“Toca timbales come with high quality plastic heads. Your timbales will need to be tuned as they do not come pre-tuned from the factory. First, assemble drums on the stand. Use tuning wrench or drum key depending on the model timbale set you have and remove any ripples in the head that may appear. Pick a tension rod to start at and give it a turn counter clockwise. Do this to all tension rods, moving in a clockwise direction until you reach the point that you started from. Continue this process until you obtain the desired pitch. Once the desired pitch is achieved, tap the head 1″ in from each lug to get the head in tune with itself”.
**There are many different tuning possibilities depending on your preference. The interval of a perfect fourth between the two drums is the most common tuning, however drums can also be tuned to the interval of a perfect fifth.
We recommend the following tunings using a piano keyboard.
Macho F 1 octave above middle C – A
Hembra C 1 octave above middle C – E
Information used by kind Permission from Toca / RBIMusic – Mark Petrocelli (April 2023)
First Thursday Jams with Kelli Campbell, in Dayton, Ohio. Performed with some friends and met some new musicians as well. Great night back a few months ago, before the Pandemic (Covid – 19).
Learning how to listen to others is important. Going into last section of the song, esp. this one, more energy is needed to make it soar to new musical directions. Accenting certain band figures is good too; don’t overdue it though. Tasteful performances result … like this one.
Been around a long time – 1901; more than a century old!
The Paiste History
The Paiste Sound Story begins at the turn of the century.
Michail Toomas Paiste, a composer and musician, whose father had come from Estonia to serve in the Tsarist Guard, founds a publishing business and music store in St. Petersburg. The operation, which also includes modest instrument manufacturing and repair facilities, flourishes for many years until the upheavals of the Russian Revolution force its closing.
Michail Toomas returns to his native country, and re-opens his business in the city of Tallinn. It is here that he begins to design and manufacture cymbals for concert and marching bands together with his son, Michail M. Paiste, who quickly becomes the driving force and eventually takes over the business. Seeking to meet the rapidly evolving demands of “modern music” and the emerging drum set, the son begins to develop his own special concept for Turkish style cymbals, which he prefers over the Chinese style as a starting point. It is during this time that he also develops the first gongs. The resulting instruments receive awards and international recognition as they begin to be exported to Europe, the USA and overseas.