In over 90% of the many tympani we
have been asked to repair, performance or pitch problems were usually
not mechanical, rather more related to the tympani's drumhead being
over stretched, beyond it's physical tuning and tension limits.
This is always attributed to individuals blindly twisting the pedal
adjustment knob, head tension knobs/ tension lugs, and every other
moveable part they have visual and physical access to. While also
having no concept as to what is happening mechanically, and without
also knowing the specific tympani drum’s symphonic tuning range,
and most do not also consider the stretching limits of the head itself.
While the drum head might “appear” "normal"
upon visual inspection, only an experienced percussionist or percussion
technician can determine this.
If your tympani have mechanical or tuning problems, it is likely that
the head will need to be replaced.
Anything less will be charged accordingly
if it happens to be a minor adjustment related issue that we easily
resolve. In our opinion "T" shaped tuning lugs are NOT recommended
for tympani in a non-professional environment, for the above reasons.
We can also re-calibrate the auto-tuning visual gauges on most concert