Useful tips and information
Timbal - shopping guide
Timbals are available in various sizes. In order to find out which timbal is the right one for you, have a look at a couple of aspects: If you like a strong bass sound, you should choose a timbal with a diameter of at least 13" or 14". The typical-sounding open tones and sharp slaps are also easier to play on a larger diameter. We therefore recommend to choose your timbal as large as possible! A height of 70cm is suitable for players up to 1,68m, if you are taller, you should get a timbal with 90 cm height. Take a look where you like playing the timbal - at the height of your hips or lower.
Wood or Aluminium?
Weight, sound and appearance is what we´re looking at here. The weight of each instrument differs depending on the manufacturers and the used materials but in general you can say: Aluminium timbals weigh less than wooden timbals and are more suitable for resisting the stronger force effect due to high pitching. The sound of aluminium timbals is sharp and dirty. Wooden timbals have softer overtones and less sustain. Aluminium timbals come with shiny or with brushed surfaces. Wooden timbals are offered by various brands in either natural look or painted in different colours.
Most timbals are equipped with a rounded so-called comfort rim. If your playing technique is advanced, you can also try a simple rounded 4-6 mm steel rim, though this one is not adecuate for hich pitching.
How many tension hooks?
As an answer to the trend of pitching timbals as high as technically possible, some companies have developed a tension system with 16 hooks. The effect is as simple as ingenious: When tuning the timbal up high, the force is spread equally onto the shell, which is how such a high pitching is possible in the first place.
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