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Old 05-30-2007, 05:35 AM
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Default Evans J1 Etched - My Impressions

Well I got my set of Evans J1 Etched in the other day. I put them top and bottom on my 10 & 14 toms, and on my snare batter (I ordered 3 14's but they sent me 4 and charged me for 3. Woops!). I haven't had a ton of time to play lately but here are my initial impressions:

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This is the sound I've been looking for. I realized the beauty of a wide open, somewhat ringy tom. There are sensitivity, dynamics, nuiance, and musicality in it, for funk, jazz, and even rock. I have them tuned alittle higher than some might like I guess, and it works out great for me. Having the same head top and bottom adds alot of warmth and natural overtone control, and it makes tuning alot easier. It's a breeze to hear which head needs to be tweaked.

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Along with the J1 on the batter, I put on an Evans Hazy 200 on the reso. This is the thinnest head that Evans makes for snare side and I love it, even though it's technically marked as an orchestral head. It has a somewhat coated texture to it as well so it gives a more natural sound I think. I replaced my wires as well with Puresound Customs and this combo gives me alot of snare response and sensitivity, again with natural overtone control . It is the first head combo I've played in a while that has just the right amount of ringy. Pretty dry compared to the toms, but it fits really well. I have the snare tuned pretty high, almost fully cranked on both sides, and it has great crack to it, cross-stick, and rim shot ring depending on how you play it.

The heads have a softer feel to them on both the snare and the toms, so some people who like alot of rebound in the head may not like them, but again, something about it just seems more natural to me. The only negative I'll say about othem, and I think it has been mentioned a few times here, is that the heads mark REALLY easily. As soon as you hit the drum, a stick mark appears. It personally doesn't bother me, as it doesn't look the same as the coating flaking off of other drum heads or some heads that leave black marks. These marks kind of look clear, but they're not. It's hard to explain, so I'll try and get a picture. The heads look well played very quickly, but in a classy sort of way I think.

I'll try and get some pictures and maybe a video (as the best as my camera can do soundwise) of the heads. I've finally got my setup tweaked as well, so I'll post all that in another thread soon.
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:30 AM
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Default Re: Evans J1 Etched - My Impressions

I've only seen a J1 on a snare which wasn't too bad. The drum was but the head sort of saved it. They just give me a weird feeling being textured and all--like the Renaissance heads.
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:31 AM
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I've only seen a J1 on a snare which wasn't too bad. The drum was but the head sort of saved it. They just give me a weird feeling being textured and all--like the Renaissance heads.
Yeah it is different compared to coated, but I actually prefer them atleast to Evans "frosted" coated heads like the EC1's & 2's.
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:18 AM
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So is the J1 similar to the Renaissance? I have a Renaissance head for my Radio King and it is pretty cool. I might try something different for it though.

I'm trying to imagine in my head what it would sound like to have coated heads on both sides of the toms. Very warm and round I imagine. Do you think it makes them too much in the low mid range (EQ wise)?
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:15 AM
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A picture would be cool, but I think Ive seen a recent DW pedals advert where Peter Erskine's kit has J1's on it, and they look really well played.
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Old 06-07-2007, 03:34 PM
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A picture would be cool, but I think Ive seen a recent DW pedals advert where Peter Erskine's kit has J1's on it, and they look really well played.
In my signature there is a link to a thread about my setup and you can see the heads, but it's hard to see the marks in the picture. I may have to take another.
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:49 PM
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Default Re: Evans J1 Etched - My Impressions

Te J1s are not as DARK sounding as the Renaissance Remos. The remos are mellower in some ways.

BTW, thanks for the intitial post. Im digging my Aquarian Modern Vintage for now but....Ive been thinking about a more open ringy sound and the J1s are on my list....I just wish they made an 18" bass drum head as well....dont know why they dont.

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Old 06-07-2007, 04:52 PM
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So how do they rate in comparision to fiberskyn?

Im guessing they are a alot less warm and more ringy and more sustain.

Whats the ring like? A lot of midrange or more sharp high end ring?
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:27 PM
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double post..........:(
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