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Old 10-13-2009, 08:17 PM
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Ok my first set of drums is on the way and I know that I will be replacing the heads fairly quickly, but looking for advice. Drums are Mapex Pro M's. I am just learning but would like to play a variety of music (Jazz, Country, Classic Rock). The sound I love is the that open throaty sound (my own desription). The sound is I have always liked was the drum sounds in "That Thing You Do" especially the drum solo by the drummer at the "Blue Spot". I know this might be vague so any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:20 AM
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Ok my first set of drums is on the way and I know that I will be replacing the heads fairly quickly, but looking for advice. Drums are Mapex Pro M's. I am just learning but would like to play a variety of music (Jazz, Country, Classic Rock). The sound I love is the that open throaty sound (my own desription). The sound is I have always liked was the drum sounds in "That Thing You Do" especially the drum solo by the drummer at the "Blue Spot". I know this might be vague so any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
If you're going to be playing styles of music that don't require you to slam the heads, probably a good combo for you would be coated Ambassadors or G1s on the tom batters with clear versions on the bottoms. Tune the top and bottom heads as closely together as you can.

Snare will probably work very well with the same head combo, and then tune to taste. For jazz you would probably want a higher pitch; for country and classic rock go for a medium tuning to get some bottom thwack in there.

Bass is to taste. Most sets from beginner to pro come with some sort of useable pre-muffled or ring controlled head, the question then is to muffle or not to muffle any further. A small pillow or a bit of foam just touching the batter head, with the front head tuned somewhat low, will make a good tradeoff between thump and boom. But bass drums are one of those things you really have to play with to get what you want out of it.

Welcome aboard, have fun, and good luck!
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:17 AM
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I'll second Alparrott's suggestion of coated ambassadors (or G1's...similar heads diff brands) over the clear version for reso's. Personally I use emp's (coated or clear depending on my mood when swapping over heads) over clear ambs, but it took me quite a while to settle with this combo.
As a starting point, I think the ambassador's (or G1's) are a better way to go as they will tend to provide a wider tuning range and allow a little more flexibility for you to find that 'open, throaty' sound which you're seeking.

Also agree with a pre-muffled BD head and small pillow opposed to 30 blankets too.

Good luck mate.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:16 PM
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Thanks for the help. I will give the ambassador's a try.
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