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Adams 30" Philharmonic Light Timpani with Dresden Pedal and Renaissance Head

Model # PLCD30 By: Adams
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  • Overview

    • Dresden-Style Pedal
    • Spring Balance Mechanism
    • Copper Hammered Cambered Bowls
    • Renaissance Heads
    • Split Rocker Arm
    • Chrome-Plated Hardware
  • Item Details

    Philharmonic Light Timpani are Adams's premiere instruments, and are often considered to be the best in the world. Adams has thrown all of its high-end features into these drums, which inevitably come together to create instruments that sound amazing at any dynamic level. These features include:
    • Hand-Hammered Copper Bowls: made from a single piece of copper without any seams, the bowls are then hammered by hand. Sound waves will slide off of smooth surfaces, but the internal bumps give the bowl enough texture to keep sound waves bouncing around inside, giving you a fuller overall sound.
    • Dresden-style Pedals: these pedals have a clutch-lock mechanism that allows the pedal to be mechanically locked in place when not in use, keeping the pitch of the drums true. In the past this was done with a ratchet involving intermeshing metal teeth, but this is not the case any more. A special split rocker arm system eliminates the extra tension usually found at the high end of each drum's range.
    • Fine-Tuner: a hand crank within easy reach allows the timpanist to finely tune the pitch when just slightly sharp or flat.
    • Spring Balance Mechanism: this device, located on the back of the drum, can be adjusted so that the 'feel' of the pedal remains the same across the entire range of the drum. Low-range changing will not feel so sloppy, and high-range changing will not feel so tight.
    • Strong Struts: the simple, sturdy struts on this instrument will keep anything from warping or bending due to strain.
    • Wheel System: two-way locking will keep the drums from ever moving around during performance. The spring-loaded pistons behind the wheels easily tilt the drums towards the player and keep it from wobbling, and are easily engaged and disengaged with your feet.
    • Precise Tuning Gauge: a unique ball-and-socket system removes all bindings normally associated with tuning gauges, giving you very precise readings. The letters themselves can be moved by loosening the thumb screw, and when tightened will not make any rattles.
    • Renaissance Heads: these Remo heads have very dark, resonant, warm qualities while still retaining the resilient qualities of a synthetic head. (Steel insert ring)
    • Wooden Head Protectors: these felt-lined head protectors come standard with any Philharmonic Light drum, and can be locked in place with the timpani key (included).
    *These drums were formerly known as the Cloyd Duff Series.
  • Specifications

    Name Adams 30" Philharmonic Light Timpani with Dresden Pedal and Renaissance Head
    Brand Adams
    Model # PLCD30
    UPC Code [Error processing dynamic tag getCurrentAttribute('item', 'upccode') : record invtpart 29636 not found]
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    Number of Orchestra Bells
    Number of Crotales
    Number of Vibes
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    SeriesPhilharmonic Light
    MaterialHammered Copper
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    Bowl MaterialCopper
    Bowl TypeHammered
    Includes GaugesYes
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  • Returns & Shipping


    If you're not completely satisfied with your purchase you can return it to us within 30 days for a full refund, store credit, or a one-for-one exchange, on nearly everything in the store. The products must be in the condition in which you received them, in the original box and packaging.

    To see instructions on how to return items, please check out our Return Policy.


    This is a big item and it’s going to ship by freight - that means it has to come to you by 18-wheeler.

    Every single order that goes out the door has a tracking number that will be emailed to you, and all of it is completely insured. Everything is carefully packed by hand - we know just how delicate this stuff can be, and how important it is to you.

    We ship from centrally-located Dallas, Texas. Howdy y’all!

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