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Old 09-02-2013, 09:40 PM
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Default What replacement head is most like the stock Sonor Safari Kick drum head?

The stock kick drum head on my son's Sonor Safari is starting to show a pronounced dent--it's clearly time for a replacement. He has been using the kit a ton lately for all kinds of gigs, and we always mic it. The band loves the sound, so what kind of replacement head is going to be most similar to stock (stock is a Remo with some kind of inner plastic ring)?

Also, I've searched other threads and seen lots of mention of Superkick heads and Powerstroke heads, but I am confused with all the versions (not a drummer myself). If you have a recommendation, please give a specific model/version, as I will probably have to order it online. Thanks!
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:43 PM
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Default Re: What replacement head is most like the stock Sonor Safari Kick drum head?

The most likely bet I can think of is a Remo Powerstroke 3.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:45 PM
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Default Re: What replacement head is most like the stock Sonor Safari Kick drum head?

A PS3 or PS4 is going to be close.
http://www.remo.com/portal/products/...erstroke3.html

The PS4 is 2 ply so it won't dent as easily.
I use a coated PS3 on my 16" Safari bass drum for a batter head with a thin Fiberskyn as a reso.

I just looked in my storage area, I have the stock Safari batter that I took off of my drum after about an hour of playing it.
I will give it to you if you pay the shipping. PM me and give me your address and email if interested. I will send you a PayPal bill for the shipping.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:22 AM
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A PS3 or PS4 is going to be close.
http://www.remo.com/portal/products/...erstroke3.html

The PS4 is 2 ply so it won't dent as easily.
I use a coated PS3 on my 16" Safari bass drum for a batter head with a thin Fiberskyn as a reso.

I just looked in my storage area, I have the stock Safari batter that I took off of my drum after about an hour of playing it.
I will give it to you if you pay the shipping. PM me and give me your address and email if interested. I will send you a PayPal bill for the shipping.
Thanks for the offer, but I think I'll go ahead and try the Powerstroke. Any tips on who might stock them? The usual suspects (GC, MF, SA don't have anything smaller than an 18").
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:32 AM
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Just drums has them is stock as do many other retailers.
PS3 bass http://www.justdrumsonline.com/p-202...e-3-clear.aspx

PS4 bass http://www.justdrumsonline.com/p-202...e-4-clear.aspx

The PS4 is probably closer. The original head that I have fells heavy like a 2 ply even though it is a single ply.

I use a clear PS4 on my 22" Ludwig Club Date SE bass drum and it sounds awesome.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:25 AM
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Default Re: What replacement head is most like the stock Sonor Safari Kick drum head?

Even in Los Angeles, nobody really stocks 16" bass drum heads. So if you order it online, get two. Carry that and an extra snare batter head to every gig and you'll be good to go ;)

It looks dumb when something breaks and you don't have a spare.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:54 AM
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Default Re: What replacement head is most like the stock Sonor Safari Kick drum head?

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Even in Los Angeles, nobody really stocks 16" bass drum heads. So if you order it online, get two. Carry that and an extra snare batter head to every gig and you'll be good to go ;)

It looks dumb when something breaks and you don't have a spare.
Yea, I learned the spare thing racing motorcycles. You look dumb AND waste a ton of money hauling bikes, race entry fees, etc. The stock head will be the backup. I want to see how the Powerstroke sounds before buying more.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:26 PM
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Default Re: What replacement head is most like the stock Sonor Safari Kick drum head?

You'll have to see if the 16 bd has wood hoops and clamps (as a bd) or a metal one (as a floor Tom ). One head won't fit on the other type and vice versa .
I have a yamaha Rick Marotta hip gig and use a Aquarian super 2 with a remo "muffled" thingy (only use the plasticky part without the foam). Had to do that because I couldn't find a pre muffled 16 floor tom head . Hope that helps.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:15 PM
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You'll have to see if the 16 bd has wood hoops and clamps (as a bd) or a metal one (as a floor Tom ). One head won't fit on the other type and vice versa .
I have a yamaha Rick Marotta hip gig and use a Aquarian super 2 with a remo "muffled" thingy (only use the plasticky part without the foam). Had to do that because I couldn't find a pre muffled 16 floor tom head . Hope that helps.
The hoops are metal, but they are in the shape of regular bass drum hoops, so it needs a bass drum head. I did experiment with a regular 16 tom head and it worked on the Safari, but the fit was not as good as with the thicker ring on a bass drum specific head. I'm not sure if it would hold up to regular playing.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:30 PM
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Default Re: What replacement head is most like the stock Sonor Safari Kick drum head?

Have you tried contacting Remo about this? If they supply the stock head, they know exactly what the specs are.

Also, putting a Remo Falam Slam patch or similar at the beater contact point may help the next head last longer.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:20 AM
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Default Re: What replacement head is most like the stock Sonor Safari Kick drum head?

As another Safari owner, the places to get 16" bass drum heads are

www.interstatemusic.com
www.drumfactorydirect.com
www.drumsonsale.com

Only Remo and Aquarian make 16" bass drum heads. Remo Powerstrokes, Ambassadors, and Emperors are usually available as are Aquarian Superkicks.

The Safari sounds much better with Powerstroke heads on both sides instead of the stock heads
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