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.