Topic: protecting ears from timpani
In one of the orchestras I play with, we are using a new setup where the timpani are right behind the bassoons and clarinets. I would like to ask if anyone has had experience with plexiglass sound shields for the timpani? (the kind that would sit on the floor in front of the timpani) I haven't tried sound shields that directly attach to the chair..and I'm wondering if they would even be effective since the sound of the drums come from a wider area than just the head. I've got ear plugs and am using them but we all know how they affect one's ability to connect with our sound (in order to judge color, projection, etc.). Any advice on this situation? Thanks!