That would actually be a great alternative, and comes with a stand, which is an added expense with most bongos. Plus, you wouldn't have to buy special heads.
Something about the roto toms sounds too 'pingy' to me compared to the richness I hear when bongos are hit with sticks, at least in this songToca has a nice set of bongos with fiberskin heads. I've never tried playing them with sticks, though.
the deccabons look great and all, but the REMO set you linked is super light (I plan on walking around with bongos) and I could go thru 4 or 5 of those for the price of the deccabons. thanks so much, I've found my candidate!Roto toms are a totally different sound than deccabons. Lots more attack, less body. The shell really makes a difference.
If you're totally stuck on bongos though, Remo makes a million different plastic headed models. Here's some examples: