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Old 12-30-2011, 09:16 PM
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Default Anyone know what heads Alex Van Halen used in-studio in his heyday?

Wondering if there's any knowledge out there of what Alex Valen generally used when recording?
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:03 AM
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Not sure but I do know when Eddie had the Wolfgang and 5150 built by peavey Alex had a set of the early RBS1 radial pro drums and 1 of 2 prototype koa radial pro snares (the 2nd went to GNR's drummer Matt Sorum who recently sold it to a friend of mine in Memphis ) that he recorded with which would have been supplied with Aquarian heads. From what Ive been told he still owns the RBS1's and the koa snare and has them tucked away in his home studio. BTW if anyone on here is buddy buddy with Alex Id by that snare if he ever wants to sell it, its SWEEEEET ! ..lol. You can here the radial pro koa wood snare on this recording, plus he used the radial pro kit in this video.
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:08 AM
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Default Re: Anyone know what heads Alex Van Halen used in-studio in his heyday?

ask Todd at Ontario music in Ontario CA, he was a Ludwig rep and work with Alex.

im not sure if he hangs out here or not
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:52 AM
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Default Re: Anyone know what heads Alex Van Halen used in-studio in his heyday?

I will guess and say Remo Control Sound clears.
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:22 AM
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Default Re: Anyone know what heads Alex Van Halen used in-studio in his heyday?

This site is helpful, but doesn't really shed any light on what he used in the studio.

The trend I see (at least for his live set up) is he first started with Remo CS black dots, then switched to Ludwig Silver Dots. Then he kept with the Silver Dots on everything except the floor toms which he put Pinstripes on. I find it hard to believe he would record with Pinstripes though, they're so dead.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:20 PM
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Default Re: Anyone know what heads Alex Van Halen used in-studio in his heyday?

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This site is helpful, but doesn't really shed any light on what he used in the studio.

The trend I see (at least for his live set up) is he first started with Remo CS black dots, then switched to Ludwig Silver Dots. Then he kept with the Silver Dots on everything except the floor toms which he put Pinstripes on. I find it hard to believe he would record with Pinstripes though, they're so dead.
On the right drum and tuned properly pinstripes aren't necessarily all that dead.
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My guess would be cardboard...
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:45 PM
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Default Re: Anyone know what heads Alex Van Halen used in-studio in his heyday?

Though I have no direct source, I would be willing to bet he used Remo CS heads (black dots) on the first few albums at least. I was a huge Van Halen fan when those albums came out, and every picture I saw showed black dots on his kit. The snare had a white head which was more than likely a coated Ambassador or Emperor.

His sound was pretty consistent in the beginning, but then started changing a lot (other than his snare sound), so all bets are off on what heads he used.
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My guess would be cardboard...
HA HA, good one, but was the cardboard wet or dry...lol,,jk all, although a bit dry sounding for my taste I am a huge fan of Alex and VH is one of my fav bands with David as well as with the Red Rocker.
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Never liked Alex's tom sounds. It was the way he tuned them. Without ever knowing for sure what heads he used, I just knew...my ears told me they had dots on them from the tone, I could hear the stick slap on the dot, and I could pick out what the dot did to the head tone. Yea never had much love for his sound. His snare sounded like a version of Bonhams, not bad, but I've heard it before. His kick sound was his best tone IMO.
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