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Adams 26" Schnellar Timpani with Dresden Pedal and Calfskin Head

Model # PLSD26L By: Adams
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  • Overview

    • Dresden-Style Pedal
    • Copper Hammered Pointed Bowls
    • Bowl Activated Tuning System
    • Three-Leg Base System
    • Nickel Plated Metal Parts
    • Calfskin Heads
  • Item Details

    Schnellar-style timpani (developed by Hans Schnellar) have been used by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam for decades, and their special design has been released by Adams - and upgraded with modern innovations - to the rest of the world.

    When most timpani are tuned, the process is very similar to the tuning method used on snare drums, toms, and many other drums: the tension rods pull the rim down onto the head. Schnellar timpani are very different in this regard - on these instruments, the bowl moves up against the head, while the rods and rim remain stationary.

    Adams has retained the majestic quality of this 26" drum with several high-end features:
    • Three-Leg base: A unique base with only three legs was developed to enhance the tonal character of the unique tuning system.
    • Calfskin Heads: All-natural calfskin has been the preferred material for timpani heads for centuries, and many professional timpanists still hold that opinion.
    • Claw Tension System: These claws do not change the tension on the head, which eliminates the need for a counter hoop, which in turn allows for more precise tuning.
    • Pointed Bowls: the hand-hammered copper bowls on these instruments are more elongated than traditional timpani, giving them a unique timbre.
    • 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.
  • Specifications

    Name Adams 26" Schnellar Timpani with Dresden Pedal and Calfskin Head
    Brand Adams
    Model # PLSD26L
    UPC Code 633816437151
    Sold By each
    Number of Orchestra Bells
    Number of Crotales
    Number of Vibes
    Number of Chimes
    Number of Pans
    Number of Xylophones
    Number of Marimbas
    Number of Timpani Sets
    Includes Rhythm Section
    Item Weight
    Response Frequency Range
    Amount of Phantom Power Required
    Connector Type
    Microphone Type
    Polar Pattern
    Number of Voices
    Number of Drum Set Samples
    Sequencer Details
    Display Type & Size
    Number & Type of Connections
    Type of Power Supply
    Octave Range
    Length of Warranty
    Hoop Type 
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    What's Included
    MaterialHammered Copper
    Surface Type 
    Included Equipment 
    Drum Head Type 
    Number of Mallets 
    Number of Performers 
    Drive Type 
    Footboard Length 
    Transportation Method 
    Number of Drums1
    Part Type 
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    Bore Size
    Bell Size
    Includes Tuning Slide Trigger
    Marching Tuba Type
    Number of Valves
    Exterior Material 
    Interior Material 
    Includes Head
    Is Mountable
    Bowl MaterialCopper
    Bowl TypeHammered
    Includes GaugesYes
    Number of Plies
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    Shaft Material 
    Carrier Connection Type
    Mount Type
    Compatible Brands
    Playing Position
    Is Tiltable
    Leg Type
    Maximum Instrument Size
    Minimum Instrument Size
    Number of Feet 
    Base Type
    Is Height Adjustable 
    Thread Size
    Cymbal Finish
    Maximum Height
    Synth Stand Type
    State List 
    Jingle Rows 
    Compatible With 
  • Returns & Shipping


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    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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