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Old 04-03-2011, 09:02 PM
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Default heads for 16inch bass drum

head choices for the 16 inch bass drum converted. It was a floor tom and i cant put bass heads because of the rim. Any combinations you tried out that worked. I'm trying to get a deeper tone. Also is it good to port the bass drum?
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:07 PM
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Default Re: heads for 16inch bass drum

The first time I converted an 18" floor tom into a bass drum I used a regular ol' pinstripe head and talk about a thump and resonance! It was great. I would imagine a 16" would be the same effect. However, unless you plan on miking the drum up, I wouldn't port the front. Play it wide open because at 5 feet in front of the drum, The audience won't get any ring you might be hearing from behind it.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:14 PM
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The first time I converted an 18" floor tom into a bass drum I used a regular ol' pinstripe head and talk about a thump and resonance! It was great. I would imagine a 16" would be the same effect. However, unless you plan on miking the drum up, I wouldn't port the front. Play it wide open because at 5 feet in front of the drum, The audience won't get any ring you might be hearing from behind it.
A pinstripe would be a great choice. You might even try an emperor for a really open sound. I wouldn't do anything with much muffling because of the small size.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:56 PM
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Check out the Evans EC2S or for something with an internal adjustable muffling setup, the Evans MX1 marching bass head : http://store.daddario.com/category/144743/MX1_White
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:12 AM
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Default Re: heads for 16inch bass drum

I'm about to replace the head on my 16" BD, and I think I'm going to use an Evans EC2.
I bet it's going to sound great.
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:40 AM
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Default Re: heads for 16inch bass drum

I was going to suggest the Evans EC2, but you beat me to it. Peace and goodwill.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:13 AM
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It's a shame no one uses straight Ambassadors as both the front and back heads anymore. I think Keith Carlock is the only one who does....
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:30 AM
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Default Re: heads for 16inch bass drum

I'm with Bo. Ambassadors will give it a loud, bright punch with (EDIT:) maybe a felt strip. I got a free Ebony Pinstripe 16" BD head in a mix-up with Musician's Friend. Two actually, but I sold one. I'd use that just because I'm cheap and I wouldn't buy new heads. Stock resonant heads are cool with me.

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Old 04-07-2011, 03:19 AM
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Well, I meant two ambassadors wide open with no muffling whatsoever. Be bold!
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:21 AM
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Default Re: heads for 16inch bass drum

I use a clear PS3 for the batter and a coated PS3 on the front of my 16. No addtional muffling is needed. You can tune it up for tone or down for thump. Either way it still has punch; more when tuned down.
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:31 AM
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Well, I meant two ambassadors wide open with no muffling whatsoever. Be bold!
I use a G Plus on either side when playing with a small jazz trio. The slightly thicker single-ply head offers a bit more body/low-end.
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