Artcelsior Aluminum Surdo, 16-24″


Artcelsior Aluminum Surdo

with two skin heads on wood hoops

Available in 16″, 18″, 20″, 22″, and 24″ diameter; 50cm deep.

18″ model shown in photos.

Artcelsior surdos are great for playing samba and other rhythms from Rio. The depth is a good size for volume and projection when tuned appropriately for samba, and is comfortable to carry with a strap. The skin heads are high quality, and are tuned with 3/8″ nuts.

16″ is good for third surdo
18″ is good for third or second surdo
20″ and 22″ can be used for second and first surdo
24″ is best for first surdo

A set of 18″-20″-22″ is a common set of three surdos for Rio-style playing. 18″-22″-24″ would be great for louder and deeper sounds. 16″-18″-20″ or 16″-20″-22″ would be good for general use and higher tunings.

These models are sold with two skin heads.  This is the most traditional setup for Rio-style playing and sound great for low tunings.  Drums are setup with two skin heads, but can also be setup with any combination of skin, thin plastic, and napa heads.

Weight: 16 – 9.5lb; 18 – 10.75lb; 20 – 12lb; 22 – 14.5lb

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16, 18, 20, 22, 24, set of 3: 16", 18" and 20", set of 3: 18", 20" and 22"

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