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Old 12-04-2009, 10:45 PM
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Question for you experts out there...I've been using emads on my bassdrum batter and res for quite awhile now...i kicked through my batter side yesterday, and I am using it as an opportunity to experiment with different heads...I have a 1970 24'' Ludwig kick, so i've been wanting to experiment with remo ambassadors ala Bonham..

My question is...I'd rather not buy a res head right now since my emad is relatively new...would the emad resonant and remo ambassador batter be a good combo? or should i just stick with emads on the batter and resonant?

Thanks in advance guys!
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:03 PM
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Question for you experts out there...I've been using emads on my bassdrum batter and res for quite awhile now...i kicked through my batter side yesterday, and I am using it as an opportunity to experiment with different heads...I have a 1970 24'' Ludwig kick, so i've been wanting to experiment with remo ambassadors ala Bonham..

My question is...I'd rather not buy a res head right now since my emad is relatively new...would the emad resonant and remo ambassador batter be a good combo? or should i just stick with emads on the batter and resonant?

Thanks in advance guys!
Not sure. I don't use Evans heads but I can tell you Bonham used coated Emperors as batters. Not Ambassadors. Have a look here .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAwLN7sFIE8
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:11 PM
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Ahh mistake averted...thanks...anyone else have an opinion?
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Old 12-05-2009, 02:40 PM
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Default Re: Bass Drum head question

What I like (PS3s) may not be what you like, so it's hard to give advice . . . except next time use a patch and you won't "kick through" any more batter heads.
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:41 PM
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Reading reviews, EMAD's seem susceptible to breaking. An EMAD on both ends sounds like a lot of muffling (to me).

As mentioned, Bonham used a coated Emp batter with a coated Amb reso, and a felt strip under each.... of course 30 years later, we have the luxury of muffled heads.

I'm using a PS3 batter and the Ludwig equivalent of a smooth Ambassador up front. With a little extra tension on the reso, there's no need for more muffling.

-Ryan
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:28 PM
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Bonham and most other drummers of that era used felt strips on both heads to focus the sound. Am important factor in getting that sound.
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