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Tama Mini Steel Timbales

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Tama Mini Steel Timbales provide new accent possibilities in your drum set. Clear "cracky" sound. 6" and 8" diameter steel shells. Tama includes L-ro...Click To Read More About This Product

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Add color to your kit.

Tama Mini Steel Timbales provide new accent possibilities in your drum set. Clear "cracky" sound. 6" and 8" diameter steel shells. Tama includes L-rod, angle adjustment ratchet arm, and multiclamp with your Mini Steel Timbales.

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  • Steel shells
  • 6" and 8" drums
  • Includes L-rod, angle adjustment ratchet arm, and multiclamp

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TamaMini Steel Timbales
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tama Versus Meinl Mini Timbales

Here's my review of both the Tama Mini Timbales & the Meinl Mini Timbales. Depending on the sound you are going for, the Tama set is a better deal since they come...Read complete review

Here's my review of both the Tama Mini Timbales & the Meinl Mini Timbales. Depending on the sound you are going for, the Tama set is a better deal since they come with a universal clamp, and take up less space. The Meinl set sound more like Timbales. The Tama set sounds like Roto Toms to me (I owned a full set of Rotos for many years). The cost of the Meinl's are around the same but you need to buy two universal clamps separately, which is another expense. I also don't like that you need a special wrench to tune the Meinl's. For my purposes, I'm happy with both sets, although if you are going for a traditional latin sound, you may want to spring for a full size set of Timbales. The solo was on the fly, so it's nothing I worked out in advance. It's to hear the sound of the drums.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very strange...

I wanted to expand my arsenal of drum sounds, and being a Tama fan (and being on a budget), I decided to try these. I took them out of the box,...Read complete review

I wanted to expand my arsenal of drum sounds, and being a Tama fan (and being on a budget), I decided to try these. I took them out of the box, and...The mounting system sucks. It would have been better if it came with a second multiclamp and cowbell-type attachment so they could be mounted separately, but as it is, there is no way to mount them without having one offset (if you want the 6" on the left and the 8" on the right, that is). I like my toms to be vertically flush.They sound completely different from each other. The 6" is high-pitched and cracky with very little/no sustain, and the 8" sounds a lot more like a traditional tymp-tom. There is no flow or continuance of tone.Overall, these are a cheap way to expand your arsenal of sounds. If you have the money and patience to buy the additional mounting equipment, go for it. If you like them, it'll be worth. I, however, found them to look, feel, and sound cheap. I returned them. End of story.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tama Versus Meinl Mini Timbales

By hoochrocks

from Fontana, Ca

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Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

      Here's my review of both the Tama Mini Timbales & the Meinl Mini Timbales. Depending on the sound you are going for, the Tama set is a better deal since they come with a universal clamp, and take up less space. The Meinl set sound more like Timbales. The Tama set sounds like Roto Toms to me (I owned a full set of Rotos for many years). The cost of the Meinl's are around the same but you need to buy two universal clamps separately, which is another expense. I also don't like that you need a special wrench to tune the Meinl's. For my purposes, I'm happy with both sets, although if you are going for a traditional latin sound, you may want to spring for a full size set of Timbales. The solo was on the fly, so it's nothing I worked out in advance. It's to hear the sound of the drums.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent little drums!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

      I love these things! You can tune them low to sound like toms, or you can crank them, and they'll really cut through the mix. They have a sound reminiscent of rototoms. They are very shiny and look great on any kit. However, the mounting bracket can be a pain. It causes the timbales to stick out too far off the stand. It takes a bit of fiddling, but I managed to get them set up perfectly. The mounting clamp is very sturdy, but it's cumbersome. Other than that, the actual drums are amazing.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great drumset addition for the price

      By Spokane Dan

      from Spokane, WA

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      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

          I added this to my kit instead of concert toms. They sound similar to roto-toms, which I like. It's hard to see in TAMA's product image, but due to each timbale's attachment hardware, you cannot align the two drums from left to right at the same level; one drum sits a few inches higher than the other. For my setup, this wasn't a problem. The drums themselves and accompanying hardware are solid. You'll need a separate clamp to attach them to a cymbal stand or other piece of hardware.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Crack You Can Feel!

          By Jigsaw

          from Grand Prairie, TX

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          Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

          I was really searching for the timbale CRACK sound and this more than provides. The drums are durable and look sharp. I prefer them over roto-toms, the sound is a little more polished. I wasn't too crazy about the single "L" arm mounting/clamp method, so I didn't use it. Not that it didn't work, it did, but I prefer to have dedicated support for my toms/timbales, then clamped off something else. I had to experiment for a while to decide the best location within my rig. I liked them under my hi-hat, close to my thigh, but I guess the timbales are so sensitive, they would ring slightly when playing the high-hat. So I have moved them and they are good. This is an excellent add-on to your set-up, not only for a sharp new sound, but for price and appearance as well.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Very strange...

          By NateDaTater

          from Portland, OR

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

          I wanted to expand my arsenal of drum sounds, and being a Tama fan (and being on a budget), I decided to try these. I took them out of the box, and...The mounting system sucks. It would have been better if it came with a second multiclamp and cowbell-type attachment so they could be mounted separately, but as it is, there is no way to mount them without having one offset (if you want the 6" on the left and the 8" on the right, that is). I like my toms to be vertically flush.They sound completely different from each other. The 6" is high-pitched and cracky with very little/no sustain, and the 8" sounds a lot more like a traditional tymp-tom. There is no flow or continuance of tone.Overall, these are a cheap way to expand your arsenal of sounds. If you have the money and patience to buy the additional mounting equipment, go for it. If you like them, it'll be worth. I, however, found them to look, feel, and sound cheap. I returned them. End of story.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome sounds

          By TamaFreak55

          from Springfield, MO

          Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

          I've had these for about a year now and i love the sound that these things produce. I tune them up real high and they sound amazing. The only problem i had was that because of my high tuning the tension rod got stuck into the lug and it stripped out when i changed the head. So i recommend using a lubricant or vaseline on the rods so they don't get stuck if you want to tune them high. Other than that these things are incredible.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Timbales

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

          I bought these 9 months ago, and I love them. They produce a great sound that enhances my fills. I play in a Jam Band in southern Mass., and these are perfect for what I needed, which was something that could closely simulate an octabon. The only problem witht hese are the head. They dent real easily, and I can't find replacement ones.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice Tonal Bark

          By Chi Happens

          from Brevard, NC

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          Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

          I bought these to add to my set to play Rush songs without needing to place Moongels on my Pulse Pro Roto Toms (which works like a charm but requires me to be quick between songs during gigs...which I typically am not :) ). They were almost perfectly tuned right out of the box (I think I gave each lug 1/8 or 1/4 turn) and the heads are quite responsive and musical. I placed Moongels permanently on these to make them have that sharp tonal bark you hear in most Rush songs. Because they have steel shells (Roto toms have NO shells), they project a bit more for me. I mounted them above my 10" tom which allows for easy access. The clamp that comes with these is the standard Tama clamp so you can separate them if you wish. The thing I like best about the mounting is that the 6"'s mount is upside down compared to the 8" so stacking them evenly is a no-brainer.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          tamas mini tymps(timbales)

          By Duke Terry

          from ossining new york

          Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

          My new mini tymps have enabled me to obtain an interesting professional latin sound which I could not get with my tom toms and rim shots off of my snare. I have them mounted between my high hat and left tom on a new tama stand with a steeply angled 20" medium ride for easy accesibility for either hand. They look terrific and the price was right. Feel very comfortable using them for both short and medium fills. I'm having fun.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          good accessory

          By tomjoetomjoe

          from IN

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          Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

          I wouldn't use these as a substitute for "real latin flavor" but they definitely can fake it. I was very impressed with the looks, I was expecting something that looked relatively cheap, but they look great. The 8" does have more tone than the 6" but I haven't replaced the heads or messed with the tuning that much either. One of the better buys I've made.

           
          4.0

          Nice little drums

          By Frantic Freddie

          from The Land of Enchantment

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          Pros

          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Venues

            Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

            I got these to add a little sonic color to my Breakbeats. I replaced the heads with Remo Clear Emperors & also replaced the hoops with 2.3 mm, which is something I highly recommend doing if you play rimshots on them, the original 1.6 mm hoops will go out of tune easily.
            Now they have have nice sound that cuts through & blend well with the rest of the set.
            I've seen complaints about the holders, I found that if you interlace them instead of stacking them, you'll only have about 1/2" difference in the height between them.
            Yes, the holder is tricky to get right, but with some fiddling I managed to do it & I'm happy with where they hang.

             
            4.0

            Not perfect, but not bad

            By Frantic Freddie

            from The Land of Enchantment

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            Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

            As I mentioned above, not much flexibility in mounting, I'm not crazy about the long mounting arms.
            One reviewer mentioned that they had to be mounted with one higher than the other, I found out that the holders interlace, which is not intuitive, but allows them to be mounted at almost the same height. Frankly it's kind of a pain.
            I think Tama should just put standard tom brackets on them & include a double mount, it'd be easier to place on a set.

             
            5.0

            Very cool sounding drum

            By Jingraw

            from Springfield, MO

            Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

            The only problem I had with this product is that it was hard to find a comfortable place to mount them around my drum kit, but once I did they became my favorite add-on to my kit. The hardware is excellent because it's Tama hardware, but you don't have alot of freedom when trying set them up with your kit. You're sort of limited to find a spot to mount them. The perfect spot that I found to place them is before your first tom like you're adding two more toms to your kit. It has a really cool sound and it adds more color and dynamics to my kit. These are the first set of Mini Timbales that I own and I think that they will be the last too.

             
            5.0

            blarb

            By zildjian player

            from australia

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            Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

            i like these small tribal drums. they add spice to my life.

             
            5.0

            THESE ROCK

            By TamaDrummer11

            from Winchester KY

            Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

            Just like it says in the title. These rock! I played these at a recent gig when someone told me that they would really help for spicing up fills etc. I now see that they were true, I loves the soiund. And i willl most certanley buy thee as asoon as possible.

             
            5.0

            Nuthin Mini

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

            I am very impressed with the sound quality from these mini's. There really is nothing mini about them. They sound twice as big as they are. I have the 8" and 10" and I'm lovin it. What's up now Tito...

             
            3.0

            Bad clamp and overtones

            By Mike-HejIV

            from Chicago

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            Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

            I have these in a 10 and 8 inch set and they are hard to tune because you get odd overtones. The clamp that comes with the set is a pain too, I use 2 clamps for the separate drums with my set. Although there are a few problems, they have a cool funky sound and are a great addition to a set.

             
            5.0

            An excellent accessory, for the price that is.

            By AKA_gordon

            from Cullman, Al

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            Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

            I am beyond satisfied for what i got for what i gave for these. They are of reasonable pro quality, though not high standards, and come at an extreme value. The 1 problem i've had is that the position changes often after an hour or two practice session.

             
            5.0

            These timps rule

            By Deadly sins drummer

            from quincy, il.

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            Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

            i had to borrow someone elses set for a recent gig and he had a set of these. they sounded sweet. they still had the tama heads on them and everything. there are a great buy and im thinking about getting some myself.

             
            5.0

            Great BANG for your Buck! Buy these Today!

            By Best Bag for your Buck!

            from Carmichael, CA

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            Comments about Tama Mini Steel Timbales:

            Great wa to ad new/ different sound to your kit. I love the versatility of the mounting hardware, (the drums have their own mounts like a regular tom type so you can mount them together or in sepperate locations on your kit).Cool! TAMA is great. The quality is there. They are timbales for Pete

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