The modern timpani can be traced back to tiny clay drums about the size of our bongos, called
. Ken Lovelett's Naggara Drums are a cross between the timpani and the naggara drums of old. They are made of clay or wood, and are small like the original Naggara Drums. Traditionally played in pairs, Ken's design incorporates 5 drums for a wider tonal variance. They are set in a specially built wooden table for ease of playing. Two foot-operated bellows with tubes going into each drum create the ability to change pitch for an effect like a timpani glissando, and offering many exciting new possibilities for rhythmic and tonal nuances. The arc that rides over the top is to hold bells, chimes - or any other objects chosen by the performer - creating many more new tonal possibilities. The drums can be played with the hands, or with mallets.
This completely handmade instrument took several years to develop and build. Only a limited number will be made.
NAGGARA DRUMS, Rock Maple & Mahogany inlay
The bottom of a naggara drum
The top of a naggara drum with slunk skin head.
Oak stained golden oak with multi-chambered woodblock, redwood guiro,clay bell,5 brass bells, indian bell, and vintage bell, & wood salad bowl, 14" bass drum' and two foot bellows.