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Old 05-07-2013, 08:27 PM
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Default Head choice for birch set

Hi all! I am brand new to the site AND brand new to the drums! Been playing for about 6 days now. Lol

I had been playing strings off and on for about the last 5 years, but never had the proper base or direction. So I would always get discouraged after a few months. I have found a very respected drum instructor in my area so I'm very excited about getting off to a sound fundamental start! My first lesson is actually tomorrow night, but I've been having a blast just hitting them so far! Lol

Anyway, enough about me. The thing that got me to pull the trigger on a kit was that Guitar Center had a PDP FS series on clearance. It was 100% birch (which as I understand is far better than the basswood & poplar low end kits) and the price was great! But of course the heads are stock and horrible. A buddy that's been playing for most of his life came and showed me how to tune them. His gave me a thumbs up on kit choice, but said "change the heads as soon as your able". I've read that selecting heads for birch is tricky.

I plan to be learning and playing classic rock/hard rock/some metal. No crazy metal like death or speed (not my thing). Mostly just rock. I'm looking for some options from veterans on what batters & resos might suit my kit/music choice. Thanks ahead of time!
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:46 PM
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Batter - Evans G2.
Reso - Evans G1.

Great all purpose heads. I would start there. Remo equivalent is Emperors over Ambassadors.

I like the Evans EMADs on my kicks. Many people swear by Remo PS3s.

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Old 05-07-2013, 10:26 PM
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The most general purpose you can really get is Aquarian Response 2 over Classic Clear, Remo Emperor over Clear Ambassador, or G2 over G1 on the toms. For kick, it's Aquarian Force I and Force II, Remo Powerstroke 3s, or Evans EQ4 and EQ1 or 3 (the EMAD/Superkick/Powerstroke Pro options are easy to tune but IMO ultimately limit the sound of the drum). For snare, Aquarian Texture Coated and Hi-Performance, Remo Coated Ambassador and Hazy Ambassador, or Evans Coated G1/Hazy 300.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:05 AM
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Default Re: Head choice for birch set

I use clear Emperors over clear Ambassadors on my birch kit. Really deep and thick sound.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:18 PM
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I love Remo Coated Emperors on just about everything, but I especially love them birch drums! I have them on my Tama Starclassic Birch and it has great warmth, punch, tone and good sustain! The clear versions have a little more attack, but the coated versions have enough attack for me plus the added warmth.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:19 AM
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I use evans G2 coated level 360 on batter and clear genera on reso.

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Old 05-11-2013, 05:28 AM
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I'd say go with 10 mil single ply birch heads.

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Old 05-11-2013, 05:33 PM
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Default Re: Head choice for birch set

I just picked up some of the Evans Level 360's for my toms and am pleasantly surprised after one day. I've spent a lot of time over the years for finding heads that produce the tone that I like (Remo, Evans, Aquarian, coated, clear, 1 ply, 2 ply) and these are some of the best I've played so far. They're nice in the sense that that don't take a lot of time to tune evenly and can produce a wide range of tones for your choice. Personally I like a medium to bassier tone on my toms and I've had a lot of trouble trying it hard to get those ranges with other heads. For a first set of heads I'd go with these at least for your toms. Snare heads are harder because there are such a wide variety of tones from all heads. I actually have a Remo Weatherking Coated Ambassador and am pretty satisfied with it. For the kick, I've gone back to Evans after a long run of Aquarian heads.

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