What drum head are you using (live and/or recording)?

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Post Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:34 am

I've got lots of different heads across a wide range of drums. For drumkits I only use Remo. I like clear pinstrips on the kick batter with an Ambassador resonant head.

Snare drum choice depends on the drum. On my 6 X 14" Sonor Artist cottonwood I prefer a fibreskin batter and a Diplomat reso'.

On my Sonor Artist brass 5 X 14" I prefer a coated CS black dot with a Diplomat reso'.

My Sonor Delite 4.4 X 14" maple gets the same combination.

Stainless steel snares get the same, but depending on the drum may get an Ambassador reso'.

Toms get a choice between clear Emperors or coated Ambassadors with clear Ambassador reso's.

Timbales have a coated Emperor on the hembra and a clear Diplomat on the macho.

Timbalitos have a clear Ambassador on the hembra and a clear Diplomat on the macho.

Roto toms always have clear Ambassadors.

My congas, bongos and bata have the original calf skin heads.

Repique de maos have clear Diplomats.

Zabumbas have black Pinstripes on the batter and clear Diplomats on the reso'. The Pinstripe is then muffled using gaffers tape.

Repiniques have clear Ambassadors top and bottom.

Tambourines have either natural or Fibreskin heads depending on the drum.

Pandeiros have either Brazilian made plastic reflective flag heads or goat skin.

Tamborims have the choice of Raul clear single ply or goat skin heads.

Surdos have coated Ambassadors on the batter and clear Diplomats on the reso'.

Cuicas have Raul white single ply heads.

Djembes have goat skin heads.

Timbaus have clear Diplomats and white Raul single ply heads.
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Post Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:13 pm

G1's bottom
G2's top

hazy 300 bottom snare
power center top

and havent bothered with changing my heads on my bass so have the heads that came with it.
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Post Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:12 pm

Aquarian the only heads that sounded good on my kit

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Post Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:48 pm


Guys, seriously. They are the cheapest AND they sound the best. They won't seperate from the hoop. They even give me discounted heads! What's not to love?!?!?! There's just no reason not to try them. You don't have to break them in to get them to sit correctly on the bearing edge. They are less durable, I will say that. But all you need is a lighter.

If you have pitting or dents in your heads, tilt them upside down on your lap and wave a lit lighter close to the dents for a few seconds and then retune the head after cooling. The dents flatten and the head sounds brand new. This procedure can be repeated. It begins to lose its effectivness after the 3rd or 4th time.

This is what I recommend you try:

Snare: Coated One Ply Medium w/bottum dot and Coated Thin Skin II for the hard hitters, Snare Side Thin for the bottum (with Puresound wires, the best)

Toms: Clear Thin Skin II (this head is a must try) and Clear Thin Skin I for the bottum

Kick: Clear No Overtone and Black No Overtone Ported on front (very little muffling if any)
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Post Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:02 am

What Attack heads you think resemble Evans G1- I'm looking for a G1 kinda head for resos.
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Post Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:40 am

As of right now, I'm in the process of switching from remo to evans. I have remos on the bottoms of all my drums, evans genera g1s on my two rack toms, evans hydraulics on my two floor toms, and remo emperors on my bass drums. Could anyone tell me of the best evans bass head to use?
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Post Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:23 pm

All Evans, I swear by them!

22" Clear Emad Batter
22" EQ3 Black Reso
14" Coated Power Centre Reverse
14" Hazy 300 Snare Side
10"/12"/14"/16" EC2 Tom Batters
10"/12"/14"/16" G1 Clear Tom Resos