OK, I know this sounds like a dumb question, especially coming from a musician - but what exactly is the difference between salsa and timba? From what I've seen online, the timba pattern on congas is like a well-filled tumbao (a 4/4 pattern used in most salsa). Also the few timba songs I've heard use a piano and brass section like salsa. So I really don't see a huge difference aside from its origin or traditions. It's my understanding that timba is a very Cuban style of music that incorporates kick and snare drums and is very fast. But then again some ppl are doing that with salsa. So...? lol Thanks all, "El Conguero"