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Band And Orchestra Cymbals
By Percussion Source
3/11/2016 11:11:00 AM  
Orchestra/Concert Band Hand Cymbals are matched pairs that have a lower profile and are lighter in weight in order to offer immediate response at varying dynamics and a full range of overtones. Marching Band Cymbals are matched pairs which achieve excellent projection with a higher profile and heav Read more...

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Tags: suspended cymbals, hand cymbals, crash cymbals
Categories: Cymbals & Gongs
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Music Monday: Cirone's Pocket Dictionary
By Percussion Source
8/31/2015 6:00:00 AM  
Title: Cirone's Pocket Dictionary of Foreign Musical Terms Author: Anthony Cirone   This Monday we will look at a book every musician should have in their tool box. This small, but relatively complete, handbook of terms (over 4.00) is more than a listing of common musical terms. The book is Read more...

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Categories: Music, Software & Electronics
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Timpani Tuning Gauges
By Percussion Source
12/30/2014 11:11:00 AM  
Tuning Gauges Tuning gauges are a necessity in modern timpani playing. The gauge is directly linked to the tuning mechanism and a pointer moves as a pedal is depressed. Note names appropriate to the range of each drum are placed on a strip next to the pointer. Each of these note names is moveable t Read more...

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Tags: timpani, tuning, tuning gauge, fine tuner
Categories: Concert Percussion
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Hammered Copper vs Smooth Copper vs Fiberglass Timpani
By Percussion Source
10/25/2014 11:11:00 AM  
Copper is the traditional material for timpani and lends itself well to the pitch range of the drum while being moldable to achieve different tonal characteristics. Hammering the copper has the same effect on resonance and sustain as it does on bronze cymbals by allowing the material to vibrate more Read more...

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Tags: timpani, bowls, hammered copper, smooth copper, fiberglass
Categories: Concert Percussion
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Purchasing A Marimba?
By Percussion Source
9/20/2014 10:59:00 AM  
There are a lot of marimbas out there and it may seem overwhelming when you are deciding what might be best for you. However, when you weigh the major differences between the high end models and the models that are designed more for students, it's easy to decide what you would like and what Read more...

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Categories: Concert Percussion
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Parabolic vs Cambered Timpani Bowls
By Percussion Source
9/16/2014 11:11:00 AM  
Standard (American) bowls are parabolic in shape and have a brighter “band” tone with more presence of higher partials in the tone. Cambered (Germanic) bowls are hyperbolic in shape and tend to have a darker “orchestral” sound with a more focused fundamental tone.

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Tags: timpani, bowls, parabolic, cambered, american, germanic
Categories: Concert Percussion
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Cymbal Anatomy
By Percussion Source
7/29/2014 11:11:00 AM  
There are several aspects that affect the sound of a cymbal. Bell Size- Cymbals with larger bells generally produce more overtones and greater volume than cymbals with smaller bells. Weight – Weight greatly affect the volume, articulation, and overall sound and power of a cymbal. Thinner mod Read more...

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Tags: cymbal, anatomy, sound
Categories: Cymbals & Gongs
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Natural vs Brilliant Finished Cymbals
By Percussion Source
5/2/2013 11:11:00 AM  
Brilliant finish cymbals are machine buffed and then hand polished to a smooth, bright, and shiny look. Natural finish cymbals are neither buffed nor polished, remaining instead in their natural state. The sound between Natural and Brilliant cymbals differs only slightly. The slight tonal difference Read more...

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Timpani Frames
By Percussion Source
8/8/2012 11:11:00 AM  
Suspended Bowl systems employ a series of struts or supports and a ring around the top to allow a flanged bowl to be suspended freely inside. Just as with drumset and concert toms: the more the shell is allowed to vibrate, the more tone and sound projection is achieved. Pedestal frames are compact Read more...

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Tags: timpani, frame, suspended bowl, pedestal, retractable, cradle, struts, flange
Categories: Concert Percussion
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Timpani Pedals
By Percussion Source
8/8/2012 11:11:00 AM  
Balanced Action Pedals are the most widely used pedal styles. Balanced action systems run like a teeter totter or balance scale- the head tension on one side and a spring tension on the other. The pedal moves the counterhoop up and down, while the spring balances the tension from the head to hold th Read more...

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Tags: timpani, pedal, clutch, balanced action, ratchet, toe-block, hand tuned, block
Categories: Concert Percussion
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