The needle ratio consists of the needle stitches of its own throws in relation to the needle stitches of the other timpani edge . The corporation, whose Paukant has fewer “needles”, speaks of a positive needle ratio for their side.
Although the scale knows neither winners nor losers, the needle ratio unofficially plays a role in the fencing reputation of a fencer or his corporation. That is why the timpani doctors sometimes sew slings with as few stitches as possible. In the 1850s, the timpani doctor Friedrich Immisch even developed methods to further reduce the number of needles in the case of hits on the head by knotting the hair of the timpani edge around the crotch.
- [[Peter Hauser (Author) |]] (Ed.): Schmisse, Lappen, Bochensplitter - Paukärztliche Schriften des 19. Century. WJK-Verlag, Hilden 2005, ISBN 3-933892-91-0 . P. 30.
- [[Peter Hauser (Author) |]] (Ed.): Schmisse, Lappen, Boneensplitter - Paukärztliche Schriften des 19. Century. WJK-Verlag, Hilden 2005, ISBN 3-933892-91-0 . P. 29.