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Old 12-07-2011, 10:52 PM
Lavely Lavely is offline
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Default Help with new heads for Mapex M Series, birch shells

I played drums 20 years ago, just getting back into it. Bought a used 7-piece Mapex M-Series kit with birch shells. So far, so good.

I figure I should get new heads just to personalize it a bit. A couple facts about me:

*I play only at home in a bedroom. The kit needs to sound good to me, the drummer, and not to an audience
*Less volume is better, though I'm not worried about volume
*Music will be basically rock, though a Dave Weckl-like fusion tone on the toms is pretty ideal for me
*I prefer Remos. No real reason, but that's what I am used to.

I am looking for:

Snare - Bonham sound is ideal, don't like overtones. LOVE playing ghost notes and deeper tones.
Toms - deep, focused tones. I don't want them choked, nor do I want them to ring forever.
BD - Punchy, deep, not boomy

I would be interested in your thoughts on which heads might help achieve this. My initial thoughts:

Snare - go simple with coated Ambassador batter and clear Ambassador reso. This seems pretty standard, and I don't want a "dead" sounding snare at all (no pinstripes, black dots, etc.)
Toms - clear Emperor batters to balance the birch brightness (lots of Bs!), clear Ambassador resos to help with deepness, though I could be talked into many other options here.
BD - I have no idea.

Some help, please? Are my assumptions right? Does my logic make sense? Help with toms and BD in particular would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Lavely
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:02 PM
mikel mikel is offline
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Default Re: Help with new heads for Mapex M Series, birch shells

Snare and toms youre choice would nail it.

Bass drum you could do worse than the Remo powerstroke 3.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:52 AM
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Default Re: Help with new heads for Mapex M Series, birch shells

Try an Aquarian Super Kick II on the bass drum, I used one on my M Birch kit a couple years ago and it sounded great.

Nice punch and not boomy, just how a bass drum should sound.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:22 PM
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Default Re: Help with new heads for Mapex M Series, birch shells

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Try an Aquarian Super Kick II on the bass drum, I used one on my M Birch kit a couple years ago and it sounded great.

Nice punch and not boomy, just how a bass drum should sound.
+1 I plan on replacing my bass drum head with an Aquarian after the new year
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:41 AM
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Default Re: Help with new heads for Mapex M Series, birch shells

THIS is what I want the toms to sound like (not the bass or snare, necessarily):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPiAWfprCzI
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