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Triple Cello (Baritone)

The triple cello pan is made out of three drums cut at approximately half their length. Each drum has eight or nine notes, with two or three of them in a middle position. The cello is mostly used for lower chords and bass riffs, filling in the bass line.

The notes are chromatically distributed, left to right from drum 1 to 2 to 3. Since the set-up consists of three drums, this layout procedure means that every third semitone will be put in the same drum. This makes the harmonic intervals of the notes in each drum form a diminished chord: B dim, C dim, and C# dim, left to right.

Overview of the Triple Cello pan

Measures for the Triple Cello pan

The measured cello pan was made in Sweden by Rudy Smith 1988. The layout of the pan has been extended with three extra upper notes according to a sketch from a folder in the CD-album "Steel Bands of Trinidad and Tobago", 1987.

Notes

Drum

Groove

Number
of notes

Tonal Range

Depth of playing
surface [mm]

Length of
side [mm]

Hole pos.
from rim [mm]

Width [mm]

Radial length [mm]

End from rim [mm]

27

B2-C#5

130-160

450

50

5

135

50

Note

Position

Radial length

Tangential length

Length along rim

B2

Outer 1

177

290

360

C3

Outer 2

175

290

360

C#3

Outer 3

175

300

360

D3

Outer 1

175

265

335

D#3

Outer 2

175

265

335

E3

Outer 3

175

265

330

F3

Outer 1

170

245

305

F#3

Outer 2

170

245

300

G3

Outer 3

170

240

300

G#3

Outer 1

170

230

285

A3

Outer 2

165

235

285

Bb3

Outer 3

170

230

285

B3

Outer 1

170

195

240

C4

Outer 2

185

195

235

C#4

Outer 3

165

195

235

D4

Outer 1

160

180

215

D#4

Outer 2

160

182

215

E4

Outer 3

160

186

215

F4

Inner 1

103

163

F#4

Inner 2

103

165

G4

Inner 3

130

156

G#4

Inner 1

98

152

A4

Inner 2

98

152

Bb4

Inner 3

94

145

B4

Inner 1

90

140

C5

Inner 2

85

135

C#5

Inner 3

80

130