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Old 02-03-2008, 08:57 AM
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Default Mapex Pro-M heads

Hello all, I need some advice on new heads for my kit. I have a Mapex Pro-M studio kit + 2nd BD + 18" floor tom, giving me a layout of:

2x 22" BD
18" Floor tom
16" Floor tom
14", 12", 10" rack toms
14" Pro-M snare
13" Black Panther cherry snare

I bought the kit in November and it's about time to change out the stock heads, which weren't really too bad. I'm going into the studio in about 2 weeks and shoudl eb scheduled for some shows soon thereafter, and would like some good advice on new heads for all of the drums (except for the BDs, on which I have the Aquarian ported Regulator res/Super Kick II batter combo). I play progressive death metal and I like that rich, powerful sound a la Lamb of God & Opeth.

I know a little about drum heads, but not much and could really use some good suggestions on batter and res heads for the toms and snares. For my main snare (the Pro-M), I like the big kinda boomy sound it has and the Black Panther lends itself naturally to a high, dry pop. As far as the toms, I want them to project nicely, but also have articulation, so that more complex patterns don't get lost in the mire. I almost always use the 16" and 18" together for hard pounding, but still I also roll all the way up and down the toms too.

I'm not entirely opposed to switching the head son my BDs, if anyone has a really good reason for me to do so.

So, any ideas? I really want the best sound I can get out of my maple. ;->

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Old 02-03-2008, 03:52 PM
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Default Re: Mapex Pro-M heads

This may give you a good description on Head Comparison.
There also is a Video that Roy Burns plays Different heads on a 14" Tom it allows you to hear the different sounds, not sure where that is on the Aquarian site but worth watching.

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Old 02-03-2008, 06:13 PM
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This may give you a good description on Head Comparison.
There also is a Video that Roy Burns plays Different heads on a 14" Tom it allows you to hear the different sounds, not sure where that is on the Aquarian site but worth watching.

Hope this helps.
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It's not available on the web site...

http://www.youtube.com/watch.php?v=5XmylwcLrNk

If you dig the double-thin then this series doesn't exist anymore but the good new is they were replaced by the Super-2.
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:43 PM
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Default Re: Mapex Pro-M heads

coated ambassador for snare(s).
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:20 PM
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Good Job finding that video Mind Drummer!!!
Thank you.

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Old 02-04-2008, 01:05 AM
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Default Re: Mapex Pro-M heads

Im a professional drummer and have used my pro-m kits for numerous concerts and the;y are great....HOWEVER...those heads they come with are not pro heads...

I think ANY professional head TOP and BOTTOM will vastly improve your sound

Evans, Remo, Aquarian...

Currently I have Aquarian Texture Coated heads on my kit and I love them.....

But Remo Ambassadors, Evans G1 Clears, coated, and Fiberskyns will sound great too...

Pro-Ms are the best drum deal on the market.....a real sleeper
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:37 PM
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Default Re: Mapex Pro-M heads

I have had two sets of good sounding heads for my Pro-M. The first was Fiberskyn Ambassadors/Clear Ambassador. Nice warm, open sound but not a lot of attack. After I got my second kit, I decided to make my Mapex a more modern sounding one. I just got Evans EC2 Clear/G1 Clear and a Emad2/EQ1 Coated. Wonderful sounding. My toms although shallow (studio config) now sound deep but balanced. The EC2s provide that deeper tone but don't muffle the drums like Pinstripes and such. They are also sensitive (rare for 2ply) The EMAD2 is amazing as well. I've got it set for a nice, low pitched boom with a med. short sustain. Two years ago I had g2 coated/genera res with an Emad on the bass and hated the whole set-up. But now, with these new ones I love it. These new EC heads are expensive but worth it.
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:43 PM
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Default Re: Mapex Pro-M heads

Cool, thanks for the input everyone! And especially for the links. I've gone ahead and put the Evans G2 coated on my toms. By the time I was done, i didn't have much time to try them out, so we'll see after the next band practice, but the little i did play was very articulated and crisp, which I love. I'll update this post with my observations later this week.

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Old 02-04-2008, 10:54 PM
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This has probably been said already but the stocks heads with the Pro-Ms are not something to be desired. The chinese "Remo" UT heads are just cheaper knock offs of the real Remo Amb heads. Any good quality Remo, Evans, or Aquarian head will really improve the sound of your maple shells.
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:57 PM
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This has probably been said already but the stocks heads with the Pro-Ms are not something to be desired. The chinese "Remo" UT heads are just cheaper knock offs of the real Remo Amb heads. Any good quality Remo, Evans, or Aquarian head will really improve the sound of your maple shells.
Definitely agree with you Shane. Also, dunno if you happen to recognize that set, but I actually bought it from you guys last November. ;-> And LOVE it!
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:53 AM
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Don't forget about 60% of the sound comes from the bottom head so if you like the way your drums sound now I would consider replacing the bottom ones also.
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Old 02-05-2008, 12:49 PM
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Definitely agree with you Shane. Also, dunno if you happen to recognize that set, but I actually bought it from you guys last November. ;-> And LOVE it!
Schweeeet!! Awesome - looks great. Glad we worked out the BD thing. Glad you love it.
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Old 02-06-2008, 05:31 AM
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Schweeeet!! Awesome - looks great. Glad we worked out the BD thing. Glad you love it.
Absolutely! Really, you were exceptional. Makes me wonder why anyone would go elsewhere... And despite Mapex's *ahem* leisurely response to the problem, it all worked out and I literally can't look at my set without saying "damn! thats a beautiful f@ckin set!"
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