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I am replacing a bongos skin and I know that the smooth side of the skin should the one to play on.

Problem is that I forgot to check and now the skin is already wet and both sides are smooth.

However I can tell by the darker spots of the skin which side was actually the external one when it was on the animal. I can also say the supposed inner side is kind of velvet.

On which side would you play?

(PS: the skin has no hair)

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I post what worked in my case, inferring it might be true in general. Please feel free to post a better answer or to improve this one.

You play on the external side. Although the inner one was smooth and velvet, drying it became more rough.

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