So, I'm gonna be looking for some hand drums to use in church for more acousticy music. I won't be playing them, but I've been looking on the web, and the three things I've come up with so far are: bongos, congas, or djembes. Yes, whatever is being used will be mic'd (if it needs to be mic'd). I think that 2 of something would be best. Heck, I could even get one bongo and one conga, or a djembe and a bongo. But, I may only have enough available finances for one hand drum, in which case I'd want something somewhat versatile. I haven't gotten an official budget from the pastor yet, but I'm guessing it isn't going to be very large (we're a small fellowship at the moment). So I think I'll be lucky to get $300, and it may be as low as $50 and I may have to pay some money out of my pocket. So, obviously, cheap is good. I guess the only requirements are: they need stands. Unless there's some way to play some type of hand drum without a stand and make it sound good and not run the risk of it falling and being damaged. I know there are lots of other ethnic drums, but I don't want something strange sounding that the percussionist looks at and says, "How the crap do I play this thing?" I also want something that isn't particularly fragile (some ethnic drums I've seen would have the head gouged out in no time with someone who wasn't familiar with it). I'm also a bit concerned that bongos won't provide the low end I'd want, and we won't be using an actual drum set. Maybe I'm being weird about the low end? I looked on Musicians Friend and I found some sets of full-size bongos and even congas with stands around $300. But, as stated earlier, a single hand drum may be what we start out with. So, any suggestions are welcome. Thanks for any input and God bless.