The material used has only a very limited influence on the sound. But it has quite an influence on how the tipper feels and how comfortable it is when you´re playing, and of course what it looks like.
The most suitable woods are:
Ebony, macassar, snakewood, cocobolo, pink ivory, beech, maple, ash, oak, bamboo, grenadilla, purple heart, coconut, walnut, yew, amaranth, and more.
Other materials that can be used are:
Carbon, aluminium, Plexiglas, copper, fibres and bristles, leather, wool, textiles, antlers, ivory, horn, and more.
As you can see, there is practically no limit to the choice of materials.
Much the same applies to the tipper´s shape as to the material used:
it has little influence on the sound, but it´s important to comfort and feel when you´re playing.
The shape of the tipper has undergone major changes over the past few years. Whereas a few years ago, most players used short, thick, heavy tippers, some of which even had weights built into them, nowadays there is a preference for long, slim, very well-balanced tippers.
This is the feature that has the greatest influence on the sound!
This design distributes the impact energy over a number of “small tippers” (dowels).
If you are outside the EU, you pay the price without German VAT, it’s price marked as “netto” in the shop.
VAT will be deducted, once you have chosen the acountry outside the EU for delivery when entering the site or when finishing your order at the checkout.
Dr. Rolf Wagels
An der Kapelle 10
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