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Old 10-23-2014, 01:51 AM
FreDrummer FreDrummer is offline
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Default Amazon drum head pricing...

As an avid Amazon Prime junkie, I have to say, their pricing on drumheads can be fickle, to say the least (downright "weird" might be a better description). I realize that, in today's internet retail environment, prices can change hourly, or maybe even by the minute. I wonder if I, as a loyal Prime customer, may even be seeing a different price at a given moment than what someone else is seeing. In any event, the point of my post is:

There can be some KILLER deals on Amazon if your willing to check in every so often and browse your favorite heads!

A few case-in-point examples:
1. On Monday, I was looking for a new reso head for my 24" bass. Because I had re-wrapped it in a white pearl wrap, I wanted a white reso to replace the Fibreskyn I had on there. I saw a white Remo Ambassador Suede for $16 and an Aquarian Classic Clear (although the desription in the ad said gloss white) for $21 (we're talking 24" bass heads here, folks!). I opted for the Aquarian -- it arrived today. Exactly what I wanted, a 10 mil single ply gloss white. Today, just for kicks, I looked for the same thing...the Aquarian is no longer available and the SAME Remo head is $45!

2. The aforementioned Remo Fibreskyn (which I'm replacing). It's actually a Powerstroke 3 Fibreskyn. I scored it for $19 a few months ago. It's still available for that price,but here's the catch: in the description,it's listed as a "Fibreskyn Powerstroke3 Diplomat," BUT, in the description, it says it is an Ambassador 10-mil head. It was that way when I ordered it, too, and it was, in fact, the 10mil Powerstroke 3 Fibrskyn I wanted.

3. I picked up a tom-pack (12,13,16) of Evans G12's for $28. Typical price is $38-42.

The point is, if you're willing to put in a little "leg-work," there's some good deals out there. However, you're better off searching for heads you like on a routine basis rather than going in at the last minute (i.e. I need new heads for this Saturday's gig). All of the heads I've ordered on Amazon have been in good shape. Some have questioned the packagaing -- today's Aquarian arrived in the basic Aquarian cardboard you'd see in a music store and nothing else -- but I have not had any problems (I've probably bought 15-20 heads on Amazon to date). I just wanted to share this with those trying to save a little coin and to generate discussion of other people's experiences.
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:42 PM
bonerpizza bonerpizza is offline
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Default Re: Amazon drum head pricing...

I'm not an Amazon Prime user but I've noticed the same thing.

I needed new heads for a vintage Slingerland marching bass drum I recently bought, I got an Aquarian Impact 1 for $20 (listed at $42 now) and an Aquarian Force 1 for $15 (listed at $68 now) through Amazon.

Buying heads for a 26 inch kick drum should have cost me close to $100, I'm keeping my eye on Amazon from now on!!
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