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Old 02-16-2008, 11:17 AM
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Just a head’s up, pun intended, Remo is expanding the Vintage A line to include a 10”, 12”, 13” & 16” to go along with the 14” (Batter) that they started offering last year. The Vintage A’s are a 2-ply (7.5 – 3 mil) coated Ambassador similar to Remo’s first plastic head so is basically a reproduction that, in my humble opinion, is a nice cross between a 1-ply (10 mil) Ambassador and their 2-ply coated Emperor (7 – 7mil.)

When these new sizes will be available I can’t say with any certainty but it should be soon, so soon in fact that I have already pre-ordered some of the new traditional sizes to go along with the supply of 14’s I picked up late last year. Because these were intended to be a limited time offering in celebration of Remo’s 50th Anniversary (2007) I took no chances and stocked up before they were discontinued so I was glad to see the line carried on and get expanded…………

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Old 02-16-2008, 01:33 PM
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:25 PM
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Just a head’s up, pun intended, Remo is expanding the Vintage A line to include a 10”, 12”, 13” & 16” to go along with the 14” (Batter) that they started offering last year. The Vintage A’s are a 2-ply (7.5 – 3 mil) coated Ambassador similar to Remo’s first plastic head so is basically a reproduction that, in my humble opinion, is a nice cross between a 1-ply (10 mil) Ambassador and their 2-ply coated Emperor (7 – 7mil.)

When these new sizes will be available I can’t say with any certainty but it should be soon, so soon in fact that I have already pre-ordered some of the new traditional sizes to go along with the supply of 14’s I picked up late last year. Because these were intended to be a limited time offering in celebration of Remo’s 50th Anniversary (2007) I took no chances and stocked up before they were discontinued so I was glad to see the line carried on and get expanded…………

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That's good news. I did pick up a Vintage A for my Supra, but didn't like it on the snare. I've always preferred the Ambassador on snares. But, I popped that sucker on my 14" DW keller-shelled tom and it sounded pretty sweet. I think these will be great on toms.
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Old 02-16-2008, 07:05 PM
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hmmm maybe i'll try them out after my ambassadors wear down
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Old 02-21-2008, 07:14 AM
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Pardon my ignorance, but what are vintage As?


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Yea man! The Vintage A's are a nice head indeed. I bought a 14" for my Ludwig Acrolite and love it. Good feel and perfect tuning.

Good to see they expanded it.
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Old 02-26-2008, 07:58 AM
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Thanks! While we are talking heads, and this is a bit off the subject, but I recall hearing Bob Gatzen talkig about how a thinner head is actually less resonant. Has anyone else noticed this?


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Remo is expanding the Vintage A line to include a 10”, 12”, 13” & 16” to go along with the 14” (Batter) that they started offering last year. The Vintage A’s are a 2-ply (7.5 – 3 mil) coated Ambassador similar to Remo’s first plastic head so is basically a reproduction that, in my humble opinion, is a nice cross between a 1-ply (10 mil) Ambassador and their 2-ply coated Emperor (7 – 7mil.)LVDC
Thanks for the information! What head would you suggest using on the resonant side when applying the Vintage A's on the batter side of Toms? I'm currently running Coated Emperors over Coated Ambassadors.

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Thanks for the information! What head would you suggest using on the resonant side when applying the Vintage A's on the batter side of Toms? I'm currently running Coated Emperors over Coated Ambassadors.

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Most guys today use clear 10-mil single-ply resos such as clear Ambassadors or Evans G1s. They are suitable for just about any batter head.

Some do use coated resos for a warmer, drier sound. The coated resos were part of Bonham's sound.
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Thanks! While we are talking heads, and this is a bit off the subject, but I recall hearing Bob Gatzen talkig about how a thinner head is actually less resonant. Has anyone else noticed this?


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Yeah, I found that on my drums too.
Not only less resonant, but a quicker sound--which is different than "less resonant".

They were drier sounding for me too, which can be good at times.

I pretty much stick to Coated Amb. top, Clear Amb. bottom.

They just work for everything I do, sound great, and they tune up easy.

I'd try the vintage A's on my kit if they had an 18" size readily available.*
I could probably order one, but then I'd have to wait... and who wants to do that!?!

* see how I got the post back on the thread topic?...pretty slick huh!

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I recently tried the Vintage A on my Black Beauty and it sounded really good. It was too dead for the Supra, but with the added ring of the BB it's perfect.
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:35 PM
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It was too dead on mine too!
I have the Hammered version--6.5

And kinda dead on the Classic Maple 6.5 too.

I'd try them on the kit, but I'm happy with the standard Ambassadors.....
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:26 AM
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Update: While I can't say for sure about the 13 & 16" I know for a fact that the 10 & 12" are now available. Some arrived at a friend's shop the other day........

When the other sizes do show I'm going to eventually give them a shot (batters only) on my 1971 Ludwigs even though I've pretty much gone back to my roots of using the regular Ambassador's for most of my Kits. I tried all kinds of different heads from different Companies but found myself going back to where I started, coated Amb's over coated Amb's........

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Old 04-26-2008, 09:09 PM
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Update: While I can't say for sure about the 13 & 16" I know for a fact that the 10 & 12" are now available. Some arrived at a friend's shop the other day........

When the other sizes do show I'm going to eventually give them a shot (batters only) on my 1971 Ludwigs even though I've pretty much gone back to my roots of using the regular Ambassador's for most of my Kits. I tried all kinds of different heads from different Companies but found myself going back to where I started, coated Amb's over coated Amb's........

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Please do give an update LVDC. I was actually thinking of trying some CS clear black dots on my ' 71 kit. I assume these would be great for unmiced, louder blues/rock?
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:13 AM
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Just a head’s up, pun intended, Remo is expanding the Vintage A line to include a 10”, 12”, 13” & 16” to go along with the 14” (Batter) that they started offering last year. The Vintage A’s are a 2-ply (7.5 – 3 mil) coated Ambassador similar to Remo’s first plastic head so is basically a reproduction that, in my humble opinion, is a nice cross between a 1-ply (10 mil) Ambassador and their 2-ply coated Emperor (7 – 7mil.)

When these new sizes will be available I can’t say with any certainty but it should be soon, so soon in fact that I have already pre-ordered some of the new traditional sizes to go along with the supply of 14’s I picked up late last year. Because these were intended to be a limited time offering in celebration of Remo’s 50th Anniversary (2007) I took no chances and stocked up before they were discontinued so I was glad to see the line carried on and get expanded…………

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Think i may put in an order for a set even if i dont use them now, for future use - especially if they are limited time offering.
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:17 AM
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Does anyone know if the 10" & 12" are still availble? Where did people order them from?
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:22 AM
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Does anyone know if the 10" & 12" are still availble? Where did people order them from?
They should be since they just became available a couple of weeks ago, which could pose a problem finding them, especially on-line if retailers haven't updated their web-sites recently.

Any Remo Dealer should be able to get them for you...........

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Old 05-01-2008, 01:03 AM
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As of today, 04-30-2008, the Vintage A's should be available through any Remo Dealer in 8", 10", 12", 13", 14", 15", 16" & 18"...........

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I bought a 13 inch Vintage A last night at GC so the heads are out and on dealers shelves.

This head went on a 13 X 6.5 brass snare. I couldn't play it due to the hour, but did get to tap it lightly to tune it. It has a slightly drier sound than a regular Ambassador. Not as much as the Evans dry heads though.

As others have said, this might be a good choice for aggressive sounding metal snares.
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How are the vintage A's?

Or is everyone still sticking to their old standby7 heads?
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I ordered a set for my toms. Should get them in a couple of days. I'll let you guys know how they sound.
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I ordered a set for my toms. Should get them in a couple of days. I'll let you guys know how they sound.
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How those A's working for you guys?
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How those A's working for you guys?

Sorry to dig up such an oldie, but I love these heads. I put them on the batter side of my 13 and 16's from a late 60s Ludwig kit a few years back and they are the only heads that make sense now. I'm using regular coated amb's on the reso side too, and its a good combo for me.

I'd love for Remo to make a 22" vintage a for my batter side!
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I had one on my snare for a while, and the school kit has them as well. They're good heads, and I liked them a lot on my snare when I first tried them, but I think the Ambassador X / X14 (or Evans G12/14) do a better job of the "in-between single and double ply" head kind of sound. They sound great on a kit, though- very versatile (even though, again, I prefer G12s or Amb. Xs).
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I lost interest in my black beauty around the time I fitted a vintage A... much prefer the modern single ply ambassador on the snare.

I'm sure it's nice on the toms though.
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I just sent the following email to Remo. It's pretty pathetic:

if you extended the Vintage A line to include 22", I'd be:

1. significantly happier
2. have the sickest possible sound for my 22" 60s Ludwig (based on what they do for my snare and toms)
3. cry less
4. be a better husband (difficult since I'm already pretty awesome)
5. be a better father* (see #4)
6. promise to call my aging parents more often

pleeeeeeaaasssssseeeeee!!!!!

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