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Old 05-04-2011, 03:54 PM
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Default Bass drum head advice

I play in a Motown/soul tribute, so I'm looking to recreate that sort of sound. I'm thinking Powerstroke 3 batter, Fiberskyn reso. Anyone tried this combination, and if so do you have any thoughts on it? Anyone have any other suggestions.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:35 PM
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Default Re: Bass drum head advice

Great music have fun!!

Back then they used Coated Emp or Coated Ambassador heads, and stuffed the bass drum. A lot of times/most time had no front head for recording.

Check out some pics from that era.

If you go for a PS3, I'd definitely use a Coated and not a clear.
Fiberskyn Ambassador should be fine, but an Ambassador smooth or coated would be more accurate a sound.

14x20, or 14x22" bass drums were the common size back then.

Just my 2 cents.

Have a great time with the band!
My band Artificial Agent here: http://drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=116637
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Old 05-05-2011, 04:11 PM
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Default Re: Bass drum head advice

this is a GREAT combo. i have PS3 coated (batter) & Fiberskyn Ambassador (reso) on my 20" (keller vintage shells). tuned relatively high to the resonant frequency of the shell & wide open. sounds great w/ big band jazz, motown, etc. a nice warm open tone; very musical & punchy.

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Old 05-05-2011, 04:22 PM
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Default Re: Bass drum head advice

Originally Posted by The Modernist View Post
Anyone tried this combination,
Yeah, my current set up is a clear PS3 batter and a Fiberskyn PS3 reso. I've been happy with that combo. I've used PS3's as batter and reso for years and opted for the fiberskyn model last head change.

Otherwise a regular Ambassador and a felt strip will do the trick.
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