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Old 02-25-2007, 12:41 PM
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Default Coated drum heads - the pros and cons

After spending a squillon dollars over the years trying different drum heads I finally settled on Remo coated drum heads. I use the pin stripes for the toms and powerstroke for my brass free floater snare. For the snare I usually get the one with the reinforced dot in the centre. I had a brand new one on for my last 4hour gig on Saturday and at the end of night I had a 1-1/2" circle in the centre that had totally lost the coating. Is this a fault of the drum heads or is there another problem. I use nylon tips which should be less abrasive than wood tips. Maybe I'm getting more accurate and am now pounding away in a smaller area. By the way, as I'm not a sponsored drummer I don't have the luxury of changing snare heads every gig like I have heard some drummers advocate. Yeah right !
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Old 02-25-2007, 02:37 PM
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Default Re: Coated drum heads - the pros and cons

Remo's coatings are known to wear out under heavy pounding. Evans heads should be bit more resilient. Check 'em out.
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:02 PM
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Remo's coatings are known to wear out under heavy pounding. Evans heads should be bit more resilient. Check 'em out.

Actually I fine the Remo to be the more resilient of the two. But both do last a decent amount of time. I have a Remo Ambassador on my Slingerland snare and an Evans G1 on my Gretsch snare. Both are played equally in time and I clearly see more ware on the Evans.
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:06 PM
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Actually I fine the Remo to be the more resilient of the two. But both do last a decent amount of time. I have a Remo Ambassador on my Slingerland snare and an Evans G1 on my Gretsch snare. Both are played equally in time and I clearly see more ware on the Evans.
But maybe you use the two snares for different styles of music? That can mean a big difference. Just guessing here...
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:16 PM
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I find the Remo Pinstripes are VERY resilient and the Coated Ambassador on the snare is an excellent head! Durability is NEVER a problem with the Remos...Play On!
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But maybe you use the two snares for different styles of music? That can mean a big difference. Just guessing here...
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Old 02-25-2007, 05:42 PM
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Aquarian has a line of heads that acheive the coated effect through etching the heads. Should be nearly indestructible.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:16 PM
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I've been using a set of Evans G2's on my snare for about 6 months now, and they show very little signs of wear.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:24 PM
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Default Re: Coated drum heads - the pros and cons

The G2's are thicker than the G1s or Ambassadors, so naturally they'll last longer.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:30 PM
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So wouldn't that be the obvious choice of someone who wants their heads to last longer? I know there's a little less rebound, but I haven't found it to be too bad, nothing very detrimental. I've also got G1's on the rest of my toms, for the same amount of time, with an equally small amount of wear. Maybe I don't hit 'em hard enough. ;)
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:06 PM
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I was just giving a fact so they'd know why they last longer...
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I have an Evans snare head and the rolled on coating was much more durable than the spray of remo (both heads were 1 ply). I havent tried evans tom heads, right now I have remo emperors and those are holding out fair. Next im going to try evans and see how they compare.

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Old 02-26-2007, 02:39 AM
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i've never had a problem with chipping, because drums are already loud, so you don't need to pound them, even though i do sometimes since it's fun. anyway, from friends i've found that remo coating makes the biggest difference from clear and sounds best for brushes, while aquarian sounds almost as good and is the most durable. i've never liked evans heads so i won't comment on sound, but i do know that their coating is most prone to chipping. remo coating will smooth out, but evans just chips off.
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