Aquarian heads

drummer912

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I was thinking of getting some aquarian texture coated response II drum heads for my DW drums. I have heard good things about these heads, so do y'all have any testimonials?
 

SGarrett

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They're really good for a '70s sound but if you want more tone you'll probably want Response 2. I started with the Performance II and wasn't overly happy.
 

pow3rtr1p

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I don't have any experience with the coated Performance IIs, but my clear Performance IIs have a great, low rock sound. I love them, but I'll probably experiment a bit when these get old.
 

Maynardjames

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iv used performance II's clear, G2's clear/coated, pinstripes, ambassater's clear/coated and emperors clear on my Dw kit and they all sound good but the clear G2's and clear Emperors are my fav. i prefer the remos just for the stronger rim over evans. Eq3 or powerstoke on bass. its only my opinion but i hope it helps.
 

PistolCrockett

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Aquarian Drums heads are 2nd (second) to none! By far the best drum heads on the market.....


9 out 10 Drummers perfer Aquarian heads over any competitor product....Let me know if you find that 1 (one) uninformed drummer .....
 

millsybaby

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Aquarian heads are by far the best out there! Build quality is undeniable, none of the "hand picking" issues you get with Remo. They tune up in a matter of minutes straight out of the box and they sound immense!

I've used virtually everything the have to offer for the heavier player and i'm in love with Super 2's - so open and crisp its unreal. They are however, very tuning sensitive so you do have to give them a check over before every gig but its well worth it. As durable as the emperors and G2's but with a sound that puts them to shame.
The Response 2's are also the mutts nuts, a much more controlled sound due to the weight, but they last and last and last - i had these on a gigging kit for over a year that was played by well over 100 drummers at gigs in that period and they sounded fantastic until the day i change them for Performance 2's for recording reasons. I'd use these heads on tour anyday, simple reason, i know i can trust them to take a beating and still sound great after it.
The Performance 2's are much heavier, duller heads. I'm not a fan of the sound they produce as i like a nice open tone, but any fan of pinstripes should definatley give them a once over simply for the fact they are more durable and to my ears do get more tone from the drum. As said above, a very vintage sound, but if its what you like go for it.

For DW's i'd go for Super 2's all the way though, get the most out of those shells both in volume and tone. Its worth a try, even if its just the classic "i'll get a head for my middle tom and see what its like".
 

pow3rtr1p

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Boy, I wish fanboys wouldn't have ruined this discussion... I guarantee 9 out of 10 drummers don't use Aquarian. In fact, a vast minority of people on this forum alone use Aquarian. Evans and Remo are much more commonly used, though I do see a lot of people use Remo or Evans for toms and snare, but a SK II, so that's a little different. Whether you love or hate Aquarian, I don't care, but don't make bogus claims to sound clever or better than everyone else..
 

drummer912

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SGarrett":2xg0onz7 said:
They're really good for a '70s sound but if you want more tone you'll probably want Response 2. I started with the Performance II and wasn't overly happy.
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dang it, i meant to put response 2s in the post. my bad.
 

alex 101

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i have a dw kit myself and have tried the super 2's on it. overall it was a good low end sound, not exactly what they hype in the ads but good. i still prefer my clear evans g2's. for bass drum heads you still can't beat the superkick 2/regulator combo.
 

atroy

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pow3rtr1p":wdiagll7 said:
Boy, I wish fanboys wouldn't have ruined this discussion... I guarantee 9 out of 10 drummers don't use Aquarian. In fact, a vast minority of people on this forum alone use Aquarian. Evans and Remo are much more commonly used, though I do see a lot of people use Remo or Evans for toms and snare, but a SK II, so that's a little different. Whether you love or hate Aquarian, I don't care, but don't make bogus claims to sound clever or better than everyone else..
He's not throwing down facts. Sounds to me like he's just expressing his personal preference.

I do, however, appreciate your opinion on the heads.
 

SGarrett

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drummer912":1z38ksbo said:
SGarrett":1z38ksbo said:
They're really good for a '70s sound but if you want more tone you'll probably want Response 2. I started with the Performance II and wasn't overly happy.
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dang it, i meant to put response 2s in the post. my bad.
Oh, well then. :D

I use coated Response 2 heads with Hi-Frequency resonants and my toms sound big and full. I'd tell you to check out the third on my MySpace, but the drums aren't mixed well due to the fact that the engineer doesn't have much experience mixing live drums. The other two tracks have Coated Double-Thins, which turned out sounding like cardboard in the mix.
 

drummer912

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SGarrett":2q6gajbb said:
drummer912":2q6gajbb said:
SGarrett":2q6gajbb said:
They're really good for a '70s sound but if you want more tone you'll probably want Response 2. I started with the Performance II and wasn't overly happy.
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dang it, i meant to put response 2s in the post. my bad.
Oh, well then. :D

I use coated Response 2 heads with Hi-Frequency resonants and my toms sound big and full. I'd tell you to check out the third on my MySpace, but the drums aren't mixed well due to the fact that the engineer doesn't have much experience mixing live drums. The other two tracks have Coated Double-Thins, which turned out sounding like cardboard in the mix.
alright thanks alot man, im fixing to order the coated response 2s rite now actually.
 

PistolCrockett

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Since I'm not a :twisted: "Basher" I truly care about having complete "Tonal Control" of my sound. That being said, using Aquarian heads will ALWAYS be my first choice. Now on my 1976 (Bill) Zickos Pelxiglas Kit, I'm using EVANS (very dry sound)...Aquarian's won't fit...
 

screamkevin

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PistolCrockett":2fqp4d62 said:
Since I'm not a :twisted: "Basher" I truly care about having complete "Tonal Control" of my sound. That being said, using Aquarian heads will ALWAYS be my first choice. Now on my 1976 (Bill) Zickos Pelxiglas Kit, I'm using EVANS (very dry sound)...Aquarian's won't fit...
That's fine. Just don't make outrageous generalizations such as...

PistolCrockett":2fqp4d62 said:
9 out 10 Drummers perfer Aquarian heads over any competitor product....Let me know if you find that 1 (one) uninformed drummer .....
In my town alone, I know about 40-50 other drummers and none of us are Aquarian users. By my experience (and I can't stand their heads), the most popular brand out there is Remo, by far. Evans is running in second, followed by Aquarian and Attack.
 

PistolCrockett

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screamkevin":8rvwcwy9 said:
PistolCrockett":8rvwcwy9 said:
Since I'm not a :twisted: "Basher" I truly care about having complete "Tonal Control" of my sound. That being said, using Aquarian heads will ALWAYS be my first choice. Now on my 1976 (Bill) Zickos Pelxiglas Kit, I'm using EVANS (very dry sound)...Aquarian's won't fit...
That's fine. Just don't make outrageous generalizations such as...

PistolCrockett":8rvwcwy9 said:
9 out 10 Drummers perfer Aquarian heads over any competitor product....Let me know if you find that 1 (one) uninformed drummer .....
In my town alone, I know about 40-50 other drummers and none of us are Aquarian users. By my experience (and I can't stand their heads), the most popular brand out there is Remo, by far. Evans is running in second, followed by Aquarian and Attack.

Small town??? I stand by my claim. With all do respect, some cats find it hard to break old habits! I know; I was one of them, you know Pro-Mark 808's and Rock-Knockers and Remo drum heads....At the end of the day it comes right down to "Personal Teste"...
 

PistolCrockett

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pow3rtr1p":1eu15u4i said:
Boy, I wish fanboys wouldn't have ruined this discussion... I guarantee 9 out of 10 drummers don't use Aquarian. In fact, a vast minority of people on this forum alone use Aquarian. Evans and Remo are much more commonly used, though I do see a lot of people use Remo or Evans for toms and snare, but a SK II, so that's a little different. Whether you love or hate Aquarian, I don't care, but don't make bogus claims to sound clever or better than everyone else..


Ha ha ha a FanBoy?

I love that ha ha ha...
 

PistolCrockett

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PistolCrockett":1ezw84b2 said:
pow3rtr1p":1ezw84b2 said:
Boy, I wish fanboys wouldn't have ruined this discussion... I guarantee 9 out of 10 drummers don't use Aquarian. In fact, a vast minority of people on this forum alone use Aquarian. Evans and Remo are much more commonly used, though I do see a lot of people use Remo or Evans for toms and snare, but a SK II, so that's a little different. Whether you love or hate Aquarian, I don't care, but don't make bogus claims to sound clever or better than everyone else..


Aquarian Drum Heads are made by a Drummer for Drummers.....See for yourself, Roy Burns has done an outstanding job with his line of drum heads. Before switching to Aquarian, I lived for Remo drum heads. I would pickup my heads from the Remo factory in North Hollywood Ca. I'm older now so , I care more about "MY SOUND"

I would do a show and by middle of the show my Remo drum heads were sounding very "FLAT". why? Because the "Glue" that binds the head would start to seperate from the head ring. Not a good thing! Has Remo solved this problem? NO!

Side note - During my Remo days I had "their at cost deal" so replacing my heads didn't cost me very much! but money is not the object of this conversation (Sound and quality is). I gave that up for my sound, Roy Burns (Owner of Aquarian) don't know me from Adam. So I pay full price just like everyone else....and I don't mind, the pay off is great....
 

m

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I think you can get good-sounding and reliable heads from each of the major brands, I certainly have.
However, I've recently switched to Aquarian because I really dig what they're putting out.

Remo's been at it for 50 yrs, Evans for 40, Aquarian = 20.
I think that might account for why the other 2 might be more commonly recognized in some areas. They all make quality product, but there are differences and I think you have to find what works best for you.
Heads are one of the most important (and personal) factors in dialing in your tone; I would hope most folks consider this (I think they do) and choose accordingly.
 
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