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Old 09-22-2013, 08:52 PM
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Default Re: Attack vs Sustain - Double vs Single ply Heads

Originally Posted by cangaroo View Post
Hi there, i'm upping this thread cause the title and the argument was exactly what i was wondering about.

Currently i play an old slingerland set (13 16 22) with Ambassador heads. The tone is good but too much round.

Since i'm a beginner, i thought the thinner the head, the more attack you have. Instead looking at Evans website i've found out that following their tone graphs, the coated G2 has far more attack than the G1.

Reading this thread make me confused because some of you suggests that that my original idea is true, but Evans are not of the same idea.

Anyway, what kind of head you suggest for a vintage sound with more punch and less sustain ? I'm tempted to try Ambassadors X or Emperor on the tom and floor batter side.

Thank you
Generally speaking, thicker heads tend to yield more stick sound (more attack). Two-ply heads often have more attack than single-ply heads due to the contact made between both free-floating plies upon impact. That being said, there are plenty of tuning techniques and head choices that could make a single-ply head yield greater attack and a two-ply.

As far as heads for your Slingerland kit, I'd recommend a combination of 12mil and 14mil. Try out the Evans G12 on your 13" tom and the G14 on your floor tom. Another great option to check out would be G2 (two-ply) over G12 on both of the toms. This will provide a bit more of a fat sound when tuned low. The Level 360 collar will allow you to get the maximum tuning range out of the drums and also make tuning far easier.

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