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Old 10-21-2011, 06:49 AM
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Before I state my question I should introduce myself, my name is Chaz, and I have been drumming off an on for about 5 years. While I have been drumming for that long, I'm not that great, and don't have too much knowledge in drumming hardware.

Now to my question, "Can I use a batter head as a resonant, and if not, what would it sound like?"

I believe the answer is no, but let me get some more background info on why I am asking this.

I bought a set from my friend for $150, not a bad deal, it came with a double bass pedal, three toms, bass, snare, hi hat, crash, and crash ride. Anyways, when I first played these drums I instantly popped a hole into 2 of the 3 tom's heads. The heads hadn't been replaced in over 5 years so I figured it was time to replace the batters and resonants.

So I headed down to my local Guitar Center, and I told the "Drum Expert" I needed resonant and batter heads. He picked out I know for a fact a pack of Evans G2 Coated, which is a batter head. I don't remember off the top of my head what the "resonants" were. Because apparently his idea of what a batter is, is a coated head, which is clearly not true, because can't a batter be either coated, or clear, and he thought that a clear automatically meant it was a resonant.

I was skeptical of his theory, but went with it, just because I assumed he knew more than me...

So back to the issue at hand, I think I could have possibly purchased two packs of batter heads, one clear and one coated, I put the heads on my drums and they don't sound horrible, they sound somewhat bongo-y.

Could I have bought the wrong drum heads?
Are ANY batter/resonant heads interchangeable?
I looking on the Evans website, and they have a G1 under both the resonant and batter category, with the same product number, does that mean that the G1 is interchangeable?

Any info on the subject would be EXTREMELY appreciated.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:58 AM
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Now to my question, "Can I use a batter head as a resonant, and if not, what would it sound like?"
With the exception of a Snare Side resonant head (2 or 3mils) there is no such thing as a batter or resonant head. A 10mil single ply head like a G1 or an Ambassador is commonly used as a reso head....but you'll note that they are commonly used as a batter head too.

I'm aware that Aquarian make a distinction and Evans may do with respect to their bass drum heads....but all in all, you can pretty much use any head as a batter or reso. What matters is, how does it sound?

A very common head combination is a 2 ply batter over a 1 ply reso. In your case a G2 over a G1. Personally I'd swap a set of the G2's for G1's as I prefer a 1 ply reso, but you wouldn't be the first person to use a double ply reso should you choose to keep what you have.
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:00 AM
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In short, a batter can be used as a resonant weather it is clear or coated. For instance my toms have a G2 Coated batter over a G1 Coated.

Now if a head explicitly states that it is a resonant, than I wouldn't put it on the batter side.
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:04 AM
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Thanks for the quick replies, I understand what you both are saying now, I appreciate the help.
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Old 10-22-2011, 01:11 AM
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Putting heads on a kit ... it's all about getting a "good" sound. Now, "good" is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe "you're" the judge of "good sound". Or it might be a producer, of a "recording engineer", or a "sound man" ... maybe the general rule is "good" is the judgement of the guy with the "wallet" ....
Now, that said ... you paid $150for a drum set ... so I'm assuming it's "not" a pro level kit ... so some head options may never sound "good" ... sometimes about all you can do is run Pinstripe heads batter ... and a single ply head reso. ..... and that's about as good as it's gonna get. Other times, an "extremely affordable" kit will have a little more flexibility than that.
As far as the guy at GC, well, he's not necessarily "wrong" with his selection ... but certainly a little "narrow minded". I'd make a "horrible" GC employee (as far as the company mold goes) because I'd spend upwards of an hour talking to you about drum head selection. But you'd leave with a better understanding of head combo's ... and you'd hopefully have a "good" sound, when you re-head your kit.
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