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Old 06-15-2010, 06:49 AM
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Default Storing spare heads in hot places.

I practice at 3 different spots around town & gig a good bit too. I was thinking about keeping my backup heads in a box in the trunk of my car, so I will always have them with me no matter where I am at.

Will keeping them in a hot place affect their sound/durabilty? Down here in Bama its usually at least 90* during the summer, if not hotter.

I have some old spares that I kept last time I re-skinned & have a few new ones also.
The old ones probably are not as big deal since they would just be a temp fix until I could get to the store. I definitely don't want to ruin the new ones though before I put them on.

Any insight into the matter will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:02 AM
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Default Re: Storing spare heads in hot places.

Heads obviouly travel across country in the backs of trucks to get from Remo to all the stores in the country, so they can take a fair share of abuse. But even in back of a UPS truck, it's only a few days from California to the East Coast.

So, while I think a few days in the trunk wouldn't do much, several weeks or months could result in the plastic becoming brittle.

And even if the Mylar held up, the glue that holds the heads into the metal rim of a head would likely crack after a period of time.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:08 AM
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Default Re: Storing spare heads in hot places.

I'm really not too sure of the "correct" answer, but a rule of thumb that I always use is to try to keep all of my gear out of temperature "extremes" for any given length of time.

The boot (read: trunk for you guys in the US) of a car is susceptible to extremes, so I wouldn't be inclined to leave heads in there for any long duration. This is purely opinion though, I have no real idea if I'm right or wrong....I just like to err on the side of caution for these types of things.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:26 AM
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Default Re: Storing spare heads in hot places.

Good points. I will probably just keep the old spares in the car since they will only be a quick fix for a gig or practice. I will keep the new ones at home & use as needed.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:13 AM
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Default Re: Storing spare heads in hot places.

It will not affect the heads at all, unless you left them in extreme temperatures for several years. Then, as DrumEatDrum notes, it could affect the glue. However, Alabama is pretty mild and moist so it would't hurt at all. There's no steel to rust, as the flesh hoop is aluminum. Plastic heads are about the toughest part of the set. I'd be worried about steel hardware stands, which will rust.

The great benefit of plastic over real hide is that temperature and humidity don't affect plastic.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:23 AM
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Default Re: Storing spare heads in hot places.

maybe try keeping a couple of heads in the trunk for a while...pull em out and slap it on and see how it does. probably a head that you are VERY familiar with (because you'll know the difference in how it should sound) and one that you highly suspect would have problems.
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