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Old 01-04-2009, 06:45 PM
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Default I want a jazz sound--help!

I want to try and get a clear jazz sound (and not much sustain) out of my Pacific FX set. Any suggestions for drum heads? Should they be different on the top and bottom? What might I do about the snare and bass drum? I used to have a mid-70s Slingerland set with no bottom heads, so I don't know much about this stuff.

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Old 01-05-2009, 01:30 PM
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Default Re: I want a jazz sound--help!

Standard jazz kit is coated Ambassadors over clears. (Some like Fiberskyns.)

Tune highish, with the resos higher than the batters.

Also, see Wavelength's post in this thread.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:27 AM
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Default Re: I want a jazz sound--help!

Originally Posted by drumtechdad View Post
with the resos higher than the batters.
Yep that will cut the sustain (too bad;)).
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:29 PM
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Default Re: I want a jazz sound--help!

Fiberskyn Ambassador heads have a shorter sustain with a nice warm round sound. Fiberskyn diplomats are a bit more open. Nothing wrong with classic Coated Ambassadors though. I would suggest the same heads all around for a nice even sound.
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Old 01-23-2009, 02:54 AM
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Default Re: I want a jazz sound--help!

John Riley here.

Hi Guys - I agree with all the suggestions made so far. Regardless of which combination of heads, it's crucial that each head is perfectly in tune with itself. I find pre 90's drums have less sustain than newer drums because the shells are less true so, with older drums, tune both heads to exactly the same pitch to get a clear tone and maximum sustain. Newer drums are truer and naturally ring more so tune the bottom head higher - I tune my bottom heads a minor 3rd higher - for a pleasing tone and nice, round sustain.

Hope this helps, John
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