Tito Puente's Timbales

Tito Puente's Timbales

Born in New York City's Spanish Harlem to Puerto Rican parents, Tito Puente became one of the most important Latino bandleaders, composers, arrangers, and percussionists of his generation. He mastered both Afro-Caribbean music and jazz, contributing to the development of Latin Jazz, mambo, and salsa. In collaboration with other great Latin music and jazz artists, he brought a new Latin sound to American music.
Currently not on view
Object Name
drum set
Date made
Puente, Tito
Latin Percussion
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Garfield
Physical Description
paper; plastic; steel; chrome (overall material)
overall: 126 cm x 70 cm x 63 cm; 49 5/8 in x 27 9/16 in x 24 13/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Tito Puente
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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What size timbales did Tito use? The sizes of approximately 50 inches 28 inches 37 inches don't correlate with standard timbale sizes. I would expect the sizes of his timbales to be the shell diameter and depth. ex... 10 12 13 14 15 etc Thank you. Michael located@rcn.com
What are the Tito Puente timbales in your collection made of? Are they gold-leafed or gold plated? Please advise.
These timbales shells are made of stainless steel. The background color in the photograph makes the drum shells appear bronze or gold in color.

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