How to change your jingles (platinelas)
Watch our montage-videos and read the additional information to successfully change your jingles.
In case of problems you are welcome to contact us.
How to change jingles on any pandeiro
How to change jingles on an HP pandeiro
How to mount a skin on a pandeiro
How to tape the skin on a pandeiro
How to measure the right slot size
How to take care of your instrument
In order to change your jingles you need very little knowledge or tools, it is a simple process. What you need is basically just a pair of thin pliers or a blunt blade of some kind. The process is as follows:
about 1 mm range for the jingle to move
Despite being a simple process there are some obstacles you might encounter. Here is a list of a few of them along with a possible solution.
use thin pliers to push the nail out
...use a thin, blunt kitchen knife if the pliers are to thick
...or use a pointy kitchen knife to leverage the nail out
If nothing works, you can take a blade from a hacksaw and saw through the nail, above the jingle.
Mounting advice of jingles
The HP jingles have been tried and tested in a variety of different settings and combinations. For the best results we recommend the following order of mounting them (applies to C, M, A and K series), from top to bottom:
C-series: Brass - Middle - Bronze
M-series: New Silver - Middle - Brass
A-series: Alu - Beer cap - Alu Middle - Brass middle - Beer Cap - Alu
K-series: Copper - Middle - Beer cap - Copper
The Little one we place on top of the jingles if it is necessary. Keep in mind that if your jingles have one mm or less of space without the Little one you don’t need to use it. These are only recommended orders, feel free to experiment with your own.
Taking care of your pandeiro
The skin does not need any treatment at all. With time and playing its sound will even improve. To ensure the longest life for your skin we recommend loosening it while not playing and keeping it out of direct sunlight or excessive humidity.
With time your jingles can change color due to oxidizing of the metals. This will not harm their sound, in fact, many old sets of jingles sound warm and smooth due to the natural aging process.
Please keep your instrument in its bag while not in use. This will protect it from weather influences and shocks. Be careful not to drop your pandeiro on the floor. This easily leads to damage of either the jingles or the wooden frame.
Tuning your pandeiro
The tuning of your pandeiro is a question of individual taste. With our specially selected skins you can use a low tuning as well as a high tuning. It is good to maintain an equal tension across the tuning lugs. This you achieve by tightening them in half turn steps, either crosswise or clockwise. Check the tension of the skin on each lug by tapping it close to the lug with your fingertip, trying to make the sounds equal in pitch.
A common practice to reduce overtones of the skin is to apply some tape to the inner side of it. This technique is mostly used on low tuned skins, giving them a bass drum character.
How to order your pandeiro or platinelas
To order, just click on the PayPal-button below the product that you want to buy and make the necessary specifications. The price you see is an exclusive price, but as we are a small business, you can purchase our products tax-free (According to the § 19 UStG we do not charge the German sales tax, and consequently do not account it). Shipping- and handling costs are included in the prices. If you don‘t have a PayPal account, send us an e-mail with your order and we will send you an invoice. All pandeiros are sent with a track&trace-service. Our other smaller products are sent without shipment tracking due to increased postal costs.
We ship worldwide.
We recommend that you make sure you can remove your jingles before you order.
In case you have any questions we will be happy to answer them.