DK Percussion Chain Timpani

Chain Timpani Kits
Engraved Tuning Letters
Quadpods (stands) and Parts


  • Full-build Service

    Don't want to tinker with building your own chain timpani using DK Percussion's chain timpani kits?
    DKP offers a "Full-build" service which includes the following:

    • Support ring and counterhoop layout and drilling
    • Powdercoating of support ring and counterhoop
    • Counterhoop felt and foam treatment
    • Bowl bearing edge cleaning and teflon treatment
    • Cleaning and assembly of machined parts
    • Chain installation and head clearing
    • Quadpod (stand) building, including optional wood finish
    You can choose as many or as little services as you'd like. Pricing varies.

    Contact DK Percussion for quotes.

  • Hoop and Ring Drilling

    DK Percussion offers custom rolled counter hoops and support rings as an add-on option for the chain timpani kits.
    You can order these with your kits drop shipped from the rollers, or DKP can layout and drill them for you.
    Options include:

    • Drop shipped to customer's location
    • Layout only
    • Drilling and countersinking
    • Powder coating
    • Support hoop and/or counterhoop assembly

    Contact DK Percussion for quotes.

  • Powder Coating

    DK Percussion offers powder coating services on all steel counter hoops and support rings or plates.
    If you have other percussion parts you'd like powder coated with or without a chain timpani kit order, please inquire for pricing.

    Contact DK Percussion for quotes.

  • Quadpods & Crosses

    DK Percussion offers both threaded crosses and fully-built quadpod timpani stands. Visit the Quadpods (stands) and Parts page for more information.

    Contact DK Percussion for quotes.

Original Build Journal

The goal of DK Percussion Chain Timpani is to offer the do-it-yourself timpanist an option to reuse those old timpani bowls and to make the best possible chain timpani mechanism. This mechanism will work on pre-existing or brand new bowls.


  • Self-aligning lug design
  • Easy one-hand tuning with the option to add a second handle
  • Fine tuning from the top of the hoop
  • Chain is located under hoop and never needs to be removed
  • Stainless steel tension rods
  • Custom machined hoop ears to fit the outer diameter of rolled hoops precisely.

    Each order of chain timpani parts will consist of custom fit hoop ears to each timpani hoop being made or reused.

  • Hard anodized aircraft grade aluminum lugs, ears, sprockets, and tuning handles
  • Unique tuning gauge design that allows for unlimited range of motion and fine tuning abilities
  • Tuning handles and gauges require no screws to attach and are easy to remove
  • High quality, high precision machining on all parts
  • Design allows for any number of lugs to be used on a semi-suspended bowl

    Though plates of metal could be used to mount the lugs onto a bowl, this method allows for both bolt-on and suspended bowl options. "Semi-suspended" allows for the lugs to sit on a custom rolled ring that is attached to the timpani bowl using the existing lug holes. This same method works seamlessly with fully suspended bowls as well.

  • Works with any timpani bowl design or material for a professional "chain conversion"
  • Made in USA

Chain Timpani Kits include:

  • Each "station" includes: lug assembly, tension rod, sprocket, hoop ear, tuning and fine tuning nuts, bearings
  • All bolts needed to attached machined parts to hoop and support ring
  • Every 6-8 stations include a threaded cross to build a quadpod (stand)
  • Every 6-8 stations include a tuning handle, with the option to buy more
  • Every order includes a fine tuning handle
  • Extra chain master and half links to help with installation and tensioning
  • Information on where to purchase needed tools, chain, etc
  • Instructions and personal support, including graphical layout templates for your own drilling

Tuning Gauge Kits include:

  • Limitless adjustable magnetic anodized tuning gauge socket
  • Stainless steel indicator arm on toolless anodized magnetic holder
  • Custom machined tuning rail plate
  • 10 engraved stainless steel letter heads with custom machined thumb nuts
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