Title

Timpani

Timpani

With more than 40 years of experience as timpani makers, Adams is the world leader in timpani design and innovation. Available in 9 unique models ranging from timeless and vintage to modern quality and consistency.

Schnellar Romantic

Adams Schnellar Romantic timpani feature a kettle that is slightly more voluminous than the Schnellar Classical timpani and are perfectly suited to the late Classical, and early Romantic repertoire. Available with brass lacquered or nickel-plated base. Inspired by Hans Schnellar's original salon timpani, owned by Marinus Komst, re-designed the base of the instrument and the crank-operation. The handmade bowls have a diameter of 600 and 660mm. The instruments come with Sonnberg goat skins. These goat parchments are made from rawhide and thus provide a richer variety of overtones. In addition, they have a very pronounced fundamental note, which gives the perfect bass foundation, especially for larger drums. Hans Schnellar (1865-1945) began his career as solo timpanist with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. He was the guest timpanist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam for one year before becoming the solo timpanist with the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra until 1932. Schnellar experimented with timpani making and produced many different types of drums. Many of his instruments are still being used today because of the instrument’s sound quality. Schnellar initiated the concept of pushing the kettle upwards instead of pulling the rim down to change head tension. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has the only pair of original Schnellar pedal timpani, mentioned in the Berlioz/Strauss instrumentation book. There was never any discussion about the outstanding sound quality of the original Schnellar timpani from the RCO. It’s well known that Bernhard Haitink completely fell in love with the instruments, and he is not the only conductor to do so. Although they still play the original Schnellars every now and then, Marinus Komst and Nick Woud, the two timpani players of the RCO, decided to work on the mechanical operation of the timpani. Over several years of collaboration, they worked closely with the engineers and timpani builders at Adams Musical Instruments to create a perfect replica of the original pedal timpani in the workshop at the Adams factory in Holland. Inspired by Hans Schnellar’s classic design, Adams Schnellar Timpani feature modern innovations, production quality, and gorgeous finishes. Schnellar timpani feature a free-standing elliptical bowl without the customary support ring and struts—a unique combination that creates unparalleled sensitivity, projection, and response.

Schnellar Classical-Salon

Adams Schnellar Classical-Salon timpani feature a kettle that is more narrow and pointed than the Schnellar Romantic timpani and perfectly suits the Baroque, Classical, and early Romantic repertoire, and are available with a lacquered or nickel-plated base. Inspired by Hans Schnellar's original salon timpani, owned by Marinus Komst, re-designed the base of the instrument and the crank-operation. The handmade bowls have diameters of 550, 610, 650, and 690 mm. The instruments come with Sonnberg goat skins. These goat parchments are made from rawhide and thus provide a richer variety of overtones. In addition, they have a very pronounced fundamental note, which gives the perfect bass foundation, especially for larger drums. Hans Schnellar (1865-1945) began his career as a solo timpanist with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. He was the guest timpanist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam for one year before becoming the solo timpanist with the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra until 1932. Schnellar experimented with timpani making and produced many different types of drums. Many of his instruments are still being used today because of the instrument’s sound quality. Schnellar initiated the concept of pushing the kettle upwards instead of pulling the rim down to change head tension. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has the only pair of original Schnellar pedal timpani, mentioned in the Berlioz/Strauss instrumentation book. There was never any discussion about the outstanding sound quality of the original Schnellar timpani from the RCO. It’s well known that Bernhard Haitink completely fell in love with the instruments, and he is not the only conductor to do so. Although they still play the original Schnellars every now and then, Marinus Komst and Nick Woud, the two timpani players of the RCO, decided to work on the mechanical operation of the timpani. Over several years of collaboration, they worked closely with the engineers and timpani builders at Adams Musical Instruments to create a perfect replica of the original pedal timpani in the workshop at the Adams factory in Holland. Inspired by Hans Schnellar’s classic design, Adams Schnellar Timpani feature modern innovations, production quality, and gorgeous finishes. Schnellar timpani feature a free-standing elliptical bowl without the customary support ring and struts—a unique combination that creates unparalleled sensitivity, projection, and response.

Schnellar Amsterdam

Adams Schnellar Amsterdam timpani developed based on the original Schnellar timpani while utilizing modern Adams innovations to optimize the power and complexity of these magnificent instruments.

Philharmonic Light

Adams Philharmonic Light Timpani feature the original and industry standard Ratchet-Free Pedal System with no intermeshing teeth, allowing the player to pinpoint any pitch without restriction.

Philharmonic Dresden Classic

Adams Philharmonic Dresden Classic Timpani bring modern innovations and production consistency to the timeless sound and styling of vintage timpani from the mid twentieth century.

Philharmonic Dresden Vintage

Re-engineered from the ground up, Adams Philharmonic Dresden Vintage timpani were painstakingly designed taking cues from Dresden drums of the 19th and early 20th century.

Professional Generation II

GEN2 Professional Timpani are the latest innovation from the world’s leading timpani manufacturer and have become the new balanced action timpani benchmark.

Revolution

Adams Revolution Timpani combine innovative design and truly professional sound quality and a removable base for effortless portability.

Universal

Adams Universal Timpani are designed for all concert and education uses. Often imitated, never duplicated.

Baroque

Adams Baroque Series Timpani are designed in the tradition of the 18th century, a perfect balance between traditional perfection and 21st-centurytechnology. A combination of the finest Kalfo heads along with a specially produced hammered copper timpani bowlenables a perfect match of articulation and vintage character needed for an authentic baroque timpani sound. Baroque Series Timpani feature special stain lacquered bowls, raw formed steel counter rims, and brass lug appointments that create a striking lookthat is both up-to-date and timeless. Large thread tuning screws and swivel nut style lug casings allow for easy and fast tuning.Baroque Timpani have a very clear and bright sound throughout the range thatenables precise articulation.

Symphonic

The impressive sound and quality of the Adams Symphonic GEN2 Series Timpani allow them to excel in a multitude of different playing situations. Whether performing in a symphony hall or a school auditorium, the outstanding sound and unmatched precision of the Symphonic Series will exceed your performance demands.