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Old 11-27-2008, 04:31 AM
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Default what makes Aquarian heads special?

i've never seen this up close or heard them...

how are these heads different from Remo and Evans?
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Old 11-27-2008, 04:34 AM
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All the aquarian heads I tried are warmer and slower responding compared to Evans and remo.

It's the collar design and the way the film contacts the bearing edge.

Aquarians do sound nice in some applications, but they are not my cup of tea.
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:17 AM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

What makes Aquarian Heads so special is the way Aquarian makes them, the engineering, the components used, the people behind it and the customer services they offer.

Every Aquarian heads used the same Safe T-Loc hoops and epoxy. When you take any Aquarian head out of the box and you try the tap test, you will hear immediately a tone, it help achieving easier tuning and retain it longer. Their coating is one of the toughest if not the toughest. Any problem with any of them head, call or email them and you will be immediately taken care of.

Finally those heads help me being different and having my own personal sound at a cost less than Evans & Remo.
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Old 11-27-2008, 03:28 PM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

The imaginations of some drummers.
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:26 PM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

I have only use the SKII bass drum heads, but I love the thump. No pillow required either!
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:51 PM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

Cuz this is the age of Aquarius, dude. They harmonize your chi with the universe.

Seriously, just try one of their single ply "Texture Coated" batter heads on your snare, then you'll have the answer to your question, Grasshopper.
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Old 11-27-2008, 07:45 PM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

In Canada the price used to make them special. They are a great sounding quality head for so much cheaper than the big 2.

Thatís all changed recently and these are now more expensive the Remo or EvensÖ
Sorry Aquarian but all Iíll buy now are the Super Kick heads and Iím happy to pay more for these!
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Old 11-27-2008, 08:02 PM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

I'm mainly a Remo guy myself, but I do use Aquarian Kick Pads, Port Holes, and Studio Rings. (mainly becuase my local music store doesn't stock the Remo equivalents of those products)

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Old 11-27-2008, 09:02 PM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

I've wanted a set of aquarians for a while
but they're too expensive
I've played on them and their tone blows away evans and remo
especially their bass heads which I have one on my batter
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:46 AM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

^ Interesting.

Aquarian are the cheapest heads I offer at work. Both Evans and Remo are more expensive here.

I like Aquarian because of the collars. They are larger and more rigid than the Evans/Remo counterparts, and I guess that has an effect in ease of tuning.

I notice that when I have a cheap kit to reskin which is unwilling to be tuned, the Aquarians can normally fix the problem without too much messing around.
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:01 AM
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^ Interesting.

Aquarian are the cheapest heads I offer at work. Both Evans and Remo are more expensive here.

I like Aquarian because of the collars. They are larger and more rigid than the Evans/Remo counterparts, and I guess that has an effect in ease of tuning.

I notice that when I have a cheap kit to reskin which is unwilling to be tuned, the Aquarians can normally fix the problem without too much messing around.
This is likely only a problem local to Canada. The music stores here used to deal direct with Aquarian cutting out the distributor and resulted in a great deal for the end user.
Now there is a new Canadian distributor (MIDC) and they must be doing well. 6 months ago a 22 inch SK1 was about 35 canadian. Itís now 68 for the same head!
Iíll pay for the Super kicks but none others after a 100% price increase!
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:21 AM
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I've wanted a set of aquarians for a while
I've played on them and their tone blows away evans and remo
especially their bass heads which I have one on my batter
Everyone here thinks the emad and evans ec heads blow away the aquarians they replaced on the chapel kit here. The kick was a huge improvement over the SK in terms of retaining the depth, but with superior punch.

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Old 11-28-2008, 03:23 AM
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Everyone here thinks the emad and evans ec heads blow away the aquarians they replaced on the chapel kit here. The kick was a huge improvement over the SK in terms of retaining the depth, but with superior punch.

YMMV
Yeah, but acoustics in the room is everything. My superkick sounded terrible on my bass drum, so I turned my drumset around, and it sounded like a brand new head.
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:28 AM
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Yeah, but acoustics in the room is everything. My superkick sounded terrible on my bass drum, so I turned my drumset around, and it sounded like a brand new head.
Exactly the point!

Room acoustics and kit differences change everything. What may sound aces in one situation may pound sand in another.

I like Aquarian, just not for all applications. They sounded great on a yamaha maple custom kit used for an Air Force R&B band. I would not have changed them for anything.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:34 PM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

Im glad I found this thread, although I don't frequent the forum more as I should :)

I have been using Aquarian's for almost 8 years now. I was a Remo user before that, ever since I first started playing (86ish). I thought of going a different route this time around as the batter sides on my toms need replacing, and I haven't changed the bottoms on my Tama Rockstar Custom set since I bought them in 2000 (yikes), but I think I will just stay with the Aquarians. I haven't had any complaints with mine. Theyre easy to tune, respond well, and have a great tone...
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Old 12-02-2008, 04:50 PM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

Aquarian heads are special because its a non-Remo or Evans head company, that is still good.
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Old 12-02-2008, 05:31 PM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

To my ear, Remo's coated heads sound better when they're new, but Aquarian's coated heads are more consistent. The coating wears very evenly and it's super durable. I'm a Remo user, and I'll keep using them (on toms and snare, at least) for the sound I get, but I must give credit where credit is due: Aquarian makes really good heads! The Super Kick is my favorite bass head, bar none.
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Old 12-02-2008, 05:59 PM
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Your comment means.... what?
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:54 PM
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Nothing to argue ;-)
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In my opinion, here is what makes Aquarian heads special:

1. They have durable coated
2. There easy to tune
3. They have great tone
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:23 AM
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In my opinion, here is what makes Aquarian heads special:

1. They have durable coated
2. There easy to tune
3. They have great tone
4 they stay in tune (longer than the others)

5 last longer than the others

6 more consistant than Remo will ever be. (Evans comes in 2nd place, to be fair)
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:58 AM
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4 they stay in tune (longer than the others)

5 last longer than the others

6 more consistant than Remo will ever be. (Evans comes in 2nd place, to be fair)
7. They look cooler, with the black rings around them.
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7. They look cooler, with the black rings around them.
Not all of them come with black rings around them.
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:17 AM
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They make EXCELLENT heads for jazz sounds--mainly the coated Aquarian Modern Vintage medium heads. They tune up and sound nicer than Remo coated Ambassadors. The coated Jack DeJohnette heads are nice, too.

And I agree with the comments about the Superkick bass drum heads: the Superkick I, II, and III heads sound fantastic on bass drums, and no muffling, pillows, nada, is needed inside the drum!

Remo and Evans still make good heads, of course, but I've come to see Aquarians as the jazz head of choice.
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:23 AM
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I have an aquarian for my snare batter head( hi-energy), and I like to crank it real tight. Even though Chris Adler has a black panther snare, and i have a ludwig, my snare sounds really similiar to his.
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:39 AM
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And IMO they're the best
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:01 PM
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I think I'll be trying Aquarian next.............my hazy side 300 from Evans lasted 2 months.............it ripped out while tightening the lugs...........and I didn't crank it any higher than I normally do. =(
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:14 PM
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I have an aquarian for my snare batter head( hi-energy), and I like to crank it real tight. Even though Chris Adler has a black panther snare, and i have a ludwig, my snare sounds really similiar to his.
The Hi - Energy head is an incredible head. I have been using them for about 3 years now and usually average about 1 head a year. They last a long time.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:35 AM
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Default Re: what makes Aquarian heads special?

What do you guys think about the Force I and Force IIs?
I'm thinking about trying them...

also, what would you guys use on toms?
Currently I have some Response IIs on batter and thinking about using Hi-Freq, what would u use for resonant?

and lastly what about snare resonant ?

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Old 12-08-2008, 02:12 AM
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Never tried the Force 1 or 2. For the bottoms, Classic Clears work best in most situations.
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Never tried the Force 1 or 2. For the bottoms, Classic Clears work best in most situations.
I have the coated Full Force series on my bass drum batter and with felt beater you get that round open jazz sound. Very nice head if you want my opinion.
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:48 AM
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4 they stay in tune (longer than the others)

5 last longer than the others

6 more consistant than Remo will ever be. (Evans comes in 2nd place, to be fair)
To inject a bit more objectivity here:

1. They stay in tune (longer than the others)
A. This is a function of lug tension, and a drumhead not "stretching out." This is loaded with variables, especially 2 ply vs 1 ply. So "staying in tune" is also variable on each kit, per lug/tension rod they use. Lug locks keep anything in tune until it stretches out.

2. Last longer than the others
A. This is debateable. 2-ply generally last a very long time, especially if not brutallized at a high tom angle. The new z-100 coating is definately more durable than any remo coating I have tried. But the Evans coating seems to be just as durable. And given that the mylar film is the same, the durability is the same.

More consistant than Remo will ever be. (Evans comes in 2nd place, to be fair)
The remo part, I agree wholeheartedly. Remo and consistancy are terms that should not be seen in the same sentence. I have had *zero* issues with Evans since the 80's, so I'd say the consistancy is equal to Aquarian, not second. I have not seen a definative study that places Aquarian in the #1 spot, -However- at least on a nonscientific/anecdotal basis, I can say I am unimpressed by the number of bad remo drumheads I have gotten.
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Old 12-09-2008, 12:53 AM
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INNOVATION AND CUSTOMER SERVICE! Aquarian products are always better than Remo's IMO. Evans come very close though. The real thing about Aquarian is Mr. Roy Burns. Best company man ever.
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INNOVATION AND CUSTOMER SERVICE! Aquarian products are always better than Remo's IMO. Evans come very close though. The real thing about Aquarian is Mr. Roy Burns. Best company man ever.
Completely 100% agree !
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Completely 100% agree !
Yep. Same here. I just wish the stores around me would stock ALL if their heads instead of a select few such as Super Kicks and Hi Energy heads.
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:11 AM
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The fact that you have to order them in unless at a major store in a capital city...

I've used Remo, Evans, Aquarian and even Attack heads; pinstripes, studio-x's, g2s, g1s, emperors, classic clears... do you know what head I keep coming back to?
Remo Coated Ambassador.

..and for the record, I've never had a remo head that didn't tune up as easily as any other head. I tend to find I can tune ambassadors lower AND higher then their equivalent heads from other brands, and I get pretty damn good mileage out of them.

maybe I'll give aquarian another try someday soon.
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:29 AM
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Yeah. I know. Remo single plies have never been a problem for me. It's the 2 ply guys which is what I use 95 % of the time.
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Yeah. I know. Remo single plies have never been a problem for me. It's the 2 ply guys which is what I use 95 % of the time.
Yes that is the caveat. I can't say that single ply remo have given me issues, its the emperors, pinstripes and other 2-ply heads. It has to do with the way two-ply are assembled. Maybe the layers are not properly fitted or bonded. But a tap test on the two ply often gets a few heads out of 10 that are bad.

Aquarian and Evans have a system that results in very consistant 2-ply heads.
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I don't know what you guys are smoking, but I have never had a problem with a remo 2 ply head, except for a powersonic head problem when the dampening ring was peeling off, but Remo replaced it immediately no questions asked, didn't have to send them a receipt or even the head, it was very good service, so cut them some slack.
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I don't know what you guys are smoking, but I have never had a problem with a remo 2 ply head, except for a powersonic head problem when the dampening ring was peeling off, but Remo replaced it immediately no questions asked, didn't have to send them a receipt or even the head, it was very good service, so cut them some slack.
I don't do drugs myself, it's not allowed under military law. Seems to me, after a couple decades I have messed with enough of them to ascertain they do have issues.

I ran across a thread somewhere where Bermuda addresses this issue and says basically the same thing about Remo. There are additional threads I found on a search.

The powersonic IMO, are flat-out junk. Worst new drumhead of the year.
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