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  • Greatest Timpanist Ever

    So who was/is the greatest timpanist of all time? Goodman? Schwar? Duff? Firth? Rabbio? Komst? give me a list and we'll start a survey:
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  • #2
    Start with Firth, Hinger and Goodman. Three names who are generally considered giants and who adamantly disagreed with each other in almost all areas of the instrument and approach.
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    • #3
      I would say, Cloyd Duff, Fred Hinger, Saul Goodman, Roland Kohloff and Vic Firth.

      How about people that are playing or teaching currently?

      John Tafoya and Tim Genis also spring to mind.
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      • #4
        In my opinion it's Cloyd Duff. I'm also a fan of Richard Weiner, Tom Freer and Tim Adams if you want to talk about current players. Vic Firth is a legend for many reasons, but as a player only, I would take the names above.
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        • #5
          Some time ago, I attended a clinic with David Gross, timpanist with the Grand Rapids Symphony. He played excerpts from "Le Sacre du Printemps"....he was barely touching the drums and this amazing sound was coming out of them. I have a set of the mallets that he used to make before he sold the mallet making operation to Black Swamp. Still great mallets. Great modern timpanist.
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          • #6
            David Gross is an excellent player... and a pretty nice guy too! I also like his mallets. Good call drummaman1!
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            • #7
              I studied with 2 Goodman students (one of whom was Kohloff) and one Hinger student -- also with Fred Noak, who didn't get as much recognition because he was a generation ahead and played with the Met instead of a symphony. I'd have to give the pedestal to Goodman, for setting the bar, defining the role, and leaving a legacy of students in principal chairs all over the country.
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              • #8
                ME! Look for my work with the Staten Island Technical High School Concert Band.








                I am sure you've heard of them... But in all seriousness I go with Firth or Goodman
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                • #9
                  How about Shawn Lafrenz??? He's a LEGEND in the Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids!!!
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                  • #10
                    Vic Firth, no contest
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                    • #11
                      Timpani is not like drum set....duh

                      we don't have "Modern Timpanist" magazine, so we can know who's the creme de la creme. I went to school with some AMAZING timpanists. All the symphony orchestras in Europe and Asia have BAD-A*S timpanists.

                      Guys like Goodman and Firth laid the groundwork, though.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by drummaman1
                        Timpani is not like drum set....duh

                        we don't have "Modern Timpanist" magazine, so we can know who's the creme de la creme...
                        Interestingly enough, there actually was a short lived magazine called Modern Percussionist that was produced by the people at Modern Drummer. I believe that they decided that they couldn't compete with the PAS publications.
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                        • #13
                          WOW I DIDNT KNOW THERE WAS A TIMPANI SECTION
                          but in any event all great players, but to me i consider the greats to be people who i know or see. Sure the famous and well known are of course excellent players, but i narrow the scope a bit. I remember at a mixed practice with our band and rcc, rcc was warming up and their tympinist(yes it was marching timpani so it was a bit different than concert) was just fiddling around, o man he was so incredible. I don't really know his name, but he was very good.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CharacterZer0
                            Vic Firth, no contest
                            Well, again, it depends... are we talking about "chops" or "influence" on timpani? This happens a lot with set players... you get people trying to compare Virgil Donati with John Bonham. Having technical chops and being a great player or a huge influence on other musicians do not always go hand in hand. Many of the drummers with the best chops are unknown to most of the general public... but EVERYBODY knows Ringo! It's the same with timpani. Tim Adams has some of the best timpani chops ever (go to the Duff Class if you don't believe me) but he's not as famous or as influential as a guy like Vic Firth.
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                            • #15
                              Timpani "chops" are irrelevant. It's about musicianship.
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