Originally Posted by Ian Ballard
I'm impressed overall! You don't have to "break them in" and seat them like other brands. You just stick them on and tune them. I still give them a little push while tuning, the re-tune and BAM... great tone!
Still, Evans offers nothing as rich-sounding as the Remo Renaissance heads. Frankly, I just take Remos (or old Evans) and go around the rim and stretch around the collar and it pretty much does what the 360 process does. "Perfectly round and level" doesn't really matter if your drums aren't perfectly level. ALL triple-flanged hoops have imperfect level and even a lot of die cast hoops aren't perfectly level, so basically you take a "perfectly level" head and bend it to fit your hoops. Not that I'm saying it's a gimmick, I just don't consider it a "game-changer" as they say.
Glad to hear that your experience with them has been great!
Have you tried our J1 Etched heads? That's what I'd put up against the Renaissance for the sake of comparison.
With regards to the consideration of Level 360 as a "game-changer," I'm certainly not going to try and change your mind, because that's not the point. Plenty of people do think it's changing the game (many of them top level artists that have been and while continue switching to Evans as a result).
At the end of the day, our Level 360 collar provides the most accommodating fit across the board. It works better with out-of-round drums because of the increased surface area on the playing surface. It accommodates various diameters of drums (and there's quite a bit of variance out there!) as well as the variety of bearing edge cuts. It's no less accommodating than our old collar shape, so there's really nothing to lose.
Again, glad to that you experienced the ease of tuning and quality of tone. Cheers!