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Old 12-05-2014, 10:24 AM
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Default Really digging my new Clear Remo Emperors

So I was a bit nervous throwing some new heads on my Ludwigs. I have been rocking the tried and true Coated White Emperor heads over Clear Ambassadors. But I wanted to see how the Clears might open the drums up a bit.

For what I am doing, I like the change a lot. Many of the places my band plays, we have little to no PA support, so I like my drums to sing as much as possible. I suppose no surprises here. The coated seem a bit softer or warmer overall. And the clear heads seem to open up just a little bit more and have slightly more presence in the attack. Granted, these are large drums. 14x10, 16x16, 26x14, so, I suppose it might be hard to see how they could NOT have attack when played hard.

But they feel pretty good too! I don't tune for too much for optimum near field sound. I like them a bit higher and don't mind if they ring a bit. I really like the relationship that The Remo Emp/Amb have with these beautiful sounding drums.

I might be interested in checking out some black dot heads somewhere down the line, but I am very happy with the way things sound now.
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:46 PM
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Default Re: Really digging my new Clear Remo Emperors

I liked clear Emperors on some of my old kits that had more toms. The definition was good for more melodic fills.

I'm a Coated Vintage Emperor over Coated Ambassador guy. To me ,it is just the classic tone. 26/14/16/18 just screams for them ,IMO . However,I am thinking about CS over CS for the next head change on my other kit.


I love your kit .
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:29 PM
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Thanks man. Cool. I haven't tried the vintage Emperors yet. That might be on my to do list. So you are thinking about going Tony Williams style? Isn't that what he uses?
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:22 AM
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Default Re: Really digging my new Clear Remo Emperors

Yep....but I can't really call him an influence . I am but a simple caveman. I used CS over CS ,for a bit, when I was a kid. I have just been feeling nostalgic for that sound.

I have been planning this for a while. I just don't use that kit often and the heads don't have a mark on them. I'm not going to change them until they NEED them.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:16 AM
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Yep....but I can't really call him an influence . I am but a simple caveman. I used CS over CS ,for a bit, when I was a kid. I have just been feeling nostalgic for that sound.

I have been planning this for a while. I just don't use that kit often and the heads don't have a mark on them. I'm not going to change them until they NEED them.
I hear you. If it aint broke, don't fix it.

I am just glad to have found a perfect combination of Ludwig Classic Maples, Remo Emp/Amb, and tuning that make me very happy.

btw, What kind of bass drum case are you using/ I have been using a Protection Racket soft case and really dig it for what I do. I was just wondering what, if any hard cases people use for the 26x14" kicks.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:57 AM
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Just noticed that this thread is totally full of bull(s).

That's all...carry on.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:02 PM
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I was just wondering what, if any hard cases people use for the 26x14" kicks.
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:18 PM
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Yeah James, be careful where you step. LOL.

And thanks Bull
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Old 12-09-2014, 04:41 AM
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Default Re: Really digging my new Clear Remo Emperors

That kit is seriously insane. Love the pics!

I'm still doing CA's over CA's. They sing really well, and fat (but still clean) on my Mach lug kits. I dig Clear Emps over Clear Amb though.
The Classic lug kit is a little more open, and CS heads work on them pretty well. The 13 just needs to be tuned lower than I really like to get enough length on it.
A 14 would be easy though. 10x14 has THE sound.

I've used an Enduro for ages, but wondering if I should use a soft case, just for the sake of less weight. The Enduro is easy, and indestructible and I don't worry about the drum, but it's pretty heavy. Just getting old hahaha!
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:15 AM
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Thanks Karl. I am really digging the kit myself. Thanks for all the good advice I got from you guys when I was putting it together. My smaller size drum kits just don't feel the same now.

I was wondering because I saw a band who's drummer was using a huge (I think marching drum) case. I have been doing very well with a Protection Racket 26x14" case. It is a bit tight with the curved spurs pushed in, but it makes it. It is super handy because it has a handle to carry one handed if you are so inclined, and two recessed fold-type handles at the top to carry it easily through doors and whatnot. I was just wondering what type of cases you all use. Granted, I am not all over the place and I am the main person moving my gear in and out of the van.

Also, I would have to imagine that the Elite spurs would be more conducive to packing things away easier than curved spurs. It's not that big a deal, but they fight a bit when I am trying to squeeze them into my soft case.
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