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Pair of Timpani, France or Saxony, ca. 1890
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NMM 1266 a & b. Pair of timpani, France or Saxony, ca. 1890. One-piece bowls hammered from sheets of brass. Animal skin heads tucked around flesh hoop, using counter hoops for tension. Seven t-handles each (invented in France ca. 1790). Three-footed, iron stands. Instruments such as these were imported by American distributors such as H. C. Barnes, Carl Fischer, and Lyon and Healy. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.
Lit.: Edmund A. Bowles. The Timpani: A History in Pictures and Documents. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2002. Page 278.
Jayson Dobney, "Historic Timpani at the National Music Museum," Percussive Notes 45, No. 2 (April 2007): cover and 15-16.