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Old 08-04-2011, 06:20 PM
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can you use tom heads on snare drums. what would it sound like.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:28 PM
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Default Re: can you use tom heads on a snare drum

Providing you like the sound, you can use any head anywhere you like.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:45 PM
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Default Re: can you use tom heads on a snare drum

I have been wondering this myself. Has anyone done this, and what is the overall effect? I know each snare will be different, but what experience has anyone had with this?
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:51 PM
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Default Re: can you use tom heads on a snare drum

There really is no such thing as a tom head....for the most part, nor is there "batter" or "reso" heads (save for snare side resos and one or two dedicated resonant heads by Evans). But generally speaking, heads are just heads....to be used where you best see fit.

You can use a pinstripe on a snare, you can use an ambassador on a bass drum.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:55 PM
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Default Re: can you use tom heads on a snare drum

You can use any head in any drum as long as it fits. It's all about getting the sound you like.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:44 PM
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Default Re: can you use tom heads on a snare drum

Evans and Aquarians head categories is really just a marketing scheme. Remo's site just has all the heads listed, doesn't say whether they're for toms or snare or tom reso, or whatever. That's how it should be.

The only "rules" there are are...

Snare resonant head is usually much thinner than the batter.
Coated head on the snare.
The reso head shouldn't be thicker than the batter.

However even these rules can be broken, it just depends on what you like.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:33 AM
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Default Re: can you use tom heads on a snare drum

I put a 14 inch Evans EC2 SST clear head on my snare and it sounded great. I had used the whole set on my toms, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and when I took those off I tried the 14 on my snare. Beautiful.. Give it a try.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:56 AM
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The most commonly-used snare head--Remo Coated Ambassador--is actually not a "snare head". Like was mentioned before, any head can be used for either purpose. I use Coated Ambassadors on my snares AND toms. Likewise, I used Coated Emperors on snares AND toms for another kit...
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