German Classic Timpani, One foot in the past..., ...Both hands on the future

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.

German Classic features

KETTLE & STRUTS

The new struts, in combination with a pressed 1.5 mm copper hammered kettle, results in a supreme sound with a 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.

TUNING GAUGE

The pointer of the tuning gauge can be adjusted with only a fingertip effort, which is practical when playing with Super Kalfo heads in the most difficult temperature and humidity conditions.

FINE TUNER

A new design of the fine tuner ensures smooth and silent operation.

HEAD-CENTERING-DEVICES

Each timpani is equipped with head-centering-devices to keep the heads perfectly in place. The devices are covered with felt inside to avoid any disturbing noise.

ESTHETICS

The volcano grey colored frame gives the German Classic Timpani a striking and 21st century design that suits the new generation and perfectly contrasts the traditional sound.

STEEL STRUTS

A great breakthrough in this development was the scientific research on the struts of the German Classic Timpani. These chrome-vanadium steel 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.

NEW DESIGN OF THE RATCHETS

A new design with finer and better geometrics of the teeth on the ratchet ensures very precise, silent, and easy pedaling.

IMPROVED PEDAL SYSTEM

The pedal system is a new and subtle improvement on the well-known Ringer-style pedal. 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.

ALUMINUM SOLID BASE

The German Classic timpani are built on an extremely solid base made out of aluminum. All is powder coated in a beautiful volcano grey colour.

STAGE LEVELERS

Every foot of the German Classic timpani has an Adams stage leveler, to stabilize the timpani on uneven surfaces.

OPTIONAL WHEELS

The German Classic timpani will standard be delivered without wheels, and with a transport cart. Optional wheels can be mounted though.

OPTIONAL FLIGHT CASES

The German Classic timpani has special flight cases which can be ordered as an option.

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

Born in the Netherlands, Raymond Curfs studied percussion and timpani in Maastricht, Cologne and Berlin, with teachers including Werner Otten, Pieter Jansen, Ruud Wiener, Georg Breier and Rainer Seegers.

After engagements in the Noord Nederlands Orkest in Groningen, the Stadttheater Bielefeld, and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed Principal Timpanist at the Bavarian State Opera and Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich under music directors Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano in 1999.

In addition, from 2000-2006, Mr. Curfs was a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, where he developed a deep musical friendship with Claudio Abbado. This led an invitation from Maestro Abbado to join the Lucerne Festival Orchestra as solo timpanist, which he has held from its founding in 2003 to the present day.

In 2007, Mr. Curfs was appointed Principal Timpanist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich, with Mariss Jansons as musical director.

He is a regular guest with leading orchestras around the world, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Teatro alla Scala Orchestra in Milan, playing under the baton of conductors including Kirill Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Seguin, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly, Andris Nelsons, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, as well as great conductors of the past like Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Mstislaw Rostropowitsch.

Mr. Curfs is also a dedicated chamber musician, collaborating with colleagues such as Kolja Blacher, Lorenza Borrani, Reinhold Friedrich, Natalia Gutman, Isabelle Faust, Janine Jansen, Clemens Hagen, Katja and Marielle Labeque, Jens-Peter Maintz, Alois Posch, and Peter Sadlo, among others.

In addition, he has taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich since 2001 and the Conservatorium in Maastricht since 2011. From 2008 until 2009, he was also a visiting professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He is a frequently sought-after jury member for auditions and contests, and regularly gives masterclasses worldwide, especially on operas by Strauss and Wagner.

Mr. Curfs designed three signature series timpani mallets with the japanese company Playwood, available where fine professional percussion equipment is sold.

Raymond Curfs co- created The German Classic Timpani, a consummate instrument that is the culmination of his experience, achievements and a long, close partnership with Adams Musical Instruments. After years of planning and development, the Berlin- style timpani will be launched in 2017.

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