Percussion Care and Repair

Yes, There is a Guide to Maintenance of Traditional
Dresden Style Timpani  

by Marshall Light

Every timpani student who has taken formal instruction has been exposed to some level of instrument care and maintenance. Indeed, many instructors include in their course an overview covering cleaning, lubrication and inspection of the unit during head replacement. But most do not have the time or the training to include an in-depth discourse on complete care for the instrument.

The information contained in this guide is intended as a supplement to any previous education on the subject, as well as recommendations for care and maintenance of the machine, rather than the musical instrument. Although the two are closely related, care of the mechanical aspect can be seen in a completely different light when the musical intangibles are not involved.

 

WHAT IS A DRESDEN 

TIMPANI NOMENCLATURE  

LUBCRICATION  

MECHANICAL AWARENESS  

EXTERNAL FINISHES  

HEAD MOUNTING SUPPLEMENT  

PREVENTION