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Old 06-04-2008, 09:57 PM
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Default Ideal snare head

I need to put a new snare head on my 13 by 4 solid-shell ironwood beauty. I don't know too much about snare heads so I'd like some guidance from you all. I've been a Remo loyalist but I'm willing to consider anything. I now have a coated Powerstroke 3, with the ring and dot in the center and foam dots on the edges to further dampen.

This is what I need: A head that controls ring, something thicker. Ambassadors are too thin. A dampening ring is okay. I do not want something with a dot in the center (unless it's on the inside of the head) as brushes tend to snag under the dot and pull it up. I don't want a Fiberskyn as Fiberskyn on a snare head tends to delaminate and bubble up, also snagging the brush. I prefer coated as I don't like to see inside the drum.

This is what I don't need: Something extra-loud or super-durable. I'm not a hard hitter and I use light sticks. Price is not an issue.

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Old 06-04-2008, 10:06 PM
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Might try an Aquarian Hi Energy.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:37 PM
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Might try an Aquarian Hi Energy.
Great head I use it myself but it had got a dot in the center and its pretty smooth so it may not be great with brushes.
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:48 PM
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If it's got a dot in the center I can't use it - I wonder how anybody uses brushes with such a head. Why don't the put the dots on the bottom side of the head I wonder? Does anybody do that with heads?

I've played some hydraulic heads and I like the extreme dampening. Does anybody make a coated hydraulic head?
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:14 AM
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Well evans makes a head that has the dot on the bottom the EC power cnt revers dot


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Old 06-05-2008, 12:44 AM
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Evans also has the the Genera Dry, which is coated, and has a muffling ring. I have it on my steel snare, but I think it would truly shine on something made of wood, it's got a nice warm sound to it.
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Emperor X sounds perfect for you - it is thicker than an ambassador, and the dot is on the underside.
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Evans also has the the Genera Dry, which is coated, and has a muffling ring. I have it on my steel snare, but I think it would truly shine on something made of wood, it's got a nice warm sound to it.
I swear by this head. I won't use anything else.
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:14 AM
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Remo Emperor X, it has a dot, but on the bottom, fits the qualities you spoke of too.
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:20 AM
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Yeah, Evans HD Dry sounds like what you are looking for. I have one on my 13" piccolo snare and it sounds awesome. I can tune it for any style of music. The coating is also very thick so it works well with brushes.
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This is what I need: A head that controls ring, something thicker. Ambassadors are too thin. A dampening ring is okay. I do not want something with a dot in the center (unless it's on the inside of the head) as brushes tend to snag under the dot and pull it up. I don't want a Fiberskyn as Fiberskyn on a snare head tends to delaminate and bubble up, also snagging the brush. I prefer coated as I don't like to see inside the drum.

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Hey DMC!

How are things in the Gem state? I have got to come to Idaho someday - I hear it is beautiful! What I haven't seen is someone suggesting the Remo Powerstroke 4 - a 2 ply head with dampening ring and it even comes in the coated version. If you have no luck locally, try interstatemusic - 1-800-in-a-band and part number DH29014.

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Old 07-02-2008, 07:46 PM
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Hey DMC!

How are things in the Gem state? I have got to come to Idaho someday - I hear it is beautiful! What I haven't seen is someone suggesting the Remo Powerstroke 4 - a 2 ply head with dampening ring and it even comes in the coated version. If you have no luck locally, try interstatemusic - 1-800-in-a-band and part number DH29014.

Mike
Skitch, I'd love to have you come by. I've met one other member here, Zambizzi, who also lives in Boise.

After reading all your posts and consulting the music store, I went with the pope's and Ironcobra's advice and got the Evans Genera dry, with the muffling ring and little holes drilled around the outside.

I've played it a bit and HOLY COW is it dry. I get a great tight, snappy woody sound without losing body or crack. The ironwood is so dense on my snare that it approaches metal or plastic, just with the warmth of wood, so I need heavy-duty dryness. The coating is very thick and rough and gives great brush sound.

I've never purchased anything in my life except Remo and I have to say I'm impressed with the Evans.
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:59 PM
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From your description of what you want, I had one image popping into my head and it was the image of my Aquarian coated Studio-X head. Exactly what you're looking for.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:24 PM
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I have been using the Evans Genera dry for a couple of weeks and I love the sound. However, it seems like this head is not particularly durable. It already has a number of dents in it and I'm not a particularly hard hitter. It seems like to get the sensitivity of a thin head and the dryness of a thick head, they used a thin coated head and dampen the sound with the tonal ring and venting holes. Is there something that has the qualities of th Genera, but is maybe a bit more durable?
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Evans makes a two ply head called the Genera Dry HD. That ought to do it.

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A Remo Vintage A or Suede Emperor might suit you well.
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:44 AM
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Remo Vintage A. I was going to recommend the fibreskin head before I saw that you didn't want to use it haha.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:10 PM
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Evans makes a two ply head called the Genera Dry HD. That ought to do it.

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That sounds like what I need.

Thanks to everyone here for your advice. I don't change heads that often, maybe once every few years, so I'm not as up to speed on heads and I like that I can come here and get a lot of informed opinions.
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