In 1956, a young mechanical engineer and avid photographer from the Bronx named Martin Cohen happened upon New York’s famous Birdland jazz club. He walked in and was immediately captivated by the sounds of Latin jazz. Cohen became a student of the 1950’s Latin scene, and soon wanted his own set of bongos.Unfortunately, due to trade embargoes, high quality, Cuban-made bongos were not available in the United States, so Cohen's passion compelled him to put his engineering skills to use and create his own set of bongos. After several months, he had successfully built some of the finest bongos the world had ever seen.
For nearly five decades, LP has created and patented hundreds of musical instruments that have been featured in thousands of the world‘s most famous, chart-topping recordings - from classic salsa to classic rock. In fact, Latin Percussion is so essential to so many musical genres, it’s nearly impossible to turn on a radio and not hear an LP instrument being played.
Since 1954, LP has let those who play their instruments do most of the talking. Today, Latin Percussion instruments are used by professional and amateur musician throughout the world. Year after year, Cohen’s legacy continues, as LP's talented research and development team continues working with the woods greatest percussionists to invent and develop generations of new and exciting instruments.