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  1. Registered User

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    Default How to clear timpani

    We have some really nice timpani at my school and I want to keep them that way.
    Last year I cleared the timpani somewhat, but looking back I know I screwed up a bit (I tuned it like I would a tom, I hit at the edge. I should have hit more towards the middle). Also, some dumbass left a huge pile of stuff on one over the summer (I had to tighten the timpani by hand, that's how loose it was).
    Do you just get a tuning fork and timpani key and tune it until it matches or what?
    I've been wanting to clear them for awhile, they sound a bit muddy.

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    Are you planning on replacing the heads on the drums? I ask as many feel that once a timpano has been initially tuned, the only way to truly clear the head and thus the drum is to replace the head with a new one. That is why most timpanist take quite a while when installing new heads because it is a complicated process and one that is easily ruined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumYoda
    Are you planning on replacing the heads on the drums? I ask as many feel that once a timpano has been initially tuned, the only way to truly clear the head and thus the drum is to replace the head with a new one. That is why most timpanist take quite a while when installing new heads because it is a complicated process and one that is easily ruined.
    No, I just want to retune the current ones, they are way out of tune.

  4. Rogue Ex-Mod

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    Have you looked at this? Tom Freer knows a LOT about timpani:

    http://www.pearldrum.com/03_nuupdts/..._timpheads.pdf
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    Also, some advice from Mark Wessels:

    http://www.vicfirth.com/education/ar...imp_heads.html
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    Ask the director to get a tension tuner.

    We have one and the timpani's always sound great.

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