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Aehnelt Timpani

A technical further development of the Berlin Timpani

These timpani are characterized by a gigantic sound volume, rich, full-bodied resonant tone, precise attack, romantic literature (e.g. Mahler, Bruckner, R.Strauss, etc), classical literature, large stages, large symphonic orchestras; heavy duty construction

The production of a world class concert timpani requires the manual skill and a lot of know how that we gained in over 70 years of manufacturing. For us making timpani is tradition.

The manufacture of the basic rak demands the highest precision

The whole rack and especially the bowl support have to be tension-free and round so that the timpani will not contort and the bowl won't buckle. These are crucial prerequisits for brilliant sound and good intonation.

Forging the bowl is a science

Besides the carefull selection of the finest materials, a knowledge of the numerous different manufacturing techniques is necessary to obtain an equal thickness of the metal and to guarantee the roundness of the bowl. Over the decades we permanetly optimized the dimensions of the bowls with regard to their shape. This and a special manufacturing technique create a warm and very voluminois sound. In addition each bowl of an AEHNELT Concert Timpani is hand hammered and compressed. One of the most difficult steps is the meticulous adaption of the bowl to the basic rack.

AEHNELT Timpani are not mass produced!

All its 325 single parts are produced by hand with great thproughness and attention to detail. The whole ball bearing mechanism is maintenance-free and manuifactured from best tempered stell which is in addition hard chromed. The slide bearing grips the center bolt and is self-lubricating.

Product Features

Hand forged Copper Bowls
In addition to the choice of finest raw materials a high knowledge of the numerous processing techni...
Berlin AP-Pedal (infinitely)
The AP-pedal is absolutely reliable and keeps tension precisely. The parts of the mechanism are made...
Head Locks
The locking of four tension screws prevent head slippage during transport. The screws remain movable...
Automatic Castors
For playing, the timpani can be gently let down to the floor to use the stage as additional resonanc...
Hand Hammered Bowl
The sound finally is determined by the knowledge of hammering. The manufacture of a concert tim...
The Wedding of Bowl and Rack
With meticulous precision, the shape of the frame’s suspension ring is worked. It must correspond ex...
Fine Tuner
Fine Tuner Handle The fine tuner handle fits comfortably in the hand and has a...
A visible mark shows the possible travel of the thread
Adjustable Pedal Foot Plate
Another feature that contributes to the comfortable operation of this model timpani.
Ergonomic Release Lever
Its’ curved shape follows the form of the shoe and facilitates a comfortable quick and easy pedal re...
Pedal Return Assistance
AEHNELT timpani have a sensitively balanced system of levers. This provides pedal action with “natur...
Pedal Stop
The pedal mechanism can be easily blocked. Thus, the head tension cannot be accidentally changed on ...
Precision Tuning Gauge (fully adjustable from player’s side)
Initial position and travel angle can be adjusted very comfortably from player’s side directly at th...
Steel Counterhoop
The vertical side extremely reinforces the rim. This leads to a maximum of firmness and so guarantee...
High-gloss Chromed Counterhoops
These counterhoops are hand-polished, then preserved in a complex electroplating with an lining of c...
½ Protective / Carrying Ring
The bowl is the heart of a timpani. In case of an accident, it can normally be repaired without prob...
Tuning Key Holster
A tuning key holster on every timpani stores your tuning key quickly and quietly.
Foot Rest
Especially when playing while sitting, the foot rest that is integrated into the timpani base is a u...
Levelling Screws
Four levelling screws are integrated into the base for compensating floor bumps up to 5 centimeters ...
Head Change Aid
In case of a head change, a spring neutralizes the weight of spider, tension screws and counterhoop....
Tension Screws with Screw-in Help
All tension screws have a small cone at their thread end. Also when the nut is shifted a little bit,...
Tension Screw Insulator
The bushes center the screws on the one hand, whereby they can be turned very easily. On the other h...
Rack made after the „Diapason“-Prinziple
A considerable part of the timpani sound is not produced by the bowl but comes from the rack instead...
Full Service History
Similar to the service book of an automobile a properly completed service booklet sheds light on reg...

Versions and variants to "Aehnelt Timpani"

Design features

Handhammered copper bowl, infinitely adjustable pedal, infinitely adjustable for any shoe size from 3.5 - 11 (US 6 - 13), pedal stop, finetuner with silent acting pistol grip, precision tuning gauge fully adjustable from player’s side (adjustable letters w. tone names, solfege on demand), chromed counterhoops made from angle steel, chromed 1/2 protective / carrying ring, 4 head locks, foot rest, 4 chromed levelling screws, comfortable full automatic castor system with foot lever, octopus tuning key with mounted tuning key holster, extra-sturdy magnetic snap-on head protector, playing height 85 cm (33.5½), colour AP-red

Indermediate sizes on demand
Item-# Shell/Bowl (Inch)Shell/Bowl (cm)TonerangeHeadsTension Screws
KP-BER-0021-000 21" 54,0 e - c siehe "Ausstattung" // see "equipment" 8
KP-BER-0022-000 22" 57,0 d - bb siehe "Ausstattung" // see "equipment" 8
KP-BER-0023-000 23" 59,5 c - a siehe "Ausstattung" // see "equipment" 8
KP-BER-0025-000 25" 64,0 H - g siehe "Ausstattung" // see "equipment" 8
KP-BER-0026-000 26" 66,5 A - f# siehe "Ausstattung" // see "equipment" 8
KP-BER-0028-000 28" 72,0 F - e siehe "Ausstattung" // see "equipment" 8
KP-BER-0029-000 29" 74,0 E - c siehe "Ausstattung" // see "equipment" 8
KP-BER-0031-000 31" 78,5 D - H siehe "Ausstattung" // see "equipment" 8
KP-BER-0032-000 32" 80,5 C - A siehe "Ausstattung" // see "equipment" 8
KP-BER-0033-000 33" 84,0 A - G siehe "Ausstattung" // see "equipment" 8
KP-BER-0035-000 35" 89,0 G - F siehe "Ausstattung" // see "equipment" 8
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