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Surdo RIO 18''x50cm - hide heads - Izzo

Surdo RIO 18''x50cm - hide heads - Izzo

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Surdo de Terceira 18" x 50 cm - hide heads on both sides, with aluminium ring Original Rio... more

Surdo RIO 18''x50cm - hide heads - Izzo

item number: A334618
finish: matt
head: hide heads
diameter: 18''
height: medium height
shell: aluminium
hardware: chrome
height of shell: 50 cm
total height: 53,5 cm
tension rods: 8
length of rods: 53,5 cm
weight (net): 4,7 kg
MPN 0005EX
Surdo de Terceira 18" x 50 cm - hide heads on both sides, with aluminium ring

Original Rio Style Samba surdo by Izzo - authentic Rio style sound! 

The RIO line surdos with its 50 cm shells are shorter than the former 60 cm standard. This reduces weight, doesn't particularly affect the sound in any way and, conveniently, shorter surdos are also easier to handle, to store, to transport - and they're lighter - yay! 50 cm surdos can be seen more and more often in Rio's Samba schools.

Tips for happy surdos:
  • Natural skins sound best with the right mallets (hard, unpadded).
  • Tune slowly, especially at the beginning!
  • You may need to retune while playing, this works best if you play with the nuts pointing up and use a crank tuning key.
  • Always loosen the skins after playing.
  • When storing in dry air or during hot-temperature periods, check the skins and loosen them if necessary, as they can tighten considerably.

Important note for mounting hide heads:
During production, natural skins are mounted damp on a wooden or aluminium ring. When drying, the skins contract, which often causes the ring to warp. If you mount a new skin on your surdo, it will usually be necessary to moisten the skin with a sponge or cloth (not soaking wet, just damp!) so that it stretches again and can be mounted easily. Put the skin on without applying tension and leave it to dry overnight, ideally and without any aids, so that it can adapt to the shape of your surdo. This will prevent it from becoming brittle and you will be able to enjoy your instrument for a long time.

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High-quality instruments for Rio Samba and Samba Reggae, which are especially popular and proven in schools! For quite some years now, instrument builder IZZO remains among the top brands of Brazilian Samba percussios. It has been a while that IZZO instruments from São Paulo were rather simple percussion instruments which were very popular in Brazil due to their good price range.
Then they began to constantly increase their standard of Samba instruments until they reached a top-class level. By now they have become a serious manufacturer with a wide range of very well manufactured instruments which are known throughout the international market.


IZZO achieved a special coup when in 2010 they lanced their top brand TIMBRA. TIMBRA instruments were developed in close cooperation with renowned percussionists. The objective was to create convincing series of instruments with great sound, optically outstanding and adecuate for stage gigs. Especially the timbals, made of either wood or aluminium, set new standards with their 16 tuning hooks, extraordinary design and spectacular sound.

Today IZZO is completely in the league of the old-established traditional brands of Samba instruments.

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