|The piano is the largest in size, and lowest in pitch of the three drums, holding the rhythmic base of candombe. Its rhythmic function is similar to the upright or electric bass. Its drumhead measures approximately sixteen inches in diameter.||The chico (small) name given because of its size and thinner drumhead, the highest in pitch of the three drums, and the rhythmic pendulum of the cuerda. Its drumhead measures approximately eight-and-one-half inches in diameter.||The repique's (ricochet) name tells us this drum embellishes candombe's rhythm with improvised phrases. Its drumhead measures approximately twelve inches in diameter.|
Together these three tambores create candombe.
Together these three drums are called a Cuerda