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THE DRUMS :

As an introduction to the aspects of the timpani which will be discussed in the following pages, the tables below are a list of the instruments each timpanist uses in their orchestra. The information provided here is taken from the answers and comments printed on the responses page. You can also follow the links to the home pages of each orchestra, to get an idea of what repertoire each ensemble performs.

  Frank Aarnink : Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Reykjavik

  Make   Sizes   Year   Tuning   Skin   Comments

Adams Philharmonic

32" 29" 26" 25" 23" 20"

~1998

Dresden

Calf

 

Adams Philharmonic

32" 29" 26" 25" 21"

~1998

Berlin

Calf

 

Dresden

26" 23"

 

Machine

Calf

 

Ringer

29" 26"

~2000

 

Calf

 

Fausto Bombarderi :  Haydn Symphony Orchestra, Bolzano

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Ludwig Ringer

32" 29" 26" 23"

1994

Berlin

Calf

 

Ludwig Chicago

32" 29" 26" 23"

1974

 

White plastic

 

Baroque timpani

29" 27"

2003

Hand

Calf

 

David Corkhill : English Chamber Orchestra & Philharmonia Orchestra, London

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Ludwig Professional Symphonic

32" 29" 26" 23"

2002

Balanced action

White plastic

 

Dieter Dyk : Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich    

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5 pedal timpani

32" 28½" 25½" 23½" 20½"

 

Kolberg

Renaissance

Kolberg (1995) 2x Dresden (1936) 2x G. Ringer (1966)

4 pedal timpani +machine timp.

31" 28½" 25½" 23" 20½"

 

Kolberg / machine

Calf / Goat

Kolberg (1987) 2x Dresden (1936) 2x G. Ringer (1966) + Dresden machine timp (1936)

Richard Ludwig

27" 24"

1895

 

Calf

Leipzig

Wunderlich / Lefima

 

c.1900

Machine

Goat

originally hand tuned timpani, rebuilt as machine timpani by Kolberg (1995)

Kolberg

27" 24"

1993

Machine

Calf

can be added to the Richard Ludwig timpani to make a set of 4

Dresden

26" 23½"

c.1900

Pedal

Goat

originally crank timpani, rebuilt as pedal timpani by Kolberg

Kolberg

30" 28" 26" 25"

1987

 

Renaissance

 

Schnellar

30" 27" 24" 22"

1998

Machine

Goat

manufactured by Wiener Schlaginstrumenbau

    Gerald Fromme : Radio Symphonie Orkest, Wien

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Ringer

33" 31" 28" 26" 2x23"

1970

 

Renaissance

only middle pair of drums have pedals

Dresden

2x31"  2x28"

1940

Dresden

Renaissance

modified drums with pedals

Aehnelt

34"

1990

 

Renaissance

bass timpano

Hochrainer

23" 2x26" 2x28"

1970

Machine

Goat

 

Jim Gordon : Holland Symfonia, Amsterdam

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Adams Philharmonic

32" 29" 26" 25" 23"

1998

Dresden

Renaissance

 

Adams Professional

32" 29" 26" 23"

1993

Premier?

Renaissance

 

Unknown

29" 26"

19th c.

Hand

Calf

Baroque Timpani

Mike Quinn & David Searcy : Teatro alla Scala, Milano

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Ringer

32" 29" 26" 23" 20"

~1960

Berlin

Calf

Original Ringers

Kolberg

 

1995

Hand

Calf

Baroque timpani

Dörfler

32" 29" 2x26" 24"

1990

Berlin

Calf

 

American Drum Co.

 

2002

Dresden

Renaissance

 

Peter Offelder : Schleswig-Holsteinische Landestheater und Sinfonieorchester, Flensburg
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Hardtke

 

2002

Berlin

Calf

 

Ringer

 

~1950's

Berlin

Calf

 

Dresden

 

~1993

 

Renaissance

 

Guido Rückel : Munich Philharmonic

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Ringer

32" 29" 26" 23" 20"

1971

Berlin

Calf

 

Winkelman

32" 29" 26" 23" 20"

1984

Berlin

Calf

 

Aehnelt

34" 31" 29" 26" 25" 23"

~1980

Berlin

Calf

 

Dresdener

 

 

Dresden / Machine

Goat

2 pedal / 2 machine

Lefima

 

 

Hand

Calf

Baroque timpani

Louis Sauvetre : Orchestra della Svizzera

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Ludwig Ringer

 32" 29" 26" 24"    Berlin  Renaissance  
 Ringer  32" 29" 26" 24"    Berlin  Calf

Outer drums Gunter Ringer / inner drums Ludwig Ringer

Wolfgang Schuster / Roland Altmann : Vienna Philharmonic

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 Schnellar  29 ½" 27" 25" 22½" 21½" 1921  Machine  Goat  
 Hochrainer  see above 1953  Machine  Goat  
 Schuster  see above 1982  Machine  Goat  
 Adams      Pedal  Renaissance  

Maarten van der Valk : Orchestra of the 18th Century

  Make   Sizes   Year   Tuning   Skin   Comments
 George Potter & Sons

27 ½"  26"  23" 21½"

1993   Hand   Calf  Baroque timpani   (English)
 Unknown

25"  22"

1993   Hand   Calf  Baroque timpani     (German)
 A.A. van den Hoek

27"  24"

1993   Machine   Calf  

Nick Woud : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam

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 Adams Philharmonic  32" 29" 26" 23" 20" 2001  Dresden  Calf  Marinus Komst model
 Schnellar  28" 25" ~1895  Dresden  Calf  
 Schnellar  28" 25" 1998  Machine  Goat  
 Van den Hoek  28" 25" ~1960  Machine  Calf  
 Adams Professional  32" 29" 26" 26" 23" 20" 1988  Balanced action  White plastic  
 Schnellar  18" ~1895    Calf  Rotary piccolo

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