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Old 12-13-2011, 03:43 PM
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Default Best reso heads for open sounding toms

whichever is cheapest, i really like aquarian but will consider remo and evans as well, they are all good manufacturers.

probably using clear 1 ply or 2 ply heads on top, most likely aquarian classics or response 2s.

also, how would i tune my resos for that wide open sound?

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Old 12-13-2011, 05:05 PM
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Default Re: Best reso heads for open sounding toms

10 mil single ply clear heads is what you want for that tone. How you tun them is up to you.

Basically you have 3 choices:

Tune the reso:

Lower than the batter
Same as the batter
Higher than the batter

Me I prefer higher than the batter. I tune to an octave above the batter, as determined by the harmonics created by tapping the head near the tension lugs. Tuning like this gives you that pitch bend sound.

Others prefer Same as the batter. You supposedly get the most sustain this way. I think it sounds a little one dimensional that way, not bad, but it's all preference.

I think Lower than the batter sounds boingy, I don't like that tone.

There is no short cut. You have to spend lots of time figuring out your preferred tuning.

One thing I will say...if you play out unmiced...any premuffled head is a waste of money. JMO. Single ply heads, or 2 ply heads if you hit really hard are the heads that sound the best on drums, again, JMO. Muffled heads kill your tone out in the audience unless they're miced.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:18 PM
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Default Re: Best reso heads for open sounding toms

Open sounding drums ... yeah !!!!!!! But, you might wanna reconsider the "clear" part. I'd say 1st .... what kit are you putting these heads on? A lot of guys go to "clear" heads, only to complain that their drums sound "plastic-y". Where, say, a coated head batter, and a smooth white head reso., you have nothing inside the drum, and if you're not using a pre-muffled head (like a Pinstripe, Powerstroke3, etc.) you'll have open .... but it will be a "warm" open.
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