LP Prestige Timbales.

Author:Mangual, Rudy
Position:PRODUCT REVIEW
 
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LP1314-S LP Prestige 13" & 14"' Timbales, stainless steel

LP1415-BZ LP Prestige 14" & 15" Timbales, bronze

LP1516-B LP Prestige 15" & 16" Thunder Timbs, brass

The timbal (or paila criolla) was invented in Cuba and first used in the early 20th century charangas asa replacement for the standard tympani (kettle drum) used in the original Cuban orchestras known as "orquestas típicas". Timbal is also the French word for tympani, thus the French call the Cuban instrument "timbales latines." The percussion instrument consists of two shallow, single-headed drums with metal casing mounted on a stand and mainly played while standing. The head diameters usually range from 12" (30cm) to 16" (40cm) with the pair normally differing in size by one inch (3cm). As in the case of its instrumental cousin, the bongó, the smaller drum is called "macho" (male) and the larger "hembra" (female), with the macho producing the sharper, higher sounds. The timbales are played with timbal sticks (straight sticks with no shoulder or head). Completing the traditional timbal set are cowbells, wood blocks and cymbals. While the basic overall design of the instrument has not changed much in the past 100 years, the timbales have evolved greatly in their construction, tonality and appearance. Thanks to the talents of legendary timbaleros (such as Tito Puente, Manny Oquendo, José Luis "Changuito" Quintana, Ubaldo Nieto, and Orestes Vilató), the timbales are an essential tool in the arsenal of most working percussionists and drummers, regardless of their musical styles.

The new line of timbales from Latin Percussion (LP), the LP Prestige Timbales, represents the ultimate reexamination of the single-headed timbal concept, basically reinventing the instrument in all its forms. After conversing with veteran percussionists from LP's artist team, the designers created new shells out of certain metals in optimum densities and shaped ultra-round to enable free travel of vibrations. The final result are shells that resonate with authentic "cáscaras," reminiscent of the sound of the early Ludwig Lily timbales of the 1940s. Also completely overhauled are the tuning mechanisms, improved rims and rim seating, as well as a strong stable adjustable tilt mounting stand. The LP...

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