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Old 08-07-2011, 02:38 PM
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Hello All, Rick Drumm here. I am the president of D'Addario & Co. which owns and manufactures Evans Drumheads and Pro-Mark drumsticks. I've been on and off the Drummerworld forum for about 18 months and would like to hear from you and talk about heads and sticks. I am a drummer and through my music industry career I have also been the director of marketing for Remo and for nine years was president of Vic Firth. All are great companies that make great products and have great people working for them. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:31 PM
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Hi Rick! Huge fan of Pro-Mark Sticks, currently inbetween DC9, Abe Cunningham signatures and Zildjian Mike Mangini signature sticks. Can't decide between these 3, but i'm leaning towards the Mangini's, because they are sized like a 5A, longer (like the abe signatures) but heavy like the DC9's! - I Also use Firth MS4's for my practice pad (love them!)

Not the biggest fan of Evans heads however, I think Evans ideas are great! (emad, ec2 etc) as well as the Puresound wire ideas (actually i'll have to thank puresound, they were the only company i could find that make the snare strand for my 70's imperial star snare drum.), but over here in Australia I last herd there was some issue with the distributer? Or at least with my local shop. I've liked remo's sound, but i've found their coating lasts about as long as my concentration span for 1 practice session (somewhere between 2 and 4 hours). Seeing as i've only really encountered Evans briefly on friends kits i've can't really make a decision, but i've heard their coating is great, but the actual tone doesn't last as long.

So i now use aquarian drum heads, and i've found their coating and tone lasts much longer than my experiences with Remo, and i also really like aquarians ideas with drum heads, especially with stuff like the super kick and their "vented" muffle ring on heads such as Focus-X. I also like their Hi Energy heads, and studio X heads. I'm also currently debating whether to put super2's on my starclassic, but i'm unsure to how they sound.

I also use RMV heads (From brazil) on my practice kit - just because they are really cheap for a relatively good sounding head, and its just for practice too.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:42 PM
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Hi Rick! Huge fan of Pro-Mark Sticks, currently inbetween DC9, Abe Cunningham signatures and Zildjian Mike Mangini signature sticks. Can't decide between these 3, but i'm leaning towards the Mangini's, because they are sized like a 5A, longer (like the abe signatures) but heavy like the DC9's! - I Also use Firth MS4's for my practice pad (love them!)

Not the biggest fan of Evans heads however, I think Evans ideas are great! (emad, ec2 etc) as well as the Puresound wire ideas (actually i'll have to thank puresound, they were the only company i could find that make the snare strand for my 70's imperial star snare drum.), but over here in Australia I last herd there was some issue with the distributer? Or at least with my local shop. I've liked remo's sound, but i've found their coating lasts about as long as my concentration span for 1 practice session (somewhere between 2 and 4 hours). Seeing as i've only really encountered Evans briefly on friends kits i've can't really make a decision, but i've heard their coating is great, but the actual tone doesn't last as long.

So i now use aquarian drum heads, and i've found their coating and tone lasts much longer than my experiences with Remo, and i also really like aquarians ideas with drum heads, especially with stuff like the super kick and their "vented" muffle ring on heads such as Focus-X.
Thanks for supporting Pro-Mark. Let me bring you up-to-date on a couple of things. There have been many exciting changes in both product designs and quality at both Pro-Mark and Evans. We have made some changes to the design of the Evans collars that are extending the tuning range of the head. The design change also helps to extend the life of the head. You will see more about that over the next year. We acquired Pro-Mark in January of this year and have made a number of improvements in the manufacturing process as well as improving the quality of the wood supply. Pro-Mark owns its own sawmill in Tennessee. Regarding the distribution in Australia. D'Addario opened its wholly owned distribution center outside of Melbourne this past week. You will see greater availabiltiy of all Evans and Pro-Mark products.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:46 PM
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Hi Rick. Since you are the "horse's mouth" there at Evans, I wanted to know, if you are permitted to answer...I am assuming you don't manufacture your own mylar for the drum heads. If this is true, would you say Evans, Aquarian and Remo mylar come from the same manufacturer?
BTW I have your heads on all my drums.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:52 PM
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hey rick i love evans heads. i use hydraulics on top and g2 on bottom of toms. i use hazy 300 on bottom and g1 and genera on top of my snares. and for bass i use emad for batter head and the factory tama logo head for resonate on bass. in regards to sticks i love pro mark sticks but vic firth 5a's are seeming are lasting longer. i use pro mark mallets and sticks marimbas and other concert stuff cause the mallets you make are light and that is what u want in mallets when you play 4 and even 6 mallets.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:55 PM
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Hi Rick,
I have been using Evans heads since the 70s.
I began using the Hydraulic line on my Concert Tom kit of the day.
I am totally happy with the products that Evans makes.
I just recently tried a Genera Resonant head on a 10 inch tom on my Sonor Safari Jungle kit.
Wow, That head really brightened that tom up!!! It did just what it was advertised to do.
I am using a G1 Coated on the top of that drum.

I also like the EC1 coated heads. I use those on my ddrum maple kit.
Nice punchy Rock sound!

I like the coated single ply Reverse Power Dot heads on my maple snare drums along with the Hazy 300 resos.

I like the Zildjian sticks and I use several sizes of them along with many other brands.

keep up the good work!

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Old 08-07-2011, 04:11 PM
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After a 30 plus year vacation I am back to playing drums for about 5 years now. I have used nothing but Evans heads during this period other than the fibreskin set I am now using becuase I didn't find any vintage looking Evans heads. As for sticks I have been using almost every brand but have settled on Regal Tip and Vic Firth. Vater I find are good sticks and Pro Mark , the only pair I have were given to me and they just felt weak and looked second rate, and Zildjian that just felt worse to me. I now all of this is preference but when you find something that feels, plays and looks good, you stay with it. If Evans had a vintage looking set of heads, and by that I mean, calf skin appearance, I would snap them up. Thanks for checking in and taking the chance with us hooligans.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:27 PM
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Hi Rick
I've played a few sets with Evans heads but have never had any myself and I found actually found the Remo Powerstroke Pro had a better tone than the Emad and more life. I heard so many good things about the EMAD but I was pretty disappointed with it compared to the Remo Powerstroke Pro (I now have). However, I have heard the ONYX heads and they sounds really nice.

About Pro-Mark. I've had about 3 sets of Pro-Mark sticks.
The first pair broke really quickly, which I was disappointed about.
The second pair felt really hollow and snapped a little while later
and the third pair (my dad has) just feel horrible! He loves them, but I find them the most awful stick I've ever played with. They're the Natural series and I will NEVER use Pro-mark sticks again.

Same with Vic Firth, only with a couple of exceptions of sticks (The Extreme series) but I'm planning to try out Vater soon.

I just thought I'd share my opinions and experience with the products
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:41 PM
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that's a shame chris, i've found pro mark to be the most durable stick - and the natural feeling stick is just a more natural way to get grip on your stick and to cause calluses, as apposed to them being dipped in some formula.... (see vic firth's vic grip, and pro marks pro-grip)

by the way, my test for a stick is if they last longer than 2hrs in the studio.... vic firths last around 1hr 15 min, vaters around 2hrs 10min + and pro marks 2hrs 30min +

havn't tried out my mike mangini's (zildjians) but i'd imagine they'll last a while being made out of birch, which is much denser and heavier.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:21 PM
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Hi Rick. Since you are the "horse's mouth" there at Evans, I wanted to know, if you are permitted to answer...I am assuming you don't manufacture your own mylar for the drum heads. If this is true, would you say Evans, Aquarian and Remo mylar come from the same manufacturer?
BTW I have your heads on all my drums.
Thanks for your presence here, it goes a long way.
First of all, thank you for referring to me as the horse's mouth as opposed to another part of the horse......Mylar is a trade name for Dupont and the answer to your question is it depends on the type of head. There are actually a few different manufacturers of polyester film and Dupont is a source for some of the heads for Remo and Evans. I cannot comment on Aquarian only because I don't know. Other types of films and thicknesses are used on different lines of heads to achieve specifice acoustic and endurance performance.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:24 PM
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Hi Rick
I've played a few sets with Evans heads but have never had any myself and I found actually found the Remo Powerstroke Pro had a better tone than the Emad and more life. I heard so many good things about the EMAD but I was pretty disappointed with it compared to the Remo Powerstroke Pro (I now have). However, I have heard the ONYX heads and they sounds really nice.

About Pro-Mark. I've had about 3 sets of Pro-Mark sticks.
The first pair broke really quickly, which I was disappointed about.
The second pair felt really hollow and snapped a little while later
and the third pair (my dad has) just feel horrible! He loves them, but I find them the most awful stick I've ever played with. They're the Natural series and I will NEVER use Pro-mark sticks again.

Same with Vic Firth, only with a couple of exceptions of sticks (The Extreme series) but I'm planning to try out Vater soon.

I just thought I'd share my opinions and experience with the products
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Hi Chris, sorry to hear about your experience with Pro-Mark. Let me say that since we have acquired the company, we have made many improvements in the quality and consistency of the sticks. We have some exciting new developments and new manufacturing processes that will be in place over the next few months. Please shoot me an email rick.drumm@daddario.com as I would like to talk more about your experience with Pro-Mark. Thanks, Rick
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:26 PM
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Hi Chris, sorry to hear about your experience with Pro-Mark. Let me say that since we have acquired the company, we have made many improvements in the quality and consistency of the sticks. We have some exciting new developments and new manufacturing processes that will be in place over the next few months. Please shoot me an email rick.drumm@daddario.com as I would like to talk more about your experience with Pro-Mark. Thanks, Rick
Also, regarding the Evans heads - which models or combination of heads did you try and on what make of drums?
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:30 PM
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After a 30 plus year vacation I am back to playing drums for about 5 years now. I have used nothing but Evans heads during this period other than the fibreskin set I am now using becuase I didn't find any vintage looking Evans heads. As for sticks I have been using almost every brand but have settled on Regal Tip and Vic Firth. Vater I find are good sticks and Pro Mark , the only pair I have were given to me and they just felt weak and looked second rate, and Zildjian that just felt worse to me. I now all of this is preference but when you find something that feels, plays and looks good, you stay with it. If Evans had a vintage looking set of heads, and by that I mean, calf skin appearance, I would snap them up. Thanks for checking in and taking the chance with us hooligans.
I agree with you've gotta go with what works for you. Regal Tip and Vic Firth make great products. You are going to see some great improvements at Pro-Mark with regards to quality and new models over the next year. So please take another look in a few months. Regarding Evans vintage looking heads - thanks for the input. We are working on a vintage look which I hope to have out early next year.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:38 PM
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Hi Rick,
I have been using Evans heads since the 70s.
I began using the Hydraulic line on my Concert Tom kit of the day.
I am totally happy with the products that Evans makes.
I just recently tried a Genera Resonant head on a 10 inch tom on my Sonor Safari Jungle kit.
Wow, That head really brightened that tom up!!! It did just what it was advertised to do.
I am using a G1 Coated on the top of that drum.

I also like the EC1 coated heads. I use those on my ddrum maple kit.
Nice punchy Rock sound!

I like the coated single ply Reverse Power Dot heads on my maple snare drums along with the Hazy 300 resos.

I like the Zildjian sticks and I use several sizes of them along with many other brands.

keep up the good work!

You showed courage by posting here. You will get a full spectrum of posts that you can't spin or control.
Most companies would not do that.
I respect you for coming here as you have.
Thanks for your support of Evans. I'm very happy they are working for you. I am looking forward to handling as many questions as I can. I will do my best to give honest answers to everyone's questions. I am in a somewhat unique position as I have worked initimately with the number 1 & 2 drumhead and drumstick manufacturers. As I said earlier, all make great products. Drummers need to find what feels good for them and achieves their acoustical goals.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:41 PM
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hey rick i love evans heads. i use hydraulics on top and g2 on bottom of toms. i use hazy 300 on bottom and g1 and genera on top of my snares. and for bass i use emad for batter head and the factory tama logo head for resonate on bass. in regards to sticks i love pro mark sticks but vic firth 5a's are seeming are lasting longer. i use pro mark mallets and sticks marimbas and other concert stuff cause the mallets you make are light and that is what u want in mallets when you play 4 and even 6 mallets.
Wow, you must be pushing a lot air out of those drums with that head combination. Glad their working for you.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:56 PM
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Thanks for your support of Evans. I'm very happy they are working for you. Drummers need to find what feels good for them and achieves their acoustical goals.
That says it all.
It is good that we have a choice of products form many manufacturers to chose from.
A product that I like may be disliked by another drummer.
I use products from numerous companies that I like.
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Rick and I go back to 1984 when he signed me at Remo, and we've crossed paths at Vic Firth and D'Addario. He's a hard-working, straight-shooting guy. It's easy to take it for granted that forums like this are an ideal place to exchange personal info and experiences, but you can count on one hand the number of major companies who venture outside of their own forums to participate in the community. Truly, that kind of official information is better from the horse's mouth than the other end!

Thanks Rick for taking that leap, and you work way too hard on a Sunday!

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Rick and I go back to 1984 when he signed me at Remo, and we've crossed paths at Vic Firth and D'Addario. He's a hard-working, straight-shooting guy. It's easy to take it for granted that forums like this are an ideal place to exchange personal info and experiences, but you can count on one hand the number of major companies who venture outside of their own forums to participate in the community. Truly, that kind of official information is better from the horse's mouth than the other end!

Thanks Rick for taking that leap, and you work way too hard on a Sunday!

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Old 08-07-2011, 06:49 PM
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I concur w/ Bermuda in that I think it says a lot that the president of Evans is here answering questions. Rick seems like a straight shooter as Bermuda says, and I have a ton of respect for that.

If I were president of anything drumming related I would think that this forum in particular has the pulse on which my finger should be laid. Props to Rick for using this resource for the betterment of his product. For unbiased info straight from drummer's mouths, this place can't be beat.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:16 PM
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Hi Rick,

May I add to the chorus of those congratulating you on having the "spheres" to participate here. The vast majority of members are super helpful & the membership demographic is about as varied as you can get.

I've used Evans heads for many years, but also have experience of others, perhaps with the exception of Aquarian. Evans are my "go to" brand every time for both live & studio work. Also worthy of note, a superb artisan drum company I'm now involved with (Guru Drumworks) fits Evans heads to all drums unless otherwise instructed by the client.

Perhaps the biggest accolade I can bestow from my lowly position in the drumming community, is that I chose to fit Evans heads to our latest development kit for a natural 3 mic capture video. It's a world first construction, & truly something special (well, we think so). You can check it out here: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=79440

Thanks again for chiming in here Rick. It really is appreciated, & I hope you gain as much from this as we will from your presence.
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Great to see you here. I've used a fair few Evans heads in my time (got the EMAD on one of my kits at the moment and it sounds great) and currently enjoying the more natural finish of the Pro-Mark sticks.

The only slight issue I've found is the pitch matching between the sticks in a pair isn't always up to scratch (I'm not sure if these particular pairs are even ment to be pitch matched). It won't stop me buying them though because they seem very durable, they seem to wear evenly around the shoulder, and I prefer the more natural less laquered finish at the moment.

@Stalwart_Pandora-Chris, @uniin:

Flippin' 'eck! How hard do you guys hit that you go through sticks that quick?! :-)

I'm finding Pro-Mark really durable at the moment, at least the Hickory 5B.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:02 PM
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Great thread.

I'm a D'Addario guy and an Evans guy.
D'Addario strings are the best in the world. Period. [I'm a bass player, too.]
Evans heads sound great, last a long time, and have every desired variety.

Not a Pro Mark guy, although I have tried them,
and they are good sticks. I just never found the right one for me.

If you ever want to clone the Regal Tip stick I use, I'd be glad to join the Pro Mark
world and make it a clean sweep. :)
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I use Evans blue hydraulic exclusively on my clear Zickos set. Sometimes hard to find, but I love the look and sound. I also use Remo. Both are great heads.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:06 PM
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Ok, Rick - I have my second request. :)

About a 16" EMAD? We have a small but growing army of 16" bass drum players here - and I bet many of them would love to see a 16" EMAD.
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Mr. Drumm, I'm a Remo guy myself but anyway I congratulate you for joining this forum and taking the time to read and reply to our comments. Says a lot about you and the way you run your company.

Regarding your products, if I may give a recommendation (Of course I don't know if you can do it, but anyway) it would be this:
In an effort to keep costs down, I'd change the packaging of the drumheads that are shipped to South America. I live in Uruguay and Evans heads are almost 40% more expensive than Remo.
The main difference between the two brands is that Remo's don't come in a box, they come in a plastic bag, which allows heads of the same diameter to be stacked on one another like in a tube, which most definitely keeps packaging and shipping costs down, and therefore they can be sold for less and still keep the profit margin.

Of course I'm aware that this country must represent maybe 0,0001% of your worldwide sales.. but, maybe you can get something out of this humble comment.

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I concur w/ Bermuda in that I think it says a lot that the president of Evans is here answering questions. Rick seems like a straight shooter as Bermuda says, and I have a ton of respect for that.

If I were president of anything drumming related I would think that this forum in particular has the pulse on which my finger should be laid. Props to Rick for using this resource for the betterment of his product. For unbiased info straight from drummer's mouths, this place can't be beat.
Thanks Larry, we drummers have a unique brotherhood and we like sharing info. I can't say the same exists at this level for other instrumentalists.
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Mr. Drumm, I'm a Remo guy myself but anyway I congratulate you for joining this forum and taking the time to read and reply to our comments. Says a lot about you and the way you run your company.

Regarding your products, if I may give a recommendation (Of course I don't know if you can do it, but anyway) it would be this:
In an effort to keep costs down, I'd change the packaging of the drumheads that are shipped to South America. I live in Uruguay and Evans heads are almost 40% more expensive than Remo.
The main difference between the two brands is that Remo's don't come in a box, they come in a plastic bag, which allows heads of the same diameter to be stacked on one another like in a tube, which most definitely keeps packaging and shipping costs down, and therefore they can be sold for less and still keep the profit margin.

Of course I'm aware that this country must represent maybe 0,0001% of your worldwide sales.. but, maybe you can get something out of this humble comment.

Cheers. :)
Thank you for your suggestion. We are moving to polybag packaging in some international markets for the reasons you mention. We will definitely take a look at Uruguay to add to that program.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:57 PM
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Ok, Rick - I have my second request. :)

About a 16" EMAD? We have a small but growing army of 16" bass drum players here - and I bet many of them would love to see a 16" EMAD.
Good suggestion. We are going to add some 16" bass drum heads which we don't currently have as part of our Evans line. Thanks, Rick
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I use Evans blue hydraulic exclusively on my clear Zickos set. Sometimes hard to find, but I love the look and sound. I also use Remo. Both are great heads.
Where are you located? We have plenty of Evans blue hydraulics in stock ready to ship. Let us know your retailer name and we will contact them. Thanks, Rick
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Great thread.

I'm a D'Addario guy and an Evans guy.
D'Addario strings are the best in the world. Period. [I'm a bass player, too.]
Evans heads sound great, last a long time, and have every desired variety.

Not a Pro Mark guy, although I have tried them,
and they are good sticks. I just never found the right one for me.

If you ever want to clone the Regal Tip stick I use, I'd be glad to join the Pro Mark
world and make it a clean sweep. :)
Frank, thanks for your support. What model Regal Tip do you use? We are going to be adding a number of new models with new designs over the next several months. I believe there are number of diameters that we need to add to the line.
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Great to see you here. I've used a fair few Evans heads in my time (got the EMAD on one of my kits at the moment and it sounds great) and currently enjoying the more natural finish of the Pro-Mark sticks.

The only slight issue I've found is the pitch matching between the sticks in a pair isn't always up to scratch (I'm not sure if these particular pairs are even ment to be pitch matched). It won't stop me buying them though because they seem very durable, they seem to wear evenly around the shoulder, and I prefer the more natural less laquered finish at the moment.

@Stalwart_Pandora-Chris, @uniin:

Flippin' 'eck! How hard do you guys hit that you go through sticks that quick?! :-)

I'm finding Pro-Mark really durable at the moment, at least the Hickory 5B.
We are going to tighten the specs that Pro-Mark uses for weight matching. We currently use a 3 gram difference between sticks. That will be tightened to a lesser amount in the next few months. Rick
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Hi Rick,

May I add to the chorus of those congratulating you on having the "spheres" to participate here. The vast majority of members are super helpful & the membership demographic is about as varied as you can get.

I've used Evans heads for many years, but also have experience of others, perhaps with the exception of Aquarian. Evans are my "go to" brand every time for both live & studio work. Also worthy of note, a superb artisan drum company I'm now involved with (Guru Drumworks) fits Evans heads to all drums unless otherwise instructed by the client.

Perhaps the biggest accolade I can bestow from my lowly position in the drumming community, is that I chose to fit Evans heads to our latest development kit for a natural 3 mic capture video. It's a world first construction, & truly something special (well, we think so). You can check it out here: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=79440

Thanks again for chiming in here Rick. It really is appreciated, & I hope you gain as much from this as we will from your presence.
Very cool drumset!!! Thank you for using Evans.
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Frank, thanks for your support. What model Regal Tip do you use? We are going to be adding a number of new models with new designs over the next several months. I believe there are number of diameters that we need to add to the line.
Regal Tip Combos. One of the lightest, thinnest sticks on the planet.

If I actually had the opportunity to design my own stick :) , it would be:
- Regal Tip Combo length and width
- Round nylon tip, not oval
- Taper very close to the tip, to allow a little more beef over a longer part of the stick, since it's already extremely narrow.

That would hit the spot.
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After a 30 plus year vacation I am back to playing drums for about 5 years now. I have used nothing but Evans heads during this period other than the fibreskin set I am now using becuase I didn't find any vintage looking Evans heads. If Evans had a vintage looking set of heads, and by that I mean, calf skin appearance, I would snap them up. Thanks for checking in and taking the chance with us hooligans.
Yes, add me to the list of guys wishing Evans had a better "vintage" option. I've tried the Strata, which isn't bad, but wish there was a 2-ply option and the coating does not adhere to the film well. I had two heads lose small chunks of coating when first removing them from the box because the coating stuck to the cardboard better than the head itself. Disappointing, especially since the sound overall is pretty nice.

Since then I've switched to Aquarian Modern Vintage but now that Remo has expanded Skyntone to include tom sizes I've been seriously considering returning to Remo, which is something I never thought I'd do, but calf-style heads are the one thing Evans isn't providing.
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.............but you can count on one hand the number of major companies who venture outside of their own forums to participate in the community. Truly, that kind of official information is better from the horse's mouth than the other end!
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May I add to the chorus of those congratulating you on having the "spheres" to participate here.
+1.

I really wish there were more major manufacturers who had the foresight to participate here in the same manner as your company has. I've always found your rep 'Evans Specialist' to be extremely helpful. I really admire your (D'Addario & Co) ability to involve yourselves in the discussions and provide tips, guidance and the voice of experience without the need for the "hard sell". It's clever marketing and the non-invasive approach is commendable.
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Hi Rick,
Thank you and welcome to the forum. It's people like you and the professional drummers and technicians that are willing to contribute here that help make this site so valuable. Since the opportunity is here, I wanted to ask you about an item on my "wish list". Years ago, Remo made their standard coated emperors with a white mylar film rather than clear. Somewhere along the line they changed that and I swear there was a difference in sound, which many drummers on this forum who have used them will agree. I really like coated G2's and use them on my snare and toms. I love the way they sound and the coating lasts far longer than Remo's. When the coating does start to wear though, the clear part of the underlying head shows through and it looks kind of crappy. It would be great if G2's were available in coated over white mylar rather than clear. I know I would prefer them, hopefully they would be well received. Has there been any thought or research into offering that by chance? By the way, what a great last name for the president of a drumhead company! ;o)
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Also, regarding the Evans heads - which models or combination of heads did you try and on what make of drums?
Hi Rick

It was a coated head. Not sure what model, on a floor tom. It sounded good but I found it a little harder to get a good tone out of.

Thanks for replying to my post :)

I will email questions I have right now, I've thought of a good question.

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Hi Rick,
Thank you and welcome to the forum. It's people like you and the professional drummers and technicians that are willing to contribute here that help make this site so valuable. Since the opportunity is here, I wanted to ask you about an item on my "wish list". Years ago, Remo made their standard coated emperors with a white mylar film rather than clear. Somewhere along the line they changed that and I swear there was a difference in sound, which many drummers on this forum who have used them will agree. I really like coated G2's and use them on my snare and toms. I love the way they sound and the coating lasts far longer than Remo's. When the coating does start to wear though, the clear part of the underlying head shows through and it looks kind of crappy. It would be great if G2's were available in coated over white mylar rather than clear. I know I would prefer them, hopefully they would be well received. Has there been any thought or research into offering that by chance? By the way, what a great last name for the president of a drumhead company! ;o)
Thanks for your suggestion. The white film you are referring to is called Melanex. It has some different properties than Mylar and to me tends to feel a bit stiffer. Mylar comes in hazy or clear. Melanex is very white. Coated Emperors were made of two plys of 7 mil thickenss as are the coated G2s. I will talk to our team about testing the Melenex idea.

Thanks, Rick
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+1.

I really wish there were more major manufacturers who had the foresight to participate here in the same manner as your company has. I've always found your rep 'Evans Specialist' to be extremely helpful. I really admire your (D'Addario & Co) ability to involve yourselves in the discussions and provide tips, guidance and the voice of experience without the need for the "hard sell". It's clever marketing and the non-invasive approach is commendable.
Thank you, we feel if we offer the best information we can, the drummer can make a more informed choice that better fits their needs. Rick
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Hello All, Rick Drumm here. I am the president of D'Addario ........ I look forward to hearing from you.
Rick

I am a huge fan of Evans heads (I have used them since blue hydraulics came with Syndrums - did I just date myself?) and a huge fan of Pro-Mark sticks.

Last week I used Pro-Mark sticks to set a new WFD upside down drumming world record at the 2011 Summer NAMM show, I also used Pro-Mark sticks when I set the Guinness Book World Endurance Drumming Record (didn't break a single stick).

Your Pro-Mark sticks have been with me since I was a young drummer.

I think its great that you are connecting with the drummers directly. Keep up the good work,
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