You can get bongo drums for nearly any price but low cost "plasticy" sets, often branded "beginner", use cheaper hardware which sounds bad and can really ruin your enjoyment. Meinl make amazing equipment for players at all stages at great prices.
Bongos sound best when the skin is held in place by solid hardware. Meinl use heavy duty hardware and hand selected heads to give you a great percussive sound.
Heres what Meinl say about the Headliner series
MEINL Headliner® Series Bongos are perfect for the student or hobbyist who is looking for a high quality instrument right from the beginning. The drum sizes, mechanical tuning and natural heads will ensure that the player has the best experience with this beginner instrument.
- Hand selected buffalo heads
- Black powder coated hardware
- 2.6 mm rounded rims
- 8 mm strong tuning lugs
- Interior backing plates
- Rubber Wood (Hevea brasiliensis Muell. -Arg)
- 6 3/4" Macho & 8" Hembra