TIMBRA is the name of a brandnew percussion line that the brazilian manufacturer IZZO will be presenting at the Musikmesse Frankfurt this year. The modern design and top
quality of the entire range of samba percussion instruments ( Surdo, Pandeiro, Timbal, Repenique, Caixa and Cuica) is a real eyecatcher!
The standards for these instruments have been set up together with top musicians, like Rumpilezz and Chiclete com Banana from Salvador/Bahia.
They not only took influence on the developement of the instruments, they also put the prototypes to the acid test. The result of this absolutely professional
liaison are for example 90cm high Timbals in wood and aluminium which are all equiped with 16 tension hooks for high tuning! Of course this grade of perfection
will surely demand an adequate price but on the other hand these instruments seem to be very promising.
In the past we have offered Artcelsior caixas and repeniques in 2 different product lines: one version with aluminium shell and chromed tension rods and rims, and as alternative all in zinced steel. Two options with very different sound characteristics ( steel shells produce a significant dry sound!) and therefore an important part of our assortement. Since instruments with a steel shell are are much heavier we offer surdos only with an aluminium body and chromed steel hardware.
Chrome plating has become so expensive in the past few years that instruments with chrome plated hardware have more or less disappeared from the brazilian market. In order to be able to offer Artcelsior instruments for reasonable prices in the future, we have decided to follow this trend and from now on can supply not only caixa and repinique with zinced hardware, but also all sizes of surdos.