These are REALLY well built and awesome sounding congas that are the size of your typical conga head. Together with the bigger size conga of the same series, they form a nice pair for home use and gigging. I have used these all the way from small churches and clubs to stadium size gigs, without any problem in sound, tunability or build quality. They are easy to carry in a small backpack or snare bag when making the heads face each other. My only CONCERN with these is the way these need to be mounted. I have not tested the original holder made for them, but i have used snare stands to accomodate them on gigs. The problem is the lack of mass, because the snare stand with the compact conga easily moves about a foot (30cm) during a high tempo energized song. I am a hard hitter, which also affects this though!