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That's One Big Drum!

Jonathan Haas with world's largest timpani

Yep, NYU is home to the world’s largest timpani drum, which was built by Steinhardt’s Jonathan Haas, virtuoso timpanist and director of the percussion studies program. Here are the specs:

Size: 70 inches (nearly six feet!) wide and nearly four feet tall, almost TWICE the size of the world’s second-largest timpani.

Debuted: In Louisville, Kentucky, at the Percussive Arts Society’s November 2003 convention.

Made out of: A 150-year-old solid copper bowl that Professor Haas discovered in a cow pasture in Aspen, Colorado. The kettle had originally been used to manufacture Swiss cheese at the turn of the century.

Lowest note: A B-flat TWO OCTAVES below the lowest C on any other existing timpani. 


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