Adams Musical Instruments, & Raymond Curfs, present, The German Classic Timpani

German Classic

The Adams German Classic Timpani are made for the new generation of timpani players with a traditional Berlin sound in mind that perfectly fits the Classic and Romantic repertoire.

The German Classic Timpani combine characteristic features and a traditional sound, with great innovations, modern craftsmanship, and state of the art design. Every detail of the German Classic Timpani has been scientifically and/or play-tested, which has led to interesting new findings and conclusions.

At Adams, we set out to create a new timpani model with a traditional warm and bold Berlin sound, increased volume, and concert hall filling projection. The pedal system is a new and subtle improvement on the well-known Ringer-style pedal. Finer and better geometrics of the teeth on the ratchet, a newly developed decoupling of the pedal, and perfect counter-pressure pedal feel make this the finest Ringer-style pedal system on the market today.

During the years of development on the German Classics, we focused not only on what would be the individually best bowl or best frame. Instead, we made dozens of different combinations to find a sound supreme to any comparable timpani in the world. A great breakthrough in this development was the scientific research on the struts of the German Classic Timpani. The struts are designed to amplify the bowl and the forks of the struts are adjusted to the bowl size to get better distribution of the tension on the bowl.

The pointer of the tuning gauge can be adjusted with only a fingertip, which is practical when playing calf heads in difficult conditions. Each timpani is equipped with head-centring-devices to keep the heads perfectly in place, and a new design of the finetuner ensures smooth and silent operation. The volcano grey coloured frame gives the German Classic Timpani a striking and 21st century design that suits the new generation and perfectly contrasts the traditional sound.

Unique to the German Classic sound is the clean attack that is full of tone and body from the beginning until the end of the sound, instead of a percussive attack followed by tone on comparable Berlin-style timpani.

The German Classic Timpani have been co-created and intensively tested by Raymond Curfs - principal timpani player of the "Symphonie orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks" and the "Lucerne Festival Orchestra". His mission was to create a legacy for the next generations of players - a masterpiece that is the outcome of the great experience he gained over years of playing in the best orchestras under the best conductors.

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Adams Musical Instruments

André Adams, our founder, started repairing brass instruments in 1970. Music was his hobby, and engineering was his passion. After gaining experience as an instrument maker with various well-known firms throughout Europe, his unique background led to the emergence of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of percussion- and brass instruments.

For over our fourty years, the family business of Adams has continued to develop all facets of our instruments. Typical for a family business is their character, commitment, passion and informal atmosphere. Our relationship with musicians suits this perfectly and forms a vital part of our business.

Adams Musical Instruments continues to innovate and grow as the result of ongoing partnership with professional and amateur musicians, as well as cooperation with several universities. This coordination results in instruments that have been scientifically designed and musician tested. We call this the sound of quality. The commitment to excellence ensures that every instrument is able to support the demands of every player and composer in all areas of music making, creating a superior musical experience.

The fact that Adams enjoys a huge reputation worldwide cannot alone be attributed to hard work, and constant innovation. You, the client and player, have been part in this process too. After all, it is the individual wish of the customer that provides us with the inspiration to perfect our range of instruments and to continue to break new ground.

We sincerely hope to share our passion with you: Experience the Sound of Quality.

Raymond Curfs

Raymond Curfs was born in the Netherlands and studied timpani and percussion in Maastricht, Cologne, and Berlin. After engagements in the Noord Nederlands Orkest in Groningen, the Municipal Theatre in Bielefeld, and the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlin, he became principal timpanist in the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich in 1999.

In 2007, he attained the same position in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. From 2000 to 2006, he also played in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

A close artistic friendship linked him with Claudio Abbado, on whose invitation he has served as a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Raymond Curfs teaches at the Munich Music Academy. He also makes regular appearances as a chamber musician and soloist.

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