Here is a very good opportunity to save yourself some cash if you are interested in purchasing Adams Revolution Timpani. This 26″ kettle drum has never even really been played, indeed I had to tune up the head in order to demonstrate it in the video below. It is in perfect condition as can be seen in the video and photos below. Included in the sale is an Adams dust cover and it may even include some other appropriate goodies. These drums have several bowl options, so please make note that this drum has the smooth copper bowl. If you are interested in purchasing this drum, please send me an email.
This was actually the first time that I had seen one of these drums in the flesh, (and it is noticeable!) I was curious to see how they worked and sounded. As I state in the video, I am sure that there is an easier way of replacing the detached bowl. Furthermore, I know that there are other features like fine tune/range and height adjustment, but I figure that if you are interested in buying these drums, then you will have already done your research and will know all about them. Additionally I am sure that there will be videos and other reference material online specifically concerned with product demonstration, so I have no interest in researching and regurgitating that information. However, from a personal perspective I didn’t find using these additional features or the core concept of bowl removal particularly self evident, so I would advise interested parties that there probably is a need to subject yourselves to watching experts eulogise over these drums.
In the video you can see that I struggled with the pedalling. Partly the issue was that I was in my socks and I found pushing hard on that high grip metal pedal challenging to my delicate disposition – plus I already had a splinter in my big toe. However, time was marching on, and I didn’t have time to play around with the balanced action which may well have been fiddled around with by the owner and I had also even given it a few turns. Therefore the balancing mechanism will certainly require adjustment and this may well be the source of the additional friction. The reason why I am sounding vague is because these drums are a relatively new arrival into the world of timpani and there hasn’t been enough time for them to come through my workshop in need of service and repair. Consequently I simply don’t know all the little intricacies of the mechanism and how they need to be optimised for best results.