I wanted to confirm some information that has been floating around for a while. For the longest time it seemed that Skin on Skin Percussion would no longer exist. Jay had been making drums for eons, and unfortunately hit a rough patch and was thinking about calling it quits. Just recently the conga community recieved word that he was back in business. I called Jay today to basically catch up and confirm some details.For all you New Yorker's who remember Jay's shop on Atlantic Ave, know that it no longer exists as Skin on Skin. Jay packed up and moved to upstate NY (Afton to be exact) to set up shop there. When I talked to Jay today he seemed to be in very good spirits and mentioned that with the help of his apprentice Joshua Scott, he will be making drums as long as he can.
Now this information has been floating around in cyberspace and in the community for a while. Mark Sanders has put it out there. Various blogs and the congaboard as well. I wanted to ask Jay whether he is still doing the majority of the work, and he confirmed that he is. So if you do place an order for a conga, or bata, or bongo, rest assured that the master will be doing the work personally. It may take 3 months or so, but thats not bad considering the time it takes to make a drum from scratch. His congas start at $750 for whatever type of wood drum you want. Jay's best work is probably his oak and cherry drums. He also sells skins. Jay turned 70 not too long ago, and I asked him if he is still playing, his response, "I actually just started playing again a couple of weeks ago..". It was good to hear Jay in such good spirits.