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Old 08-13-2010, 06:40 AM
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Hey DW. I'm kind of lost at a lot of specifics when it comes to drums, this time being drum heads. I'm going to have a Yamaha Stage Custom (birch shells):
- Two 22" x 18" bass drums
-8" x 7", 10" x 8", 12" x 9", 13" x 10", 14" x 12", and 16" x 14" rack toms
-18" x 16" floor tom
-14" x 5.5" snare
-14" x 6.5" steel snare

I play metal, and I need heads that can take a pounding.
Any recommendations on brands, head types, etc.?

Also, as a side note, has anyone used other Aquarian heads besides the kick heads?
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:12 AM
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Default Re: Help with new heads?

Aquarian Performance 2's with the power dots for the toms would be good for aggressive playing, but they have very fast decay. I don't know how these would sound with birch shells. For the snare, I have always had very good results with Satin Texture coated heads by Aquarian. You can get these with power dots also.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:16 AM
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I'm fine with fast decay, as long as they don't sound dead. Somewhat boomy, but not so explosive it takes out articulation.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:29 AM
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I wouldn't describe them as dead sounding. They are low pitched, but with proper tuning of the top and bottom heads, I think they would be great for metal drumming. You wouldn't lose any articulation with these heads from my experience with them.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:37 AM
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I'll be sure to try them out then.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:44 AM
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Another option could be the clear studio-x model with power dots.They are one-ply heads with a muffling ring that gives a good tone without a lot of overtones. These might work better since you have some smaller toms in your setup. They would withstand a beating also. Best wishes in your search.
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:26 PM
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Default Re: Help with new heads?

I agree with Forgiven's comment...the Performance 2s could sound a little dead on a birch kit. I put a Focus-X (not a 2-ply but it is a premuffled head) on a birch snare a while back and it dried it up way too much. A little too much focus...

You might want to try the regular 2-ply, the Response 2. Great head, great tone. Coating lasts forever.
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:59 PM
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Default Re: Help with new heads?

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Hey DW. I'm kind of lost at a lot of specifics when it comes to drums, this time being drum heads. I'm going to have a Yamaha Stage Custom (birch shells):
- Two 22" x 18" bass drums
-8" x 7", 10" x 8", 12" x 9", 13" x 10", 14" x 12", and 16" x 14" rack toms
-18" x 16" floor tom
-14" x 5.5" snare
-14" x 6.5" steel snare

I play metal, and I need heads that can take a pounding.
Any recommendations on brands, head types, etc.?

Also, as a side note, has anyone used other Aquarian heads besides the kick heads?

REMO sounds best on YAMAHA
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:43 PM
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REMO sounds best on YAMAHA
Well, that settles that, then.

If you're really unsure of what sound you're after, you might narrow your choices down to two or three, and buy one each for just one of your toms--say, your 12" rack tom. Try them out one after the other and you'll get an idea of what a full kit of them will sound like without spending a fortune.
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:53 AM
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....and, research to see what your favorite metal drummers are using for heads to see if there is a common thread. Usually, many drummers of similar genres and playing styles use the same type of heads. That'll give you an idea of what to go with.
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Old 08-16-2010, 03:25 AM
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Default Re: Help with new heads?

One of the studios I rehease at has Aquarian's on Stage Custom kits. They use all Performance 2's because they can take a beating. But they do sound a bit dead.
I would try Aquarian's Responce 2s. I use these on my kit, they last a long time and sound killer even when it's time to repace them. For metal I would use clear heads too.
For your snare, if you need something tuff, Aquarian Hi-Energy or Hi-Velocity should do it. The Hi-Energy is a clear single ply head with two power dots, the Hi Velocity is a coated Responce 2 with a large dot on the bottem.
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