[NOTE*] When I began this thread I foolishly believed it would one day be complete. This idea persisted over time. I must conclude that it wont happen. It will simply keep going. For me it has proved useful, helping me keep track of everything in one place. It has also alerted to me to what has been misplaced. For example, I cannot find my LM402. I must have loaned it out. But to whom?
I hope people are not sick of it or hate the fact that I like to photograph each individual piece. To me a cowbell is as valuable as a snare. And of course I am keeping track.
I have not thought to include home made instruments, such as shakers.
Pearl fibreglass timbau. I wanted this instrument to be inferior to Brazilian drums. I was forced to concede that it is in fact superior.
One major problem with Brazilian timbaos is that many are played by people who cannot slap. As a result they wind up the head until the tuning system is ripped out of the thin ply shell. Pearl have avoided this in two ways, the system attaches to a metal ring, and that ring is supported by the design of the shell.
The other problem Pearl has avoided is the cracking of shells in baskets. Thin ply timbaus often shatter in djembe and conga type baskets. Pearl has added a simple stand mount one finds on congas. Strong and easy to use and place in a conga set up.
The rubber ring is great as a base. The head is high quality and crisp. All in all a fine timbau.
If only the colour was better!