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Old 01-04-2014, 08:31 PM
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Default New Evans snare head - Heavyweight

I guess they were probably waiting 'til NAMM to announce this, but Kenny Aronoff's artist page sorta let this one out of the bag:

http://www.evansdrumheads.com/EvProd...me=Heavyweight

Looks like Evans' answer to the Remo Emperor X. I know I've got one snare in particular that I'd like to give this a try on!
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:53 PM
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Interested to hear and play it.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:29 AM
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Awesome...! I hope it gives off a "pop" or "thwack" sound like the Emp. X does.

Update: Apparently they have it for bass drums too... http://www.evansdrumheads.com/EvDrum...?ActiveID=3587

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Old 01-05-2014, 06:58 AM
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Two 10 mil plies, PLUS a dot? That's going to sound like a table top, not a drum. Yuck...
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:07 AM
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Two 10 mil plies, PLUS a dot? That's going to sound like a table top, not a drum. Yuck...
"thick"

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Old 01-05-2014, 07:12 AM
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Two 10 mil plies, PLUS a dot? That's going to sound like a table top, not a drum. Yuck...
On some of the more active drums, putting on something really heavy and then cranking it up to what would normally be too high on a lighter head can sound really cool in my opinion.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:15 PM
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I have had a single ply G 14 on my snare before and can't imagine 2 ply 20. Say hello to wrist and hand problems if you are a heavy hitter.
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:41 PM
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I have had a single ply G 14 on my snare before and can't imagine 2 ply 20. Say hello to wrist and hand problems if you are a heavy hitter.
Hmm...And why is that? I'm curious; what does head thickness and/or ply amount has anything to do with hand problems?
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:22 AM
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Default Re: New Evans snare head - Heavyweight

Im looking forward to trying this! Im a die hard coated ST guy, but it will interesting to A/B the Heavyweight with the ST.
Thats same thickness as an Emperor X. Drummers have using that for 12 yrs now, its still one of Remo's best sellers and Its not like slamming a Kevlar head- so, I doubt that there are ton of wrist/hand troubles, unless u have poor technique..

With Evans quality and consistency, I would bet they will do well with this for the heavier rock , metal and punk drummers. Its cool to also see that Kenny Aronoff switched over and is using em too!
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:28 PM
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Default Re: New Evans snare head - Heavyweight

Emperor Xs are too much for my wood snares but I don't mind them on brass. I like they way they feel. Even cranked up, they don't feel like a table top. I will definitely try one of these new Evans.
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Old 01-08-2014, 02:07 AM
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Im looking forward to trying this! Im a die hard coated ST guy, but it will interesting to A/B the Heavyweight with the ST.
Thats same thickness as an Emperor X. Drummers have using that for 12 yrs now, its still one of Remo's best sellers and Its not like slamming a Kevlar head- so, I doubt that there are ton of wrist/hand troubles, unless u have poor technique..

With Evans quality and consistency, I would bet they will do well with this for the heavier rock , metal and punk drummers. Its cool to also see that Kenny Aronoff switched over and is using em too!
Yeah, they appear to be very similar to the Aquarian Hi-Impact heads. Between that and the Remo version, this type of head has been around for a while.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:12 AM
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Emperor Xs are too much for my wood snares but I don't mind them on brass. I like they way they feel. Even cranked up, they don't feel like a table top. I will definitely try one of these new Evans.
Im trying em too. Agree w/ you , and yes the Emperor X always seemed to work well with my metal snares. They weren't too thick and stiff, in fact they played very nice when tightened up on my brass and steel snare drums. But Evans is always experimenting with different films and ideas. What they bring out usually works very well.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:20 AM
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Two 10 mil plies, PLUS a dot? That's going to sound like a table top, not a drum. Yuck...
It may take a bit of tuning (extra 40 seconds) but I'm sure they didn't put out a new head that sounds ......... like a table top.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:22 PM
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Two 10 mil plies, PLUS a dot? That's going to sound like a table top, not a drum. Yuck...
Let's not pass judgement before we play the head... ;-)

Both the Heavyweight snare batter and the EMAD Heavyweight are incredibly dynamic (far more than you would expect out of heads that thick) and are actually quite versatile. You may find that they're not the ones for you, but there are many people who have been looking for the ultimate durability without the sacrifice of dynamics.

Kenny Aronoff is digging it, Anton Fig is digging it, Matt Halpern is digging it.

With regards to the EMAD Heavyweight, the sound is incredible and the tone (even will feathering the kick) is full-bodied. From the moment I mounted the first prototype on a kick drum, this head became my favorite EMAD.
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:06 PM
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The EMAD Heavyweight seems to be the first bass drum head with the Level 360 logo on it... does this mean that the rest of the Level 360 bass drum heads will be rolling out around the same time?
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:51 PM
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Let's not pass judgement before we play the head... ;-)

Both the Heavyweight snare batter and the EMAD Heavyweight are incredibly dynamic (far more than you would expect out of heads that thick) and are actually quite versatile. You may find that they're not the ones for you, but there are many people who have been looking for the ultimate durability without the sacrifice of dynamics.

Kenny Aronoff is digging it, Anton Fig is digging it, Matt Halpern is digging it.

With regards to the EMAD Heavyweight, the sound is incredible and the tone (even will feathering the kick) is full-bodied. From the moment I mounted the first prototype on a kick drum, this head became my favorite EMAD.
i didnt even notice on EMAD heavyweight. thats gonna be some kick!

did you also try it with the patch?
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:37 PM
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i didnt even notice on EMAD heavyweight. thats gonna be some kick!

did you also try it with the patch?
Yes, these will be shipping with the Black Nylon patch by default. I prefer the sound with a felt beater and without the patch (which is fine, since I'm far from being a heavy hitter). You don't have to be a heavyweight to hit one though!
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Hmm...And why is that? I'm curious; what does head thickness and/or ply amount has anything to do with hand problems?
The heavier the head and the tighter the more energy is passed up the sticks to your hands. I have a slight case of arthritis in my hands and normally play with the snare batter a little loser than I want to help absorb some energy. I don't play out so the only personaware of the sound change is me. I like tight heads but have had to loosen them a bit as I got older.
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:39 PM
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The heavier the head and the tighter the more energy is passed up the sticks to your hands. I have a slight case of arthritis in my hands and normally play with the snare batter a little loser than I want to help absorb some energy. I don't play out so the only personaware of the sound change is me. I like tight heads but have had to loosen them a bit as I got older.
Ah, I see... That explains it.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:05 PM
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Default Re: New Evans snare head - Heavyweight

Very nice video from Sweetwater, featuring our own EvansSpecialist (am I correct?) demoing/introducing the new Heavyweight and Heavyweight EMAD heads at NAMM 2014:
http://youtu.be/nCOSG_gVXl8
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:21 PM
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Default Re: New Evans snare head - Heavyweight

Another one from Mike Dolbear:
http://youtu.be/kXtWVy2gMXU

Looks like the snare Heavyweight is surprisingly sensitive. Reminds me of what people were saying about the Hybrid (when cranked up).
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Very nice video from Sweetwater, featuring our own EvansSpecialist (am I correct?) demoing/introducing the new Heavyweight and Heavyweight EMAD heads at NAMM 2014:
http://youtu.be/nCOSG_gVXl8
Yup, one of the many interviews during NAMM :-)

Everyone who demo'd the new heads was quite surprised by the sensitivity and feel of the heads, given the thickness.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:23 AM
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Finally an Emperor X alternative from Evans. I'm a big fan of the Emp X, so I'm excited to try this one out, since I generally favour Evans heads over Remo.
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:27 PM
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Default Re: New Evans snare head - Heavyweight

So I know this thread has not been updated in a while but I tried out the Heavyweight last night and wanted to offer my thoughts. I put the head on my 14x 5.5 Tama beaded brass snare. Obviously, the snare has a powerful bright cutting tone.

The head feels very thick and you can totally feel it when you hit the drum. I am normally torn head wise as I like durable heads but I like max resonance ( so I should play 1 plys). I have only played it for one prax and plan to test it live at our show tomorrow.

That being said so far I don't think I am into this head. I like how 2 ply heads kill a little more of the ring of my brass snare. I like how this one does that as well, but once the band is in the mix I feel like I am working a little harder than I have to. Maybe it is just because I put it on and played it for an hour.

I probably need to mess around with the tuning, but I think if anyone thinks this head may be too thick for them it probably is. Again, I want to play with it a little more and I am sure it will be an awesome head for taming any kind of ring so if that is what you need go for it. I feel this head may be suited best for deep snares.
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I'm intrigued by the kick head.
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:37 PM
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I've been using the heavyweight for a couple of months now. I have it on my 6.5x14, 15 ply Keller shell snare drum and I really dig it. I have cranked up reasonably high and it had a pleasing combination of ring and control. This head suits me as I am naturally a heavy hitter and play four hour shows in a rock cover band roughly 4 times a month.
I use the same snare with the company band I'm in and it sounds just fine with brushes as well. All of the sensitivity seems to be there. How crazy is that?
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For those of you who have or use Twitter, you need to follow @benobriensmith to find out what is going on in the music and Evans worlds. He is one of the hardest working guys in the business and never fails to entertain or inform.
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So I have been playing a lot more on this head and I have to say I do really like it. It is very focused which is good, I think I just had to play on it more. Good job Evans. I may still go back to my Dry ST head once this one dies tho...
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I've got to say, I'm impressed by the Heavyweight Snare as well. It's amazing on my Pork Pie Big Black brass snare. I generally use a G2 or an ST on that one, but I think I may get another Heavyweight for it, once the current one wears out. It definitely doesn't feel as stiff as I thought it would, like the EC Reverse Dot snare batter head.

However, I'm not as much a fan of the Heavyweight EMAD. I'm having the same problem I had on my previous 3 EMAD-style heads (GMAD, EMAD2, EMAD Onyx) with the thinner of the two foam muffling rings falling out of the plastic portion while playing a set.

I'd rather use the thinner ring, but it seems like I'm going to have to keep going back to the thicker one, because it's the only one of the two that will stay put for the duration of a show.
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