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Pair of Timpani, Prussia or Bavaria, ca. 1660-1700

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NMM 7448.  Pair of timpani, Prussia or Bavaria, ca. 1660-1700

NMM 7448 a & b.  Pair of timpani, Prussia or Bavaria, ca. 1660-1700. Bowls hammered from sheets of copper. Animal-skin heads tucked around iron hoop, tightened by iron tuning-rods (six per bowl). Rods received by nuts mounted on decorative iron-shields nailed to bowls. Small internal funnel (Schalltrichter) above each vent hole (possibly added later). Three-legged, one-piece, integral stand.  Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Foundation, 2000.



Smaller Drum

Larger Drum

Diameter of Head

45.6 cm

45.7 cm

Bowl Depth

31.4 cm

31.1 cm

Internal Schalltrichter

Close-up view of internal schalltrichter (funnel)

Rod and Decorative Shield

Decorative iron-shield nailed to bowl

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, "Historic Timpani at the National Music Museum," Percussive Notes 45, No. 2 (April 2007):  12-14.

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