Re: Remo Emperor vs Remo Ambassador Heads
I've only seen heads dent when the stick hits at an angle that is too steep. I've done some serious pounding with the tip end of a 5A and not dented a head. The rest of the time I'm using 7A butt ends. I set my drums up so that my sticks naturally come down against the head as close to parallel as possible.
When I was a kid first starting out, I was breaking the tips of my sticks off 1/4" - 1/2" from the end. An older drummer correctly guessed that my drums were set up at too steep of an angle and I was probably denting my heads as well. Once I looked at those ergonomic issues and adjusted my angles accordingly (including ride cymbal angle), my heads stopped denting and my sticks started lasting a lot longer.
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