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Old 06-21-2007, 07:42 PM
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Default Average $ for drumheads across the country/world?

I know what heads cost on the internet, but I can hardly believe the prices my local stores ask. For example, a 13" Coated Ambassador costs $26. The 14" costs $26.50. That's over twice what they cost on some internet sites. It doesn't seem the locals are interested in competing with internet companies. (Guitar Center competes, but they are an hours' drive from me.)

What are prices like in your area? Please post the price for a 13 or 14" coated Ambassador at your local store, and whether it's an independent or chain.

Thanks! I'm curious to see how prices compare.
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:48 PM
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Same here in the town I live. We have one music store and their prices are outrageous.
$25.00-$30.00 for a 14' drum head.
So I choose to drive to a Guitar Center or Sam Ash, and they're about 1 hr away but will make the time and gas I spent worth by buying enough merchandise.
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Old 06-21-2007, 08:07 PM
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In Vancouver a 12" ambassador can run at about 12 bucks. 14" at about 15 bucks. Where abouts do you live. That's ridiculous.
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Old 06-21-2007, 08:07 PM
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It's nice to know that the equivalent prices are similar 'over the pond'.

Probably around 13-14 a head here for a 14" snare head. That works out to about $27.
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:14 PM
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Do they actually charge $25-30??!? They don't give some sort of discount off that price?

Here at the local mom and pop store, they're about $15 for a 14" head. Well, for Remo and Evans anyway; I've never really looked at Aquarian.
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:18 PM
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I don't usually buy heads in person anymore because my stores don't stock Evans, but when I did they were about say $17 for a 14" head, which once you add in shipping, you're going to pay that online anyway. They will price match though so usually I could get that same head for $13 or whatever the online price is. This same store (when it was under a different name and owner) used to charge about $24 for a 14" head, it was rediculous.
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:27 PM
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Aquarian is A LOT cheaper than Remo and Evans over here.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:19 PM
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Wow, that is much money for a drum heads in this size.
In a local store (it is independent) a 10" Ambassador costs me about $14. You pay about 1 per inch.

Actually in most stores this is the price for them...

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Old 06-22-2007, 12:15 AM
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Default Re: Average $ for drumheads across the country/world?

I picked up a coated G1 for $34, and I think the ambassador is pretty much ballpark of that, maybe a little less. That's probably $25 -$28 US I think.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:59 AM
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My local mom & pop charges me very little for heads. $9.99 for a 14" Coated Ambassador but we also have 14% sales tax on everything.

It's roughly $1 more than the size of the head you are ordering for the typical Diplomats, Ambassadors and Emperors in clear, coated, smooth white, or ebony. Fiberskyns, Renaissance and Suedes are quite a bit more. That is for Remo of course.

Evans at my local store are brutally expensive. My local store doesn't sell Aquarian.

Long & McQuade in Ottawa sells Aquarian and dirt cheap at that.

$10.95 for a 14" Texture Coated
$8.96 for a 14" Classic Clear Snare Bottom

They are dirt cheap compared to Evans and still cheaper than Remo, however I personally can't stand Aquarian heads so I'd rather put out the extra money for that great Remo sound and durability.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:14 AM
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My local has prices that are close to web sites and since they are real close to me I'll pay a buck or two more as to save the gas to GC or Sam Ash, or shipping on the net.
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:31 AM
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Default Re: Average $ for drumheads across the country/world?

i just bought all new heads for my kit and they were clear ambassadors. 10",12"14"14"22"
that came out to 103 dollers from my local music store.
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:40 AM
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Default Re: Average $ for drumheads across the country/world?

if I catch a sale, i can get any size $7.99 (happens about twice a year- always when I don't need new heads), but generally $12-$16 for a 14" snare head.
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