I designed my Triangle Trigger to solve problems that regularly come up in solo, chamber, and theatre performance settings. Because of its exceptional adjustability, it can be used with a wide variety of triangles, beaters, and finger cymbals, affording the percussionist nearly limitless options.
Dr. Anthony Di Sanza - University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Anthony Di Sanza Triangle Trigger
Designed in collaboration with Anthony Di Sanza, the DTT allows for exceptional triangle sound and performance using sticks, mallets, or hands. The Di Sanza Triangle Trigger isn't meant to replace holding and striking the triangle in a traditional manner, but provides a solution to performance situations where time won't allow tradition playing techniques, such as musical theatre, multiple percussion repertoire, and limited personnel.
Play with fingers, sticks, or mallets. Single notes, fast rhythms, and rolls are all easy and natural feeling!
Vertical adjustment allows triangles up to 8 inches
The beater is at a proper angle for full overtone response
Easily move the triangle laterally to the left or right to position beater exactly where you need to
The DTT mounts on cymbal stand topper or 3/8" standard knurled post
1/4" Spectrum beater is included, along with extra triangle mounting ties
The unique beater swivel fits beaters with 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" diameter shafts
Easily rotate the beater swivel to use the different beaters you mount
The beater swivel and striking pad is fully adjustable
Triangle not included
The Di Sanza Triangle Trigger allows me the best solution for multiple percussion performance situations, where time doesn't allow fast changes of different kinds of mallets/sticks to metal beaters, even if you're using bare hands, without sticks, you can use your fingers!
Pedro Sá, Duo Sá de Percussão (Brazil)
Setting up the Triangle Trigger
Using the Finger Cymbal Attachment
DTT Finger Cymbal Attachment
You know those gigs where you have just a few finger cymbal notes, but the contractor was too cheap to hire the right number of players? Here's your solution. You get a real finger cymbal sound that is easy to play with any implement you have in your hands at the moment.
Finger Cymbals not included.
"The Di Sanza Triangle Trigger has many advantages over the other triangle machines out there. The playing angle produces a much better sound, and all the adjustment variables make your beater balance and striking area completely customizable."
Andy Jones - Broadway Percussionist for Wicked
Here's a picture of Anthony Di Sanza's first iteration of his Triangle Trigger from 2001. He came up with this for Dave Hollinden's piano and percussion duo "Platinum," which was written for Sole Nero, the piano & percussion duo of Jessica Johnson and Di Sanza. Think of it like a castanet machine for a triangle.
When we were working on the BSP version, we sent Anthony many versions to make sure that the beater response was perfect. And, because good triangle tone is dependent on hitting the triangle at the right angle and at the right distance from the corner, we made sure that those elements were an integral part of the final design.