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Old 04-17-2019, 06:07 PM
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Default History of Drumheads - Podcast Episode

Bart from Drum History Podcast had me as a guest on the show recently and I got to geek out over the history of drumheads, focusing mostly on the development of the synthetic drumhead starting in the mid-50's. No doubt this episode will likely stir up some discussion and perhaps a bit of controversy over the development of the synthetic drumhead but hopefully listeners can enjoy the episode and maybe learn something new and interesting along the way.

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Looking forward to diving into this Ben, thank you for sharing! I really admire the content you put out!

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Looking forward to diving into this Ben, thank you for sharing! I really admire the content you put out!

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Thanks, Jonathan! Serious credit to Bart for his excellent work on this podcast. I've listened to every episode and have thoroughly enjoyed them.
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It's sad how the corrupted capitalist mentality spills into the music industry. While I don't hold a grudge against Remo, there is a part of me that is questioning my loyalty to them. I understand that it's not the fault of the individuals who currently run the company but they are where they are because of what they did to Chick. (Sorry for being vague, I'm trying not to spoil it).

Fantastic episode, thank you for making me aware of Bart's podcast.

Also, really looking forward to your next episode of Sounds Like a Drum, this most recent one about feltstrips on larger bass drums was fantastic.

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It's sad how the corrupted capitalist mentality spills into the music industry. While I don't hold a grudge against Remo, there is a part of me that is questioning my loyalty to them. I understand that it's not the fault of the individuals who currently run the company but they are where they are because of what they did to Chick. (Sorry for being vague, I'm trying not to spoil it).

Fantastic episode, thank you for making me aware of Bart's podcast.

Also, really looking forward to your next episode of Sounds Like a Drum, this most recent one about feltstrips on larger bass drums was fantastic.

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I don't want to assume the motives behind how it all went down but it is sad that it happened the way it did. In the end Remo went on to introduce some major advancements, as did all of the companies. I certainly don't hold any grudge (I wasn't affected in any way, that's for sure) but I do question when the facts are overshadowed by misleading statements. I'm still not entirely sure how many at Remo now are aware of the early communications between Remo and Chick.

Thanks for the kind words and glad to hear that you're enjoying Sounds Like a Drum! If you're interested (and not completely sick of hearing my voice), I just did another podcast interview touching more on social marketing as it relates to being a musician and some elements of Sounds Like a Drum for the Discussions in Percussion podcast here: https://www.discussionsinpercussion....-guru-amp-more
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I don't see any controversy. No one prevented Evans from consulting a patent attorney. Anyone who's been playing drums long enough is aware of this history. Evans made the first synthetic head, but it was hardly a "solid" product. Remo made a bunch of improvements to the design and then captured the market.

During Evans' heyday, their heads offered a serious alternative to Remo. Their hydraulic head alone was like nothing else, same as the Looking Glass head. Also, their heads did not use a metal hoop. It was almost an extension of the head itself. I really liked those Evans heads back in the 70s.

Sometime in the late 80s or early 90s, Evans heads changed drastically and became pretty much identical to Remo, albeit using a different film. If Evans ever returned to their "flexible" hoops, I would probably start using them.
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I don't see any controversy. No one prevented Evans from consulting a patent attorney. Anyone who's been playing drums long enough is aware of this history.
The controversy seems to be more in the story that has been told for decades that Remo was the first while i fact Remo himself wanted intended to distribute Evans in California, visited Chick, conversed about Chick's pending patent, then started manufacturing drumheads under his own name (this is the much shorter version for anyone who hasn't listened to the podcast episode).

I have to disagree with the statement about anyone playing long enough being aware of this history, as it really isn't documented anywhere other than in the telegrams, letters, and patent materials.

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Evans made the first synthetic head, but it was hardly a "solid" product. Remo made a bunch of improvements to the design and then captured the market.
Couldn't agree more, though the first heads that Chick made were solid by comparison to what had existed prior. I can speak to this first hand as I've held, tuned up, and played on this exact heads.

The competition ended up being great (as it usually is) for furthering the development of the product over the years. I love seeing what Remo has done with the Colortone series and it was a blast to work on the UV coating for Evans and see where that's gone.
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