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Old 01-09-2012, 10:55 AM
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Now usually when buying drums I'm quite down to earth about what I buy. I bought Zildjian K's because I love the sound and they're a reputable cymbal range. I bought a Mapex M-Birch again because of the reputation and quality of the instrument.

I've now bought a 1960/70's 28x14" bass drum...Admittedly it needs some work to make it look fresh again, but it has all the tension rods/bass drum claws etc and therefore all it needs to be a functioning drum again are a hoop and some heads. For 25 I didn't feel I could pass up!

My question to you fine folks, is what heads would you be tempted to use on a 28" bass drum? Obviously I could go the boomy route, or I could go for the slightly muffled route. I'm pretty certain I want a Fiberskyn ambassador on the reso side, but any suggestions will be appreciated :)

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Old 01-09-2012, 11:23 AM
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Another 28" bass drum? hehe.... I'm quite please about that!!!!

Hey George, congrats on your purchases :)

One of our member, The Scorpio, has carried out a refurbishing project on a 28" bass drum, perhaps you could ask him some advices either by PM or leaving a message on his visitor's page?

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Old 01-09-2012, 12:14 PM
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It's not a high end one or a Gretsch before anyone gets too excited! It's a Premier New Era bass drum, so their low end at the time? It was a bargain, I'm looking forward to taking on a small restoration project in my days off and also I'm interested in what sort of sound/feel I'll be able to get from it :)

Thanks for the link! I'll check it out for sure! :)

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Old 01-09-2012, 04:25 PM
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Your gonna use a Fiberskyn head for reso., I'd probably run a Powerstroke 3 batter. That's the way I have my 26x16 set up, and I really like its sound.
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:46 PM
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Your gonna use a Fiberskyn head for reso., I'd probably run a Powerstroke 3 batter. That's the way I have my 26x16 set up, and I really like its sound.
I agree. I am putting a smooth white PS3 batter on my old Leedy 28" bass drum, when ever the head comes in. :( I have a Fiberskin on it for the reso. I must be the only one that has ever ordered a smooth white 28" PS3. It is taking forever.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:09 PM
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A white PS3 batter was what I was thinking for the batter so I'm glad that all our ideas match up!

Sticks you're gunna have one hell of a drum there! :)

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Old 01-09-2012, 06:16 PM
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Did you not see the pic's?





This last pic really bothers some folks. Sorry.

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Old 01-09-2012, 06:26 PM
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Here is a picture of a kit that got a custom bass head graphic done by a member of my site.

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Old 01-09-2012, 06:30 PM
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Mmmmm... Sticks are you going to invite me for coffee one these days? hehe...;-))
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:33 PM
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Mmmmm... Sticks are you going to invite me for coffee one these days? hehe...;-))
You are always welcome brother. Anytime you are this way. :)
P.S. Make sure you bring KIS and MFB with you. Should be a fun time. :)
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:34 PM
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For when a coffee table just isn't manly enough! :) Thats a killer head! I'm tempted to try and remove the remo logo that will come on mine to keep it as a blank Fiberskyn.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:36 PM
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For when a coffee table just isn't manly enough! :) Thats a killer head! I'm tempted to try and remove the remo logo that will come on mine to keep it as a blank Fiberskyn.
I am going to have my buddy from Quebec make me a Leedy emblem for it.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:42 PM
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I guess a premier logo could look cool on it one day, maybe when I'm slightly more financially stable!

The durability is something I've always wanted to try out with Fiberskyns. Stanton Moore says that they just last. Now I've seen Stanton in a clinic, and with the way he hits them if they last for him, then they can last for anyone! :)

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It crazy you guys brought this up I've been contemplating on ordering me a 14 x 28 Ludwig concert bd cherry finish the shell is 9ply birch/maple which should be warn & punchy(best of both worlds..lol) & match it with a classic maple 18x16 ft & 14x10 tt all cherry finish & long lugs on the ft & tt to match the concert bd but if I can get big lugs instead of long on the bd I'd rather do that but if not oh well. just get me some spurs & i'm ready to go..lol

any thoughts would be appreciated by the fine dw forum..lmao

I think the ps3(batter), fs(reso) would be a sweet combo for sure probably a ambassador weight fs I would presume.

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Old 01-09-2012, 08:05 PM
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I think I'm going with Fiberskyn and felt strips on both sides of my 28". I want mine to be huge sounding!
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Seriously, someone needs to create an exclusive club for 28" bass owners! ;)

I'm pretty set on sorting out a Coated PS3 on the batter, and an Ambassador weight Fiberskyn on the resonant for mine when I've found a second hoop for it.
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You are always welcome brother. Anytime you are this way. :)
P.S. Make sure you bring KIS and MFB with you. Should be a fun time. :)
We should try to plan it in the summer, we could have a round the table discussion with some memorable laughs on that rock riser of yours, I'm sure Andy would like it. ;-))
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We should try to plan it in the summer, we could have a round the table discussion with some memorable laughs on that rock riser of yours, I'm sure Andy would like it. ;-))
Instead of a cage match, it could be the "ROCK PILE MATCH" :)
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:11 PM
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Ha, loving the picture, Mad!
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:20 PM
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Instead of a cage match, it could be the "ROCK PILE MATCH" :)
Great idea Sticks, and after the match we could all have that famous stone shower, he? :))
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:41 PM
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You are always welcome brother. Anytime you are this way. :)
P.S. Make sure you bring KIS and MFB with you. Should be a fun time. :)
You wouldn't want me anywhere near anyone right now. Even Andy would struggle with me right now.

Incredible stress happening right now!

PS: That is a beautiful drum.

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Old 01-09-2012, 10:52 PM
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You wouldn't want me anywhere near anyone right now. Even Andy would struggle with me right now.

Incredible stress happening right now!
What's up buddy. Anything we can help with?
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What's up buddy. Anything we can help with?
Nope. Just overworked. I haven't stopped since at least last Wednesday and have had to pull a couple of all-nighters. My posting record will attest to this!
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Nope. Just overworked. I haven't stopped since at least last Wednesday and have had to pull a couple of all-nighters. My posting record will attest to this!
Well I hope you are getting paid for it. Don't worry, I will pick up the slack for you. :)
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Well I hope you are getting paid for it. Don't worry, I will pick up the slack for you. :)
Nope. Student teacher. No pay yet!
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Nope. Student teacher. No pay yet!
I really sympathize, my wife is a teacher, secondary school, A levels, preparations of lessons, corrections, annual school trip, exams, the list is almost endless...

But hey, Duncan, don't kill yourself at it... Good luck.:-))
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I really sympathize, my wife is a teacher, secondary school, A levels, preparations of lessons, corrections, annual school trip, exams, the list is almost endless...

But hey, Duncan, don't kill yourself at it... Good luck.:-))
I'm only just beginning to understand. My other half is a music teacher and I'm just about 'getting it'. Best of luck to your wife! It's not the easy way out, that's for sure.
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I'm a member of the 28" bass drum club (16x28 & 20x28). Since 1990.

I always had better luck with a Coated batter (single or 2ply) and a smooth front (single or 2ply) than a PS3 type head.

The last time I took a 28 out (last year), I had a Ludwig heavy coated front and back (4" mic hole), and it sounded fantastic.
Felt good too. Good balance of attack, fatness, natural tone etc...

A 28 is just more than I want to deal with in hauling around so I don't play out with them anymore.
The 20x26 is actually easier to carry around tbh.

Here's the 16x28 as I used it in my Cheap Trick Tribute band.


A fun drum, just more than I want to deal with at this point (it's mainly the case being giant).
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You could always sell advertising space on the front head to make some extra cash. :)
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hey Carl, any chance you'd want to part with that drum?

erm...for the right price of course...
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