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Old 06-06-2008, 01:26 PM
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Default Fiberskyn 3 on 18" bass drum

I'm currently thinking of putting Fiberskyn 3"s on my 18"x14" Yamaha Absolute Maple Nouveau bass drum.
I use them on all my other drums (the Yamahas plus hand beaten copper snare and various Pearl snares) and really love the sound.
The problem is that my local dealer (who has served me well over the years and whose opinion I usually trust) insists that the bass drum will be impossibly "boomy" and very difficult to control.
I'd really like a bit of expert opinion (or any opinion at all really) on whether this is likely to be true. I don't really want to have to use a lot of damping - I play all forms of jazz (including freely improvised), folk and world musics and like a really natural sound.

Opinions please.
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Old 06-06-2008, 06:30 PM
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Default Re: Fiberskyn 3 on 18" bass drum

Well Im picking up my new kit today(Ludwig classic maple w/ virgin 18X14) in the picture it looks to have a fiberskyn 3 on it, I'll have to check it out, Ill give a response to what I think about it at 5:30PM (PST)
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:14 PM
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Default Re: Fiberskyn 3 on 18" bass drum

Since I used to drive a 28x14 and a 26x14, I find it very "hard" to imagine and "out of control" and "boomy" 18x14. First off, are you mounting the Fiberskyn 3 batter or reso.? Lots of cats mount the Fiberskyn 3 reso., for the cool retro. look. And they come in Diplomat, Ambassador, and Powerstroke 3 configuration. All 3 heads being single ply, but the P3 having a built in ritchie ring. If you want little to no overtone, run P3 reso and batter. If you want "some" open tone, Ambassador (medium) Fiberskyn reso (cool look) and P3 batter (and since the audience doesn't see your batter, you can run any of 9 types of P3. "Old Schoolers" would just mount Ambassador weight heads batter and reso., and then felt strip either/or the batter and reso. heads to get the adjusted overtone desired. I ran a Yamaha 20x14 with clear P3 batter and ebony P3 reso., and that was a great sounding and punchy little kick. Most all my kicks, I start my set-up with clear P3 batter, ebony Ambassador reso., and then go from there.
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:25 PM
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Default Re: Fiberskyn 3 on 18" bass drum

I play an 18 by 18 bass drum and I use Fiberskyns on all my drums - have for years. The Fiberskyns are great for controlling ring and fattening the sound, without having to stuff a mattress in the bass drum. I really disagree with the advice from the shop owner.
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:51 AM
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Default Re: Fiberskyn 3 on 18" bass drum

would a fiberskyn ps3 be too much for a 18x14 bass?
i want to keep it kinda open?

for anyone that uses them...
are they versatile,
cause ive always thought of them tailored to more jazz.
which i do play,
but id like something for rock stuff that i play.
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