Philharmonic Light

Philharmonic Light

Philharmonic Light Timpani

Item number: 2PALPL

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The absolute star in “ratchet free” orchestral timpani

Adams Philharmonic Light Timpani feature the original and industry standard ratchet-free pedal system. The Philharmonic Light’s Ratchet-Free Pedal System has no intermeshing teeth, allowing the player to pinpoint any pitch without restriction. Numerous advancements established the Philharmonic Light as the benchmark for innovation in timpani manufacture—the original, adjustable split rocker arm, the adjustable length transfer bar, foot and tilting stabilizers, adjustable foot pedal resistance, and a tuning gauge positionable to the player’s exact viewing angle.  Deep drawn bowls are suspended on long bronze struts for a full, open, and ringing sound. The frame construction and features create timpani that will not distort or go sharp as the player increases volume.  From whisper soft to the loudest end of the dynamic spectrum, Philharmonic Light Timpani project beautifully and are virtually impossible to overplay.

The Adams Philharmonic Light timpani are available in the following (kettle) sizes:

20" - 21" - 23" - 25" - 26" - 28" - 29" - 30" - 32"

Dresden or Berlin Pedal Mechanism

The Adams Philharmonic Light Timpani are available with a Dresden or Berlin Pedal Mechanism, both ratchet-free and clutch operated.

Cambered Hammered Copper Kettle

1.1 mm cambered hammered copper kettles

Adjustable Transfer Bar

Adjustable Transfer Bar for Calf and Plastic Heads


Aluminum base, bronze supporting struts steel support ring


Available with Super Kalfo Heads or Remo Renaissance Heads (Hazy with Aluminum Insert Rings)

Ratchet-Free Clutch Pedal System

Ratchet-Fre Clutch Pedal System available either in Berlin or Dresden Pedal Systems for silent pinpointing of any note.

Floating Spider

Floating Spider assists in distributing head tension and decreasing pressure on the frame.

Adjustable Pedal Tension

Pedal Tension Spring for Fine Tuning Pedal Resistance

Split Rocker Arm

Unique Split Rocker Arm decreases pressure on the frame.

Fine Tuner

Fine Tuner has incredibly smooth action without increased resistance in the upper register of each drum.

Foot Operated Stabilize

Foot Operated Stabilizer has one touch positioning for stability and playing angle.  A quick release lowers the timpani back to its wheels.

Tuning Gauge

The Philharmonic Light tuning gauge is adjustable to the player’s exact viewing angle

Marinus Komst Model

As an add-on to the standard Philharmonic Light Timpani. the Marinus Komst Philharmonic Light Model is available with polished bronze struts and calf heads with clamp system.

Tuning Key

A Tuning Key is standardly included, coming in a small bag.

Felt Mute

All Adams Timpani come with a black felt mute.