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Immediately recognizable as one of the largest members of the orchestral percussion family, the timpani (or kettle drums), are large bowl drums typically made from copper with a pitch-shifting mechanism usually operated by a foot pedal.

Whether you'd like to learn about building the essential components of a school band or how a timpani-style foot pedal found its way into a drum set, a world of info plus the best new and used timpani deals are here on Reverb.

Timpani Size/Material

The standard timpani configuration consists of a 23", 26", 29", and 32" inch drum, arranged from largest to smallest right to left. A piccolo model comes in a 20" and timpani-style drums can go all the way down to 12".

There are two main materials used in the construction of timpani, each with their advantages and disadvantages:

  • Copper: The gold (or copper) standard for a timpani. Dark, atmospheric, and expressive, a copper timpani is the ideal candidate for producing that iconic bellow, but they also carry hefty price tags and heftier weights.
  • Fiberglass: While they don't achieve that same depth of tone or moody presence, fiberglass timpani are an attractive option because they're lighter and more affordable than copper models while still sounding good.

Popular Timpani Brands on Reverb

To get started on finding the best deal for your new timpani, check out Ludwig, Majestic, and Suzuki.

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