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Old 07-14-2017, 08:50 PM
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Default The Bass drum reso head decorating thread

Inspired by a Bermuda comment in the "what do you do with your gear stickers" thread. He said he doesn't put any extraneous gear stickers on his front head with 2 exceptions. That comment made me think of the numerous bass drum resos I've seen that were loaded up with stickers of all manner. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I just wanted to hear the myriad of takes on the matter, if you please.

It always tickles me when I think I thought of a topic that hasn't been done before, but I'm probably missing something. I did a search worded just one way and got nothing, so that was good enough for me lol. Someone will prove me wrong I'm sure.

But until that happens, we could share our thoughts and approaches on that incredibly important subject, bass drum head personalization and decorating in the current era.

So how do you bass drum reso?

More importantly, why?
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:13 PM
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Until I get the resizing of my pics down pat, I'll just describe what I have. I paint my own of late. I have a Daria (Mtv character in the 90's) reso, a "Screamer" reso & a plain one with the Gretsch logo.
I find it easier and cheaper to do that than to order it from a company.

As I'm not endorsed by anyone, I don't have gear stickers on the reso. It always felt very pompous to me to advertise "like the pros do".
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:31 PM
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My band decided on a Mexican sugar skull as our motif. At some point they want me to get it on a reso head, hopefully black-light reactive too.
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Until I get the resizing of my pics down pat, I'll just describe what I have. I paint my own of late. I have a Daria (Mtv character in the 90's) reso, a "Screamer" reso & a plain one with the Gretsch logo.
I find it easier and cheaper to do that than to order it from a company.

As I'm not endorsed by anyone, I don't have gear stickers on the reso. It always felt very pompous to me to advertise "like the pros do".
Not sure why.
You don't mean the old band "the screamers" right?
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:17 PM
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I've just got this on my bass drum head for now. This thread reminds me that i should hit up Kaces for a sticker to go with the Taye and Scorpion stickers. At some point I'd like to do a custom band head, but not quite sure what design I would get.



I've got this head on a set of StarClassic Maples that i used several years back. I can't remember which company did it. Vivid Custom Logos....or Vintage Logos, something like that. It wasn't cheap...around $130 for the head and custom design if I remember right.

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Old 07-14-2017, 10:54 PM
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Until I get the resizing of my pics down pat, I'll just describe what I have. I paint my own of late. I have a Daria (Mtv character in the 90's) reso, a "Screamer" reso & a plain one with the Gretsch logo.
I find it easier and cheaper to do that than to order it from a company.

As I'm not endorsed by anyone, I don't have gear stickers on the reso. It always felt very pompous to me to advertise "like the pros do".
Not sure why.
Good honest POV. Interesting. So if you do go pro, would stickers be OK then?
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:09 PM
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I understand the "I'm not endorsed, so I'm not advertising for them" philosophy and subscribe to it too. However, I do wear my DW t-shirt from time to time, but not at gigs (collared shirts only).

I do have an old hardware case that has stickers from bands and various drum equipment manufacturers on it. Back then, the 80s, it was a thing to do: trade stickers w/ bands that came into town. Not sure if it's still a thing or not.

As for my own bass drum head, I have my band's logo:

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I like the mirror finish so much I have them on every bass drum.

I happen to prefer it's tone to any other reso head and I am picky.

I lined up the Guru Logo with the Remo logo, applied it, then took off the Remo ink with acetone.

The Memphis drum shop logo would not come off at all. I buy my heads there because I like the logo.

But I would rather it not be there. I have Guru there because no one ever heard of that before.
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Larry, how do you keep that head so clean? I would think it would be a magnet for fingerprints and other schmutz.
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It always tickles me when I think I thought of a topic that hasn't been done before, but I'm probably missing something. I did a search worded just one way and got nothing, so that was good enough for me lol. Someone will prove me wrong I'm sure.
Here you go: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...d.php?t=123533

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Larry, how do you keep that head so clean? I would think it would be a magnet for fingerprints and other schmutz.
I sprinkled it with fairy dust when I first got it and I haven't touched it since.

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You have to remember, that pic was before I gigged it. Still, I wipe it down every half dozen gigs or so with a cotton t shirt. Sometimes I may use windex, but not usually. It's a big hit, those heads. I had a 2 YO girl mesmerized by it last Wednesday. I catch adults staring at it too. When I play on grass, (meaning my kit is on a lawn) it looks like there's grass growing inside my drum.

I had a bird try to fly through it, not on Yolanda. A different set.

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I use laserjet transparency sticker sheets that I buy for about $5 for a pack of 30 to temporarily add band logos - even trade them out. They don't tear off any of the coating on my white head and look great.
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My Wizard, a nickname from work, and my Gretsch Renown, so no one has to ask.
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Going the minimalist route: ported FiberSkyn reso with no logos.
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Old 07-15-2017, 02:10 AM
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So far the score is 8 ports, 2 full fronts.
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I like the mirror finish so much I have them on every bass drum.

I happen to prefer it's tone to any other reso head and I am picky.

I lined up the Guru Logo with the Remo logo, applied it, then took off the Remo ink with acetone.

The Memphis drum shop logo would not come off at all. I buy my heads there because I like the logo.

But I would rather it not be there. I have Guru there because no one ever heard of that before.
Saw this pic and thought you might find it amusing..
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always a white reso for me, to contrast with wood. I like no logo, or just the drum maker. I actually don't mind the Remo logo.
No cymbals brands etc. (I also never put bumper stickers on cars either). I guess I'm boring - no decoration whatsoever!
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My logo head is ported because it's use is mostly for larger stages where promo / identity are bigger considerations. For smaller stages (even mic'd), I use a full reso head.

Happy with it - the logo really pops against the matt background, even under strong lighting.
Very cool creative design that works... nice job.
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I bought my first set of drums about 6 years ago (I play guitar) I put all new heads on it, tuned everything up, and started shopping for cymbals. Ran across a guy that was selling used gear out of a storage garage (CL ad) As soon as I walked in I saw the reso head I didn't know I was looking for---still sealed in the original plastic bag---$25---perfect for my all black drums!

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My latest kit had a plain white reso on it when I got it, and needed some sprucing up---Tattoo Skyn skulls coming up!

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It used to say Gretsch. Now it just says Remo.

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Plain Jane all day for me.

If I have a drum makers front head I'll use it but usually they just have the head makers logo.

I am quite partial to the old school shield with the initials on it. You can do that yourself if you have the stencils.
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I've had several kits with just a plain ported head on the front:

Here's my PDP kit. I'm still debating if I'm going to do anything with the front head on it. I guess it depends if I ever decide to gig with it.





Here is my plain-jane Basix kit. Although these sounded pretty good (100% birch), I hated the name AND the logo, so I never did anything with these:




For my Ludwig Centennials, I went from a plain black reso head to ordering a Ludwig sticker/decal off of EvilBay for about $5.

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After:


Here's a mock-up of something I'd like to do. The band I'm in plays Americana music. This is a shout-out to our local, now-defunct racetrack:



(FYI: We had a shout-out in the latest Cars Movie. If you look at the bottom right-hand corner of this, you'll see a blurry "North Wilkesboro Speedway" logo that matches my kick drum above.)




This one has my favorite story in behind it. Early spring 2003, I bought my Pork Pies at a steal. I wanted a logo head, so the following Christmas, my wife calls Pork Pie, and Bill Detamore answers the phone. Whenever she put in the order, he said, "I'll get started on it this afternoon." So needless to say, not only do I have a custom head that Pork Pie no longer makes, it was made by Bill himself.

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Pretty straight forward at my house. Just the drum company logo. A couple with ports, one without.
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Here's my bass drum head. The Remo Vintage shield. I even have the old school felt strip aligned with the vertical stripes.
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You don't mean the old band "the screamers" right?
No, it's a screaming face based off of an old CorelDraw! graphic my dad found years ago. I can't resize pics to the dimensions this forum wants yet, but when I do I'll post pics.
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I designed my own, and had it made through DrumART.com

They said that mine was one of the first drum heads made with their "new direct-to-drumhead printer."

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Here's my bass drum head. The Remo Vintage shield. I even have the old school felt strip aligned with the vertical stripes.
That's a really nice photo"bomb"bucket logo. :o
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My resos are pretty plain at the moment. My 2 Ludwig bass drums have white logo (script) heads. My Renown is the stock black logo head and my Cat Club jazz has a Fiberskyn with an offset Gretsch logo that I applied myself. That's my favorite. I trust I don't need to post pictures of all that as its fairly easy to imagine.
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