Timpani Drumhead: Inserts Explained

What are the differences between the Timpani head inserts?

Remo Timpani Head Insert Rings available for RC and TC series, serve to increase the strength and rigidity of the aluminum flesh hoop of the drumhead. This is very important, especially for larger sized drumheads, in order to prevent the flesh hoop from going out-of-round and also to maintain tuning stability within the drumhead.



Original high Steel insert rings were developed by the legendary Cloyd Duff (The Cleveland Orchestra) and Remo’s Lloyd McCausland. They provide more rigidity and strength to the flesh hoop while increasing sustain and projection from the drum. Many top orchestral timpanists prefer the high Steel insert, as it tends to increase the projection of the drum. This Steel insert ring is anodized, preventing any rust for the life of the head.



Low Profile Steel insert rings can accommodate all models of timpani. They are twice as thick as the original high Steel insert, providing increased rigidity and strength to the flesh hoop. The lower height of the insert provides a lower clearance between the counter hoop and the drumhead. This low steel insert ring is anodized, preventing any rust for the life of the head.



Aluminum insert rings were originally designed to accommodate early hand-screw drums, allowing the tuning handle to reach the receiver. The aluminum insert also corrected the rusting that occurred over time from the raw steel insert rings supplied by some early timpani manufacturers.
Aluminum insert rings are standard on all Yamaha and Adams factory-equipped Remo timpani heads.


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