592A-X Mic Claw, LP592B-X Perc Claw and LP592S-X Splash Claw — keeps your accessories from rotating freely while making placement adjustments thanks to its ratcheting design. These three models, each with an MSRP of $59, include mounting rods.
The Mic Claw, LP592A-X, is ideal for mounting large, heavy microphones, on snares, toms and congas, and includes the 3/8-inch Z-Rod, which allows close or extended positioning and the rubber-lined jaw/mount isolates the mic from vibration and cross talk.
LP's Cajon Hats introduce the familiar hi-hat sound in the form of a compact, portable cajon add-on. This versatile, one of a kind, patent pending, first to market cajon accessory allows players to more fully express themselves sonically. By simply mounting LP’s Cajon Hats to their cajon musicians gain an essential cymbal sound without the fuss of heavy cymbals and a stand. With an affordable MSRP of $154, Cajon Hats easily fit into any budget.
Victor Filonovich, LP’s Director of Product Development, said, "Percussionists and drum-set players miss the Indispensible, go-to sound of hi-hats when playing cajon. By adding the bright, crisp sound of our Cajon Hats to their instrument, players will be able to more fully and naturally express themselves."
Manufactured from premium B20 bronze, the 9-inch Cajon Hats are extremely durable. The player can explore a palette of traditional hi-hat wash by opening and closing the Cajon Hats with the easily adjusted thumbscrew. Additionally, the specially designed striker allows for stick-free playing. When finished, the Cajon Hats can be quickly removed for easy transport. Expand your sonic possibilities by adding LP’s Cajon Hats to your setup.
LP is firmly committed to music education. Each month, with the cooperation of retailers and schools, we schedule educational clinics and events with our most talented and knowledgeable endorsing artists.
Many of these events offer free (or very nominal) admission and all are designed to inspire, educate and entertain everyone in attendance. Please check with the event organizer for admission fees and start times.
Visible Music College
200 Madison Ave.
Contact: Josh Kotte
541 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NEW YORK
Contact: Tony Maggiolino
LP did it! They took the perfect instrument, the cowbell, and improved it. Mounting your cowbell has never been quicker and easier. Now the mounting assembly’s eyebolt is spring-loaded and self-aligning, and accommodates 3/8” and 1/2” diameter tom arms. This new patent-pending mounting system is available on three models—
LP007-N Rock Bell (MSRP - $65.99), LP008-N Rock Ridge Rider Cowbell (MSRP - $84.99) and LP009-N Rock Classic Ridge Rider Cowbell (MSRP - $84.99).
Victor Filonovich, LP’s Director of Product Development, said,
“We wanted to take the best cowbells in the world and make them better. We thought about the basics and developed a patent-pending, spring-loaded eyebolt, which locks the bell into position, ready for mounting. Players will be able to mount them anywhere because they accept tom arms up to a 1/2-inch in diameter. These two advancements noticeably ease cowbell mounting and set up.”
LP’s 8-inch black Rock Cowbells are manufactured in the USA, feature the new patent-pending mounting system, and are manufactured from 14-guage steel, which provides added strength to withstand the hardest pounding. Designed for the drum kit player, they emit a rich, cutting sound that is low in pitch and moderately dry. The Rock Cowbell has an MSRP of $65.99. The Rock Ridge Rider and the Rock Classic Ridge Rider feature the Jenigor bar—red or yellow, respectively—that dampens sound, reduces stick breakage and resists denting, have an MSRP of $84.99.
Available at authorized LP dealers.
Players love the improvements:
“Of course, every band and song needs MORE COWBELL! But now you can even have MORE COWBELL POSITIONS! Latin Percussion's new design makes it easy to place your cowbell anywhere and in any position due to its locking spring-loaded eyebolt and its ability to now accommodate a larger tom arm,” Mike Portnoy.
“Leave it to LP to improve an icon. Faster set up and stronger fastening means it’s not moving no matter how hard I hit, and the 1/2” diameter eyebolt takes the hell out of finding the right L,” Ray Luzier, KORN.
“I've played the cowbell since my early days In Guns N' Roses; had to weld it to the stand. Problem solved with this cool, new updated version. A spring-loaded eyebolt that clamps on to a very sturdy tom arm, the ultimate Rock Cowbell for your kit: this is it,” Matt Sorum.
“Stop wondering if the cowbell will fit the 'L' bracket at the gig—the job is finished with this clamp—it always fits! It is so much easier to put a cowbell on tight and secure with this clamp. I know it's not going to move the rest the night—clamp it, stamp it smash it—great idea LP,” Stephen Perkins, Jane’s Addiction.
At the 19th Annual KoSA Drum and Percussion Camp the distinguished organization recognized one of percussion's most celebrated artists, Richie Gajate-Garcia, with their Lifetime Achievement award. The camp, held in Castleton, Vermont, brings together drummers and percussionists from around the world whose common passion for rhythm and education is expressed and developed for an unforgettable week.
Richie, a KoSA faculty alumni and enormously talented musician, who has performed with artists such as Christopher Cross, Sting and Phil Collins, said this about receiving the award, "I am grateful for this honor. I feel blessed to be able to do something that I love." Richie collaborated with LP to create the popular Gajate Bracket and Richie Gajate-Garcia Signature Series Congas and Bongos. Watch him introduce his congas and bongos here, and read more about Richie Gajate-Garcia click here.
According to Aldo Mazza (Co-Founder and Artistic Director of KoSA), the lifetime achievement award was presented to Gajate-Garcia for his great contribution to performance and education of Latin drumming and percussion. KoSA recognized that his unique ability to play in diverse musical styles is an invaluable inspiration to the world of percussion.
About presenting the award to Richie, Aldo Mazza along with his wife, Dr. Jolan Kovacs (Co-Founder and Project Coordinator), stated, "We have had the pleasure of having Richie Gajate-Garcia several times at KoSA. We know what a fabulous player he is having personally known him for many years, but at KoSA, we also witnessed the warmth and passion he has for his art form and how well he communicated his love for Latin percussion to the eager students. We felt it was high time to publicly acknowledge his talents not only as a performer but as a great educator–something that is dear to the KoSA mission."
The KoSA world is continuously in expansion with programs not only in the US (New York, Vermont and Miami), but in Cuba, Europe and in China. For more information on KoSA, visit kosamusic.com.
On August 12, 1964, Martin Cohen, a young mechanical engineer, photographer and Latin music aficionado, founded Latin Percussion. Martin believed in soliciting feedback for his percussion instruments from musicians at NYC nightclubs, establishing a tradition that is still practiced at LP — the needs of performing musicians are placed ahead of everything else. Proudly, LP has created hundreds of the finest percussion instruments, which can be heard on the world's most famous stages and recordings — in every genre. We’d like to share some of LP's major innovations.
LP ORIGINAL BONGOS
LP reintroduces the very first instrument that LP ever produced. In 1964, Martin Cohen built these bongos to the specifications of local musicians and LP was born.
- Mahogany wood shells
- Natural rawhide heads
- Traditional rims with chrome plated hardware
- Original, retro head graphics with commemorative badge
- MORE INFO & VIDEO FOR LP1964 - 6-3/4" and 8-1/4" bongos
LP PATATO CONGAS
Played by professional congueros the world over, these fiberglass drums were developed in 1978 with Carlos "Patato" Valdez, who required tall drums with a wide belly and small bottom that could project deep bass tones and great volume without sacrificing crisp, high sounds.
- 30" fiberglass shell with a steel ring embedded at the bearing edge for added strength and stability
- Natural rawhide head
- Comfort Curve® II Rims
- Reinforced LP Heart side plates with 5 ⁄16" diameter tuning lugs
- Patented LP ProCare Shell Protectors
- MORE INFO & VIDEO FOR PATATO CONGAS - Available in three sizes
LP TITO PUENTE TIMBALES
LP proudly features the timbales inspired by the late, great Tito Puente. Available in a variety of shell materials and sizes, there is an LP Tito Puente Timbale that will give you the sound you’ve been searching for.
- Solid brass shells for warmer tones, Bronze shells for a superior cutting cascara sound, Stainless steel shells for bright, crisp and loud sound
- Traditional tuning
- Set includes a heavy duty, fully height-adjustable timbale stand with an anti-rattle sleeve and a die cast gear tilter
- Also includes cowbell bracket, timbale sticks and tuning wrench
- MORE INFO & VIDEO FOR LP TITO PUENTE TIMBALES - Available in 3 finishes and 3 sizes
LP VIBRA-SLAP® II
The LP Vibra-Slap was the first of numerous patents granted to Latin Percussion. It has appeared in more recordings, soundtracks, and advertisements than any sound effect ever made. The Vibra-Slap was conceived as a durable replacement for the original delicate rattling horse jawbone.
Invented over 40 years ago by founder Martin Cohen, the LP Afuche/Casaba has become one of the most essential percussion instruments in history. Loops of steel bead chain wrapped around a specially textured, stainless steel cylinder that produce a multitude of scraping rhythmic patterns. The larger the size of the instrument, the louder the volume.
LP BLACK BEAUTY® COWBELL
The most widely recorded cowbell in history
- High pitched, bright sound with a moderate overtone
- Slightly rounded playing surface makes it easy to get a good sound every time
- LP forged eye-bolt assembly provides a sure grip to any 3/8" diameter rod
- Handcrafted in USA from premium steel
- MORE INFO & VIDEO FOR LP204A - 5" mountable, black
An original LP innovation, the Multi-Güiro is a guiro with two textures and is filled with LP shaker material, making it several instruments in one. One of the textured surfaces features large raised grooves similar to a Cuban güiro, while the other is a finer texture for a more course raspy sound.
Removable fill cap allows the player to control the amount and type of fill inside for precise rhythmic and volume control
- LP333 Pro Scraper included
- Made in the USA
- MORE INFO FOR LP452 - 9" stainless steel
LP JAM BLOCK®
LP Jam Block is a great example of LP innovation. This patented design transformed fragile, wooden blocks into virtually indestructible modern staples for any drummer or percussionist.
LP ROCK RIDGE RIDER COWBELL
Patented, based on the LP Rock Cowbell with a red Jenigor ridge
LP GALAXY® GIOVANNI SERIES WOOD CONGAS
The LP Galaxy Congas have resonance, attack and warmth found in no other conga. They deliver commanding bass, rich mid-tones and crackling highs with attention getting projection. LP utilized master percussionist Giovanni Hildago’s input to create the exclusive Requinto, which has the broadest range of tone available in a single drum.
LP ONE SHOT® SHAKERS
LP's unique, patented One-Shot Shaker has only one "live" striking area enabling you to lay forward/down strokes without shadow or ghost strokes.
- Constructed of durable, anodized metal
- Delicate sound quality ideal for studio recording
- Simplifies complex rhythm patterns
- Sold in pairs
- MORE INFO & VIDEO FOR LP442A
LP GIOVANNI COMPACT CONGAS
One of our most successful innovations, the patented LP Giovanni Compact Congas produce an amazing conga sound suitable for practice, playing live or in studio. They were designed with Giovanni Hidalgo and won the 2003 Musikmesse International Press Award for most innovative instrument, DRUM! Drummies and the Modern Drummer Reader’s Choice Awards.
FIFTY YEARS OF LP
Download your copy of LP's 50th Anniversary Catalog — 100 pages filled with full-color photos and descriptions for our entire line.
We’re proud of our catalog of percussion instruments and we’d like to thank our customers, dealers, and artists for their continued support and dedication to our brand. We are very grateful because without their help, we would not be celebrating our 50th Anniversary.
Johnny Dandy Rodriquez, Jose Madera and Jimmy Delgado: LP's 50th Anniversary
Eddie Montalvo: LP's 50th Anniversary
Bobby Sanabria: LP's 50th Anniversary
Chembo Corniel: LP's 50th Anniversary
Jorge Gonzalez: LP's 50th Anniversary
Richie Gajate-Garcia: LP's 50th Anniversary
Ron Powell: LP's 50th Anniversary
Daryl Muyungo Jackson: LP's 50th Anniversary
Lenny Castro: LP's 50th Anniversary
Kevin Ricard: LP's 50th Anniversary
Karl Perazzo: LP's 50th Anniversary
Joey Deleon: LP's 50th Anniversary
Greg Garman: LP's 50th Anniversary
Richard Danielson: LP's 50th Anniversary
Arejay Hale: LP's 50th Anniversary
Roland Gajate-Garcia: LP's 50th Anniversary
LP introduces seven new designs for our infamous Black Beauty Cowbell. The intense, eye-catching graphics include attention-grabbing colors—from Zombie Green to Zebra Purple and several shades in between. The 5-inch, mountable Collect-A-Bells are very affordable (MSRP - $47) and will add a wow factor to drum sets and percussion rigs.
Victor Filonovich, LP’s Director of Product Development, said, "There is something fun and exciting about the sound of a cowbell. LP cowbells are sonically defining instruments, and our new Collect-A-Bells Cowbells are as striking visually. Your drum sound is unique, and now, you can express your distinctive style as well with the new bells."
LP Collect-A-Bells have a high pitch with a bright sound and moderate overtones, and every strike of the slightly rounded playing surface projects exceptional sounds. Mounting is secure and easy with the LP forged eyebolt assembly, which grips tightly to any 3/8" diameter rod. LP Collect-A-Bells were designed using the same specs as our very popular LP Black Beauty Cowbells (LP204A), and are handmade in the USA of premium quality steel.
Now available at authorized LP dealers.
LP Collect-A-Bell, Black Beauty, Demon – LP204C-DM
LP Collect-A-Bell, Black Beauty, More Cowbell – LP204C-MC
LP Collect-A-Bell, Black Beauty, Raven Tree – LP204C-RT
LP Collect-A-Bell, Black Beauty, Skull Red – LP204C-SR
LP Collect-A-Bell, Black Beauty, Sugar Skull – LP204C-SS
LP Collect-A-Bell, Black Beauty, Zombie Green – LP204C-ZMG
LP Collect-A-Bell, Black Beauty, Zebra Purple – LP204C-ZP
LP has taken their three most popular cajon accessories — The Cajon Throne (LP1445), Foot Tambourine (LP188) and Small Cajon Castanet (LP433) — and packaged them as one grab-and-go item: The LP Cajon Accessory Pack (LPCP1). An incredible value, players get three favorite cajon add-ons together for an MSRP of $60.99.
Victor Filonovich, LP's Director of Product Development, said, "Among our growing list of cajon accessories, we saw that these three items were very popular with musicians and worked well together to enhance a player's cajon performance. Bundling these them together makes any cajon a more comfortable, dynamic and versatile instrument and creates an affordable and convenient opportunity for any player to expand their sonic palette."
In the hand-percussion market, the versatile and portable Cajon continues to increase in popularity and importance. The LP Cajon Accessory Pack makes individualizing the instrument quick and easy. The simple addition of the Cajon Throne adds comfort and eases playability. By slipping the durable elastic band easily and securely onto the player’s shoe, The Foot Tambourines shimmering jingles can be used to play a sound pattern, pulse or back beat. Cajon Castanets add a solid, bright crack to any cajon performance. Get the LP Cajon Accessory Pack, and make your instrument your own.
Available at authorized LP dealers.
Latin Percussion artists Raul Rekow and Bulu Viloria participated in the 5th Annual 9Beats 2014 China International Drum Festival August 10-14, 2014 in Tanjin, China.
John Shand, KMC Music International Managing Director, said, “China is a growing market for Latin Percussion and we, together with our educational sales channel partner, Toning Drum and Percussion, were happy to put our full support behind Raul Rekow’s residency at the 9Beats Summer Camp in Tianjin, China.
One of the key elements of LP's approach to developing the market for our products in China is to work with educational institutions such as 9Beats to promote Latin instruments to drum and percussion teachers. Together with Toning, we have sponsored LP artists at the 9Beats camp for several years now. We're proud to be associated with the 9Beats organization.
LP artist Bulu Viloria, who participated in the camp at the invitation of Drums United of The Netherlands, accompanied Raul Rekow in two workshops and one Latin Percussion clinic. Over the course of the five-day event attendees had the chance to watch and learn from LP artists, as well as several other international instructors.
The event was sponsored by China’s 9Beats, China’s largest private drum school, which is based in Tanjin and has over 100 schools.
Instantly turn any cajon into a kick drum.
Latin Percussion introduces the all-new cajon pedal. Ideal for drummers and percussionists who need both hands free for playing, the pedal easily attaches to most standard-size cajons. The LP Cajon Pedal (LP1500 - MSRP: $249.99) features a smooth, quiet 3' cable system and a specially designed mounting plate for easy installation.
The patent-pending beater faithfully recreates the sound of a palm striking the front plate. The LP Cajon Pedal also features spring adjustments to cater to a wide range of playing styles.
“The new LP Cajon Pedal frees up the hands of the player, allowing them to better layer their sound with additional percussion options,” said Victor Filonovich, Director of Product for Latin Percussion.
Buy Cajon Pedal online or purchase at an authorized LP dealer near you!
May 30, 1924 - April 14, 2014
Armando Peraza, the legendary Cuban percussionist with a career spanning six decades, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at the age of 89. Peraza worked with many Jazz and Rock luminaries including Charlie Parker, George Shearing, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Zappa, Rick James, Aretha Franklin, Jaco Pastorius, and Carlos Santana.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1924, Armando Peraza arrived in New York City via Mexico in 1949, where his intuitive and exuberant playing style translated into immediate work for big bands with Machito and Slim Gaillard. It was while touring with Gaillard that Peraza first visited the city he would eventually call home, San Francisco, California.
Peraza joined Carlos Santana's band in 1972, playing for nearly twenty years with the group before retiring as a full time member in 1990. In the 1990's and 2000's, Peraza would make occasional guest appearances at concerts, festivals and percussion workshops. A revered mentor to many percussionists worldwide, Armando was an honored Latin Percussion endorser for many years.
Armando Peraza leaves behind a wide-ranging and robust catalog of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz music. He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Josephine, a daughter and three grandchildren.
- IN REMEMBRANCE -
"This is a sad, sad day for me. Armando was like a father, brother, friend and mentor to me. He was my "Joda" and I was his "Luke Skywalker". When Armando and I met he gave me the encouragement that I needed. He validated me and my playing. I was of course extremely excited to play with him but I was also a bit anxious and a little bit scared of what he would think of me. To my relief he told me that he loved my playing, style and sound. He said, "Raul, you have your own sound and style. I can tell that it's you from 1 note. Some people search for their whole lives to find their sound but you have that already. Don't ever lose that." Besides that he taught me so much about life and how to live. I am forever thankful and grateful to you Armando. "VivaPeraza!" - I love you more than you will ever know and I miss you. Raul Rekow
"I am at a loss for finding words to describe the greatness of Armando. He was more than a friend. He was a mentor of music, life, humanity, history. Hundreds of precious Armando stories, anecdotes, life lessons and music memories will live inside of me and my family forever. We traveled on tour with Santana Band, made music and walked thru many streets of the world. When he walked.. . he taught. He will be missed by many family and friends. He will be missed by anyone who loves congas/bongos/percussion cause you cannot study these instruments without touching the life of Armando Peraza. His Life can easily be made into a major film." - Rest in Peace. Rest in Greatness! Walfredo Reyes, Jr.
"Armando Peraza was more than a musical legend to me. He was one of my father's closest friends. He was family... my mentor. He gave me these LP bongos when I was 16. He is a huge part of my success. There has never been and will ever be another person like him. We pray for his lovely wife Josephine. We mourn his loss. My son Roland Gajate-Garcia now carries the torch that started with Armando. God's eternal peace." - Richie Gajate-Garcia
"Amazing human being! Armando completed his mission here on Earth, he left a great legacy for all of us. Will miss him forever!" - With all my love, Giovanni Hidalgo
"Armando was a major influence to me since I was 3 years old. A great man and musician. He will be missed by many. His big heart and fierce playing lives on in me and many others. We love you Armando. I play for you tonite Armando! Que Dios Te bendiga!" - R.I.P. Peace, Lenny Castro
"Armando taught me to be a humble human being and appreciate great music!" - RIP - Love and Respect, Eddie "Gua, Gua" Rivera (Bass player & roommate with Armando back in the Mongo Santamaria days.)
"Although Armando Peraza's passing is a very sad day for all who knew him personally or knew his music, we are fortunate to have all of the work he left behind for us to enjoy and continue to learn from. This is his legacy and it will live on forever. His influence on percussionists - as well as musicians and non-musicians alike - is beyond description and will ensure his place as one of the greatest musicians to ever live." - Stephan S. Nigohosian (LP Director of Artist Relations 1996-2014)
Contributed by Bobby Sanabria: REST IN POWER ARMANDO PERAZA - His virtuosity on bongo' is on display on this classic Santana track. Probably the greatest recorded example of that instrument. It also displays Armando's ability to adapt a percussion instrument so tied to his Afro-Cuban heritage beautifully to an Afro-Brazilian context, in this case the rhythm of Baion.
"Words seem very inadequate to express the sadness LP feels about master musician, and honored artist, Armando Peraza’s passing. Yet, his music will comfort us and will help keep him close forever. His amazing legacy lives on in the hearts and souls of the many people that he touched and mentored." –Marcia Stevenson, LP Website Manager
Good friends - Patato Valdez, Martin Cohen & Tito Puente in the LP Studio celebrating Tito's Hollywood Star, 1990.
LP announces a new Instagram page featuring photos of many of the percussionists and drummers that were instrumental in the development of Latin Percussion. The images are the work of LP founder Martin Cohen. Spanning four decades, the photos mark LP's 50th Anniversary in 2014.
Martin Cohen's distinct and fluid artist images were borne from his love of photography combined with his passion for music. The same players who helped Cohen fine-tune his percussion instruments were also the subject of his iconic photos.
Classic photos of celebrated percussion and drumming legends such as Tito Puente, Carlos "Patato" Valdez, Armando Peraza, Candidio Camero, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Collins, and Buddy Rich are featured on the site. Additional photography will be added regularly.
Visit Instagram.com/LPPercussion to see the collection of images.
Multi-faceted singer/songwriter, guitarist and percussionist Jen Lowe recently accepted an offer to join the LP Artist Roster. Lowe is quickly becoming a staple on the Indie American/Folk scene and has been busy supporting her first solo effort, “From the End of this Hallway.”
Lowe will be primarily be playing LP cajons, djembes and assorted hand percussion. “I’m happy to be part of the LP roster,” said Lowe. “There’s such a great heritage of legendary players that have played LP. I’m proud to be a part of that group of performers.”
Having toured with prestigious national and international artists throughout her career, Jen Lowe is no stranger to some of the world’s most influential songwriters. She has most recently been working with Ed Roland from Collective Soul, Kevin Griffin from Better Than Ezra, Ed Kowalczyk from Live and Emerson Hart from Tonic. She is also working on her second solo record.
“We’re thrilled to have Jen as a member of the LP family,” said Director of Marketing, Jeff Ivester. “She brings a broad range of talent to the table and having her perform on stage playing LP instruments is tribute to our brand.”
Jen recently recorded several how to videos at LP, click here to view.