View Full Version : Heads...what's your combo?

05-19-2009, 04:21 AM
After searching a little and not finding this thread, I thought it would be interesting to find out which combination works for you.
These are mine:
Snare Drum:
-Batter:Single Coated (same as a Remo Coated Ambassador)
-Resonant: Snare Side (same as a Remo Hazy Ambassador or a Diplomat)
-Batter: Deep Performer (same as Remo Emperor)
-Resonant: Single Clear (same as Remo Ambassador)
Kick Drum
-Batter: Remo Powersonic (same as Remo Powersonic)
-Resonant: Avant Coated (same as Powerstroke 3...if there's a coated version)

So, what do you use?

NOTE: This is NOT a bashing thread. No hate against other brands, it's just a "get to know other's equipment" kind of thread.

05-19-2009, 04:30 AM

Remo Coated Emperor-X / Remo Clear Ambassador


Remo Clear Pinstripe / Remo Clear Ambassador

bass drum...

Remo Clear Powerstroke III / Remo Ebony Ambassador w/ 5.5" hole off-center

05-19-2009, 04:35 AM
Soon to be
Remo clear Powerstroke 3 batter/ Remo clear Ambassador

Snare (already is):
Evans HD Genera dry/ hazy 300 snare side

Bass (already is):
Aquarian Superkick II/ Remo Ebony pinstripe reso

05-19-2009, 04:46 AM
All snares.... Evans Genera HD dry over Hazy 300 snare head
Toms.... Remo Fiberskyns over G1 clear Evans. Normally Evans G2 coated over Evans G1 clear
Bass drum....Evans EQ3 with Gretsch Ebony Reso

05-19-2009, 04:58 AM
I have a Mapex M-Birch, all my toms have Evans coated EC-2's with EC reso's, Snare is EC reverse dot over a Hazy 300, Bass is stock heads.

05-19-2009, 06:47 AM
play a pearl export kit.
my toms are all remo ebony pinstripe for batter, and remo clear ambassador for reso.
my bass drum is a evans g2 clear for batter, and a remo ebony for reso.
and for my snare i still have the stock reso, and an remo controlled sound with black dot for batter

05-19-2009, 04:51 PM
on my cheap stagg drums i have

toms ec2 batters over stock resonants (in the future will be emperors over ambassadors)

bass drum emad clear (not emad 2) over stock resonant (possibly clear powerstroke 3 over ebony powerstroke 3 in the future)

adam snare drum CS black dot over ambassagor snare side head (that won't change ^.^ maybe i try emperor x some time but not in the near future)

05-19-2009, 05:07 PM
Snare: coated ambassador over clear ambassador snare, but I might give a coated emperor or PS3 a go soon.

Bass: clear powersonic over coated PS3.

Toms: clear PS3 over coated ambassadors, but thinking about trying pinstripes or coated emperors.

05-19-2009, 07:06 PM
Batter- Aquarian Focus-X and Modern Vintage
Reso- Mostly Remo Hazy Amb

Batter- Aquarian Response 2
Reso- Classic Clear

Batter- Aquarian Super Kick III
Reso- Stock head

05-20-2009, 08:38 AM
All heads are Aquarian

Batter- Coated Responce 2 w/Power Dot or Teaxture Coated w/ Power Dot (Studio)
Reso- Hi-Performance

Batter- Coated Response 2
Reso- Classic Clear

Batter- Clear Full Force I
Reso- Various logo heads, most often Full Force I in Video Gloss Black

05-20-2009, 09:51 AM
Snare: Batter is coated ambassador, resonant is hazy ambassador.

Toms: Batter is either coated ambassadors or coated vintage, resonant is coated amb.

Bass: Coated emperor on batter, coated ambassador on resonant with a felt strip on the batter side.

Obviously all heads are remo.

05-20-2009, 05:01 PM
All heads are Ludwig.

Batter- Silver Dot
Reso- Weather Master Snare Side.

Batter- Coated 2-ply
Reso- Clear Medium Weight

Batter- Ludwig Power Collar
Reso- Black Heavy Weather Master with 5" off center port.

05-20-2009, 05:06 PM
Snare: Remo Vintage A batter head; Ludwig snare head

Kick: Ludwig clear w/power collar batter head; Ludwig Vintage Smooth white reso head with a 4" port

Toms: Ludwig Weathermaster medium coated batter heads; Ludwig Weathermaster medium clear reso heads.

Depending on the situation, I add a set of Evans E-rings to muffle the sound a bit.

05-20-2009, 07:37 PM
10" to 13" Aquarian texture coated batter & Classic clear reso
14" & 16" with Aquarian Response II coated batter & Classic clear reso

Aquarian SuperKick I and kick pad or Aquarian coated Force I batter & REMO fiberskyn FA reso

Aquarian Texture coated batter & Remo Ambassador snare side reso
Aquarian texture coated batter w/powerdot & Classic clear snare reso
Aquarian modern vintage batter & Classic clear snare reso
Aquarian Focus-X coated w/powerdot batter & Classic clear snare reso

05-21-2009, 08:18 AM
On both my Pork Pie & Sonor Force 2005 kits
Toms - coated G2s over G1s
Kick - Super Kick 2 w/ stock reso

5 x 14 Ludwig Supra & acrolite - Ambassador over ambasaddor
6.5 x 14 Pearl Free Floating - HD Dry over Hazy 300

05-21-2009, 09:02 AM
Ludwig Black Beauty
Batter - Remo Coated Emperor
Reso - Remo Clear Ambassador

Pork Pie Little Squealer
Batter - Evans Coated G1
Reso - Evans Hazy 300

Mapex Pro-M
Batter - Evans Coated G1 (when I play unmic'd gigs) / Evans Clear G2 (practice or mic'd)
Reso - Evans Clear G Plus

Mapex Pro-M
Batter - Evans Clear EQ3
Reso - Aquarian Smooth White Regulator w/ mic hole off centered

Doug Masters
05-21-2009, 02:44 PM
Yamaha MCAN:
Kick: PS3
Toms: Vintage Emporer / Ambassador
Snare: Coated Emporer / Ambassador
Aux snare: Coated Amb/ Amb

Gretsch Renown:
Kick: EMAD
Toms: Coated G2 / Amb.
Snare: PC reverse dot / Hazy 300

05-21-2009, 08:04 PM
Ddrum Dominators: 14, 16, 18 & 26

Snare : Aquarian Hi - Energy... Remo Emperor (snare bottom) Yes, snare Emperor.. not a batter head..

Toms: Aquarian Performance 2's with Classic Clears (in black) on the bottoms

Kick : Aquarian SK 2 with Ported Regulator on the front

Tama Rockstar Customs: 10, 12, 14 & 22

Snare: Aquarian Hi - Energy .... Remo Ambassador (snare bottom)

Toms: Remo Clear Emperors.. Clear Ambassadors on the bottoms

Kick : Aquarian SK 1 with Ported Regulator on the front

Tama Rockstars: 12, 13 (power toms), 16 & 22

Snare: Remo CS Blackdot ... Remo Ambassador (snare bottom)

Toms: Remo Clear Pinstripes (sometimes Ebony Pinstripes) ... Ebony Ambassadors on the bottoms.

Kick: Aquarian SK 1 with Ported Regulator on the front

I am a fan of Aquarian but it isn't easy to get their heads. They have to be ordered and it takes forever but in time.. I will replace all remaining Remo's with Aquarians or maybe Evans..

06-27-2009, 07:09 PM
snare: coated ambassador/300 snare side hazy

toms: (mounted) remo emperor/Evans EC resonant. (floor): remo emperor/remo ambassador

Bass: Factory heads :/...(just replaced my bass drum with a gretsch...)

06-27-2009, 07:17 PM
Kick - PS3 Front/Back
Snare - Coated Emp or Coated AMb batter / Amb reso
Toms - Currently have Suede Amb batter / clear amb reso on Birch kit. Clear Ambs top/bottom on maple kit. These will be changing though

06-27-2009, 07:36 PM
Kick drums x2 = Aquarian Superkick II batters...Evans EQ3 ebony resonants ported
Pork Pie Snare drum= 13" Remo Black suede Emperor X Batter, Remo 13 Hazy snare
Toms= Evans G1 Clears batter and same heads in stock version on resonant, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16
Ludwig Supraphonic= 14" Remo Coated Ambassador snare and 14" Hazy snare side

06-27-2009, 07:37 PM
Batter: Evans Coated EMAD
Resonant: Evans Coated EQ3

Batter: Evans G Plus Frosted
Resonant: Evans Clear G1

Main snare:
Batter: Evans Coated Super Tough
Resonant: Evans Hazy 300

Side Snare:
Batter: Evans Coated G1
Resonant: Evans Hazy 200

06-28-2009, 04:06 PM
Snare Drum:
-Batter: Aquarian Coated Studio X with Dot
-Resonant: Aquarian Classic Clear

-Batter: Evans G Plus
-Resonant: Evans G1

Kick Drum
-Batter: Aquarian Force 1
-Resonant: Aquarian Force 2 Black

06-28-2009, 08:54 PM
Snare: Batter, Vintage A
Resonant, Diplomat hazy

Toms: Batter, Emperor Clear
Resonant, Clear Ambassador

Bass drum: Batter, EMAD w/ thinner foam ring
Resonant, not entirely sure, some sort of ebony head with ludwig logo (came with kit) with foam ring on porthole

06-28-2009, 10:46 PM
All of my Yamaha Stage Custom Kit has the stock clear singly ply Remo Reso's
The Batters are the following:

Snare Drum: Remo Weatherking Coated Ambassador
All Toms: Remo Pinstripes
Bass Drum: Remo Powerstroke Three

I LOVE the sound these give my drums. The Toms are punchy deep and full of tone and sustain, the snare smacks, and the bass drum thumps. Its beautiful. I don't think I'll ever need anything else.

06-29-2009, 12:00 AM
Batter- Evans EC2 Clear or Power Reverse Dot.
Reso- Evans Hazy 200

Batter- I have a set of Remo Black Suede Ambassadors on right now. I will probably switch to the Evans Onyx next.
Reso- Standard clear.

Batter- Sk2
Reso- Ported "whatever sonor" stock.

07-02-2009, 10:50 PM
All drums are taye tour pro (basswood)

snare = evans ST batter, hazy 300 reso (14")
toms = evans EC2 clear batter, G1 clear reso (8,10,12")
kick = evans EMAD clear batter (i favor the larger ring, but i use both or neither), Im pretty sure i have an old aquarian super kick reso head on there. (20")

07-02-2009, 11:52 PM
Toms: Coated Emperors over clear G1's
Snare: CS black dot over Hazy 300
Bass: EMAD single ply over standard Remo head.

07-03-2009, 01:51 AM
Normal Snare:
- Batter: Evans EC1 (the one with the self dampening metalish rings built into it)
- Snare: Pearl Snare (standard)

Piccollo Snare:
- Batter: Evans G2 Clear
- Snare: Pearl Snare (standard)

Popcorn Snare:
- Batter: Pearl Coated (standard 2-ply)
- Snare: Pearl Snare (standard...seeing a trend yet?)

Toms (First set or Two):
- Batter: Evans G2 Coated
- Reso: Evans G1 Reso Glass

Toms (Second set):
- Batter: Remo pinstripes (2-ply, clear)
- Reso: Remo Ebony Ambassadors

- Batter: Evans EMAD 2 Clear (the one with the muffling rings on the outside)
- Reso: um... iuno, some random Black head with a hole in it. lol.

07-03-2009, 02:14 AM
Snare - Ludwig 6.5x14 supraphonic
Currently for live playing: Evans G2 coated over ambassador snare side. No muffling.
Toms - Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau kit 10x7.5/12x9/16x14
Currently for live playing: Evans clear G2 over Remo clear ambassador. No muffling.
Toms - Ludwig 1970 vintage 3 ply maple kit 14x10/16x16/16x18
Currently for live Playing: Remo coated Emperors over Remo coated ambassadors. No muffling.
Bass drum - Yamaha kit (22x18)
Currently for live playing: Remo PS3 with PS3 logo head with 4 inch hole at the 4 o'clock position on the head for miking purposes. Small hour glass shaped pad lightly touching both heads.
Bass drum - Ludwig kit (26x14)
Currently for live playing: Remo coated emperor over smooth white ambassador, no hole and felt strips for muffling.

In the studio, it may change to coated ambassadors on all toms and snare, depending on the situation.

07-03-2009, 03:50 AM
Snare - Emperor x (Batter)
Ambassador (reso)
Toms - Pinstripes (Batter)
Ambassadors (reso)
Kick - Powerstroke 3 with a towel making a half moon along the bottom edge and taped to the shell to hold it up , with a Powerstroke 3 ebony on the front with a port hole.

07-03-2009, 07:36 AM
snare- weatherking coated emporer, bottom remo original
toms, remo pinstripe top , ambassador bottom
bass- aquarian superkick 3 and original front head

07-15-2009, 12:57 AM
Just ordered some Super-2 Coated for my Toms
Classic Clears for Resos
and a Response II for the Snare

all Aquarian of course

(and a Tru-Bounce to go with it)

07-15-2009, 01:40 AM
Gretsch Steel:
Batter - Evans Genera
Resonate - Remo Hazy Ambassador

Pearl Vision:
Batter - Remo Coated Powerstroke III
Resonate - Remo Hazy Ambassador

Pork Pie Little Squealer
Batter - Remo Coated Ambassador
Resonate - Remo Hazy Ambassador


Batter - Remo Clear Pinstripe
Resonate - Evans Clear G1

Pearl Vision
Batter - Remo Clear Emperor
Resonate - Remo Clear Ambassador


Batter - Evans Emad-2
Resonate - Evans Emad Reso

Pearl Vision:
Batter - Remo Powerstroke III
Resonate - Pearl Ebony Reso

07-24-2009, 07:01 AM

Batter - Remo Ambassador Coated
Reso - Remo Ambassor Clear


Batter - Remo Ambassador Coated
Reso - Remo Ambassador Clear


Batter - Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear
Reso - Remo Ambassador Ebony

I like this combo but it not very varied!

07-24-2009, 07:15 AM
Just picked up some new heads today and so far i really like what i'm hearing.
Batter- Evans EC2 Clear
Reso- Evans G1 Clear

Batter- Evans EC Reverse Dot
Reso- Evans Glass 500

Batter- Evans EQ2
Reso- Evans EQ3

07-25-2009, 07:41 AM
Main snare: Evans EC Reverse Dot coated top, Evans 300 snare side
Piccolo side snare: Remo Ambassador or Evans Power Center coated top; Remo Ambassador snare side
Toms: Evans EC2 Coated top, factory resonant heads
"Gong" floor tom: Evans EC2 clear, no bottom head
Bass: Evans EQ2 batter with impact zone stick-on; Yamaha (Remo) ebony front with no holes (planning to upgrade to Evans EQ2 with the grill port)

07-27-2009, 08:56 PM
6 1/2 x14 pearl brass free floating
G-plus coated (juries still out. VERY bright) or coated ambassador

Free floating with maple shell
Coated Ambassador

Pearl Chad smith snare
coated ambassador

Premier Gen-X
Clear emperor or
clear G-plus
Clear Ambassador

Base drum
Powerstroke 3

Old school tama Imperialstar

batter and res
Clear Ambassadors

Bass drum
CS black dot

08-07-2009, 05:33 PM
Side snare-evans g1 coated
Main Snare-Evans G2 Clear
Toms-Evans G2 Clear
Bass Drum-Remo Weatherkind Powerstroke

08-07-2009, 08:10 PM
All Ludwig WeatherMaster's on Classic Maples.

Snare ('67 Supraphonic): Medium Coated batter, Medium Snareside
Toms: Medium Coated on batter side, Medium Smooth on resonant Side
Bass: Heavy Smooth on both ends (with a fluffy pillow inside).

I'm gonna try either coated Emperor's or coated heavy WM's on the tom batter sides, as the floor toms are a wee bit ringy.


08-08-2009, 05:23 PM
G1/Ambassador coated over G1/Ambassador clear throughout the whole kit except snare bottom is ambassador snare head and kick drum clear ps3 over ebony ambassador with
4" port south east as your facing the kick.

08-08-2009, 07:07 PM
Evans Genera Dry / Stock reso

Stock batter / Stock reso

Remo Clear Pinstripes / Stock resos

Here's what my heads will be eventually...

Evans Genera Dry / Hazy 300

Evans Clear EMAD2 / Stock reso

Evans Coated G2 / Clear G1

08-09-2009, 02:59 PM
Snare Drum - Evans G1 Coated over Evans G1 Clear
I play a 6.5x14 Tama Metalworks steel snare. I'm hit strong but nowhere near enough to break heads with a strike, so I can get away with the one ply batter. And it brings out the cold, bright ring of steel, which I love.

Toms - Evans G2 Coated over Evans G1 Clear (I believe)
G2 Coated heads give me the best of both worlds; two plies gives me volume and attack whereas the coated nature of the head lets my drum sing. I personally hate most clear batter heads, and abhor EC2s. It feels, and sounds, like I'm hitting anything from milk jugs to cardboard boxes when I put them on. My current drumset is a Tama Rockstar, by the way, with 12x9 and 16x16 toms.

Bass Drum - Evans G1 Coated over Aquarian Super Kick II
In this case, I stray from my love of Evans (If Aquarian had an easy to buy coated white bass reso head, I'd probably get it). The Superkick II gives me a powerful punch while eliminating 90% of the higher ring. What's left gets caught in the egg-carton foam I have lining the inside of the bass. The G1 resonant head is thin and tuned lower than the batter, so that the low frequencies resonate from it, again "singing". The bass is 22x18.

Though I'm actually curious to try the Remo Pinstripe heads. I'm getting a Ludwig Centennial kit whenever I get the cash, and a youtube video made them sound absolutely booming with them on!

06-13-2011, 07:55 PM
I have a Mapex M-Birch, all my toms have Evans coated EC-2's with EC reso's, Snare is EC reverse dot over a Hazy 300, Bass is stock heads.
I am now the proud owner of Mapex Saturn's and I have a different head combo:
Snare = Aquarian Coated Focus X over an Evanx Hazy 300
Toms = Clear Pinstripes ove Evans clear G-Plus
Bass = Stock

06-13-2011, 09:01 PM
Bass: Clear PS3 or Coated Powerstroke Pro over ebony PS3
Toms: Coated Emperors or Clear Pinstripes over Ambassadors. Mainly Pinstripes
Snare: Coated CS reverse Dot over hazy ambassador. Really thinking about trying a coated pinstripe on batter, I've never heard one sound bad.

06-13-2011, 09:52 PM
Bass: Coated Emp over Fiberskyn Amb
Toms: Coated Emp over Clear Amb
Snare: Powerstroke 3 over Amb snare side

06-13-2011, 10:17 PM
Toms are Remo coated Ambassador X on the batter. Reso are clear ambassadors. Snare drum head is usually a Remo Emperor smooth white snare drum batter, but I have it temporarily replaced with an Evans coated head until I can buy a new Remo head.
The reso side on the snare is a clear Remo diplomat.

Bass drum batter is usually a Remo powerstroke. But It is also temporarily replaced with an Evans EMAD head. The reso head on that is an unknown brand (it came on a cheapo drum set I bought for my daughter. I plastered it with foam strips and duct tape, and of course a flimsy pillow.

On my toms and snare I use the Remo RemO's.

06-15-2011, 08:34 PM
Tama Imperialstar

All Evans

Snare: Genera Dry, Hazy 300

Toms: Coated G2 batter, Clear G1 reso

Kick: Clear EQ4, stock reso

I also have a Pearl Export snare that I picked up used about a year ago, mainly for practicing rudiments. It's got a Coated Ambassador over Clear Ambassador, but I think I'm gonna try either a coated Emperor or stick the Aquarian Response II that I had on my Tama snare before I got the Genera. The Ambassador is just too bright for my taste.

06-15-2011, 10:24 PM
Snares: Aquarian TC over Classic Clear Snare Side (LM411), Jack DeJohnette over CCSS (Ludwig Centennial 6.5" x 14", don't have this with me right now)
Bass: Coated Emp w/ felt strip over stock Ludwig coated reso with a muffling ring
Toms: (new) Coated Super-2's over Ambassador Smooth Whites
I hardly use the bass drum, normally I just use my 18" floor as my kick.

06-15-2011, 10:34 PM
Right now:

Snare: Remo Emperor-X / Remo Ambassador Snare Side
Toms: Remo Clear Pinstripe / Remo Ambassador Clear
Kick: Remo Clear Powerstroke 4 / Custom Design Front Head

I generally try new head combinations every time I change my heads, but I'm really liking this setup. Might just keep this for a while.

06-16-2011, 03:27 AM
Snare, main head used: Coated CS Emperor (Coated Emp w/TOP dot)
Others: Coated Emp, Coated CS.

Snare side: Remo No Collar Ambassador.

Bass drum: Batter, Coated Ambassador. Reso, Smooth White, Ebony, Coted Ambassador. NO pre-muffled heads on any of my bass drums.
My 16x26 has a Coated Heavy Ludwig head on the batter. That particular drum seems to love that head. Takes no effort to get a fantastic sound with that head on that drum.
The other bass drums (18x26, 2-20x26) get the Coated Ambassador.
The 16x28 is awesome with the Coated Ludwig head too.

Toms: Batter, Coated Ambassador. Reso, Coated Ambassador (main) Other: Smooth Wht. Amb, Clear Amb.

06-16-2011, 06:29 AM
Pearl Export
Sensitione 14x5 snare
Evans EC Reverse Dot top, Hazy 300 bottom

Evans EC 2 top, EC Resonant bottom

Bass Drum
Evans EQ3 back, stock front (to be replaced with EQ1 Resonant [black])

Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz
Pacific SX 14x5 Snare
Evans EC Reverse Dot top, Attack Snare Side bottom (came with it)

Evans G2 clear top, Remo clear Ambassadors bottom (to be replaced with EC

Bass Drum
Remo Powerstroke 3 back (to be replaced with EQ3), stock front

I like how they all sound. Peace and goodwill.