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Old 02-07-2018, 10:31 PM
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Default Silentstroke heads on cheap junior kit?

Hi all,

It's only a typical cheap junior kit in small sizes so the sound projection is modest to start with. The Silentstroke heads are meant to cut volume by about 80% so I reckon that will be good enough to let my son play the kit in my apartment.

What I'm worried about is the durability of these heads.

The bearing edges on the kit are very mediocre and there's only a minimal number of lugs per head. Result: it's near impossible to tension the heads evenly.
Add to that an "enthusiastic" 6-year old hitting hard with little concern for delicate brush work...

Will the Silentstroke heads hold up or am I better off sticking with the cheap mylar heads and adding lots of dampening?
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Old 02-07-2018, 10:46 PM
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Default Re: Silentstroke heads on cheap junior kit?

As long as there are no seriously sharp or ragged edges, the mesh heads should hold up fine. If in doubt, run some sandpaper over the bearing edges before putting them on. Doesn't sound like you'd be risking anything doing that.

I think the sharp impact sound of even a heavily muffled mylar head would be too much in an apartment.
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Old 02-07-2018, 11:50 PM
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Default Re: Silentstroke heads on cheap junior kit?

They’re pretty durable mate.

I’ve had mine on my practice kit at home for a few years now, with no real signs of wear. I reckon you’ll be safe. Even under the punishment of a 6 yr old.
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Old 02-08-2018, 12:33 AM
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Default Re: Silentstroke heads on cheap junior kit?

My grandson started playing my drums when he was 4, and I set the rules for him right from the start---play with respect, or don't play---there is no reason a 6-yr-old can't be taught not to bash on them.
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Old 02-08-2018, 01:38 AM
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Default Re: Silentstroke heads on cheap junior kit?

The Silentstrokes are plenty strong. You'll be fine. You don't want to crank them up too much or you'll get way to much rebound.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:06 AM
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Default Re: Silentstroke heads on cheap junior kit?

Thanks for the replies folks.

I'll go with the Silentstroke then. They'll at least keep a more "natural" sound and feel compared to over-dampened mylar heads.

Also, a neat trick I saw on youtube: put a small strip of masking tape on the Silentstroke head and it brings back a bit more drum tone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pPgj79BqCQ
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Old 02-09-2018, 04:13 PM
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Default Re: Silentstroke heads on cheap junior kit?

I'd fear the same problem of an electric kit: transfer of kick pedal stomping through the floor. You can test this with a muffled drum, the usual mitigation is to build a plywood platfor supported by tennis balls.

Put the Silentstrokes over Muff'l rings, the sound and feel a lot better, and the volume is a better match for L80s. You can fine tune with tape, kick patch pieces, moleskin, etc. I'd recommend the Aquarian Super Thin patch for the kick itself, as a felt beater will nibble at the mesh. I tried a wood beater, but the patch sounded better.
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:53 PM
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Default Re: Silentstroke heads on cheap junior kit?

The heads will hold up just fine for sticks but a felt beater on the bass drum will eat through them, use a plastic beater on the pedal.
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