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Old 08-29-2011, 06:40 PM
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Default I bought a Remo Vintage A and I am disappointed

I went to Guitar Center yesterday and bought it for my 13" Musashi Oak Snare, expecting an open (characteristic of the standard Ambassador) sound with a slight warmth. I keep all of my old snare heads sitting around (they aren't beat to crap, just used) and I thought I was crazy so I started putting on different heads that I've used in the past, and I still can't get used to the new Vintage A.

My results are that I can't get a desireable sound no matter how I tune it, it's always got an annoying disharmonic ringing, and I'm not a fan of dampening drums (though I could try it). I got frustrated and put my PS3 head back on.

For a $15 (sometimes $20 at places) head, I expected better results, but I've tuned it low, tuned it high, tuned it up the middle and it still fails to deliver.

I will try it on a 13" tom and see if it works better there.

In my experience, however, Vintage A does not work well on a snare.

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Maybe next time I will try an Aquarian head. On this note, ha, does anyone wanna buy a vintage A head from me for cheep? It's been hit about 10 times.
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:18 PM
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Default Re: I bought a Remo Vintage A and I am disappointed

I have this head on both my snares (Saturn and Brass Sensitone), I like it a lot.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:03 PM
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Default Re: I bought a Remo Vintage A and I am disappointed

My experience is recent and only for toms.

The Vintage A's on my Yamaha MCAN toms sound very nice. As I've said elsewhere, the only issue I had was that my 10" to wasn't ringing enough. Therefore I'll put a different head on it next time but going thinner rather than thicker.

If you are coming from a PS3 then that's probably suppressing more highs and some of the resonance than the Vintage A. I'd take a look at an Emperor X Coated CS Dot if you are sticking with Remo. There are some Evans and Aquarian alternatives as well.

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Old 08-30-2011, 12:07 AM
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Default Re: I bought a Remo Vintage A and I am disappointed

It feels like a very stiff head from the one I've played, though it sounds okay, but I've heard it's better on toms. However, coming from a PS3, you're probably not used to having it ring. Getting a dry, clean sound unmuffled requires great tuning.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:54 PM
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Default Re: I bought a Remo Vintage A and I am disappointed

I played one for a while on my Supra, sounded terrific.
It just felt a bit light under the stick if you know what I mean. Now onto an Emperor, love that too.
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:54 PM
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Default Re: I bought a Remo Vintage A and I am disappointed

One thing I will say is the durability is lacking a bit with these heads, the coating comes off very quickly. I tune it medium tight, sounds great on the brass Sensitone. I am still gonna keep an extra coated CS around tho.
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