Aquarian Performance II or Remo Pinstripe Ebony

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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:21 pm

Hey guys,

Needed some advice. About 5 months ago, I purchased some Remo Pinstripe Ebony drum heads. I really like them, but am having to replace them. One of my cymbals became loose from the attachment and slid right on top of my rack tom and split the head. I'm also going to be recording soon.

Anyhow, I wanted to get some advice about Aquarian Performance II's? I really like the Ebony heads, but they are a tad bit expensive. Since I tend to tune my toms pretty low anyway and still find myself using tape sometimes, I thought maybe I should try performance II's. Has anyone tried them? Over the years I have found myself tuning my toms lower and lower. Don't know why. Maybe just a change of taste.
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:56 pm

I used to have a set. Very '70s classic rock sounding. Maybe try just one out at first, though.
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:55 pm

Hey Garrett,

Thanks for the advice. I decided to go with Aquarian Response 2's and just add some muffling rings. I think the Performance 2's were just a little too muffled for my liking. I also decided not to go with Remo Pinstripes. I like them, but playing live I could hardly hear my tom's and I don't think anybody else could either....which makes for a sad panda!
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:58 pm

You won't need muffling rings with Response 2 heads if you tune them well. Aside from that, it's all that muffling that's killing the volume of your drums. :)

Yeah, the Performance II heads are really dead sounding. That's why I recommended just getting one at first. They're good if you're going for a classic rock sound and will be mic'd up, but not so good in any other situation.
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:48 pm

If you tune low AND use muffling rings, I think you might be over doing it

why not just try a coated head? Single ply should work for tuning low and naturally sound a bit more muffled than a clear head, but will also sound open and have real tone and ring.
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Post Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:14 am

I've tried coated heads and didn't really seem to like them. Sounded a little too warm and dry if that makes any sense? I recorded with some awhile back and didn't really like the sound. Of course, the engineer wasn't a very good engineer either. I think I like the sound of a clear tom, seems a little bit brighter.
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I think your right Assback, probably was using too much muffling. I had a spare Evans EC2 head lying around and I put it on my rack tom and found that I missed having some sustain.
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Post Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:08 pm

You'll probably like the Response 2's, then. :)
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Post Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:47 pm

yeah, that warm and dry thing makes sence. clear heads do give do sound brighter, to my ears anyhow

im actually thinking of making my next heads clears for that very reason. I love the sound of coated heads indoors, but outdoors (where i usually perform) they lose a lot of their appeal for me

plus, last time i had clear heads were pinstripes (which were too dead for me) so i think i need to give em another shot
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