Still running the original Powerstroke like heads on my Safari. An urban type drummer I know got a set after seeing mine but immediately put a hole in the front for micing it. Unless you hear it though the PA it doesn't carry at all. Whereas I've played mine in small bars fairly loud and it can be heard. The boom carries and sounds like something going on down there. Perforated and padded, it's just a dead slap that doesn't move enough air to be heard.