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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.

Measurements


 

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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