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Old 02-23-2012, 09:29 AM
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what do people think of the above ?? ... how would people rate it ?
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:18 PM
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I personally love the sound they produce. They have (to me) a perfect balance of tone control yet allow for a nice punchy bottom end. With that said, what I don't like is the fact that the black plastic retaining ring that holds the foam ring in place cracks and separates away from the head. The result of this is the foam ring is now loose and "flapping in the wind". I could understand this if I left my drums out in the cold, but I always bring them back into my house after gigs and they never see any more cold temperatures than what could be produced from carrying them from a car into the gig and back at the end of the night. It's a material problem that should be addressed by Evans.
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:22 PM
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I personally love the sound they produce. They have (to me) a perfect balance of tone control yet allow for a nice punchy bottom end. With that said, what I don't like is the fact that the black plastic retaining ring that holds the foam ring in place cracks and separates away from the head. The result of this is the foam ring is now loose and "flapping in the wind". I could understand this if I left my drums out in the cold, but I always bring them back into my house after gigs and they never see any more cold temperatures than what could be produced from carrying them from a car into the gig and back at the end of the night. It's a material problem that should be addressed by Evans.
Evans said they did address that. I would agree...as I've been using a GMAD since May and no issues with the plastic cracking. I did crack my last EMAD head from a few years ago.
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:28 PM
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Evans not only have looked at fixing this but will replace any that show the fault (or any other related fault) with a like for like replacement. Best customer service EVER.

I run an EMAD Batter and Reso and it sounds epic. The only thing in my kick is a small 1' x 1' cloth that is touching my batter to take out a little bounce (though not much at all, really).

I would definitely reccomend them.
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:42 PM
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That's good to hear that you are not experiencing that problem on the new/re-design head. I think the problem is that many stores have stock of the old design, and financially it wouldn't make sense to them to throw them out and replenish them with the new designed heads. I just asked (on another thread) how to visually identify the new design so that when I go to buy my next one I can be confident that this head will not suffer the same issue. I do love the sound they produce and I still buy them.
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:55 PM
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I love the Emad. I use the clear one and have for 4yrs+. I have only had one ring tray come off in that time and that was only after having it on for a year or so. I gig at least every weekend and up to 3 or 4 times a week during peak season. I use a DW gig pillow as a "solidifier"/ additional dampener in a 16x22 birch kick and various random single-ply heads for rezo. I also use a standard felt beater. Sounds solid- not too muffled,not too clicky, has some breath to it,nice and organic.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:02 PM
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I'm using a single-ply EMAD on my Gretsch Catalina Jazz backline rental kit kick (with a fiberskyn reso head) and it works great. I went with the EMAD for this kit so that the player-of-the-day still has some damping adjustment, as I left the kick empty of any other damping and did not cut a hole in the reso head.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:09 PM
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That's good to hear that you are not experiencing that problem on the new/re-design head. I think the problem is that many stores have stock of the old design, and financially it wouldn't make sense to them to throw them out and replenish them with the new designed heads. I just asked (on another thread) how to visually identify the new design so that when I go to buy my next one I can be confident that this head will not suffer the same issue. I do love the sound they produce and I still buy them.
We haven't had any issues reported with the newest EMAD design. Even with the old version, only a small percentage (>3% of the heads) experienced the issue of the plastic fixture cracking. Of course, even that wasn't acceptable by our standards and we made the design change.

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Old 02-24-2012, 02:58 PM
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hi all thanks for the info , how do yuo think an emad would work with a kickport ?? 22 inch sonor force bass drum ...??
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:17 PM
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hi all thanks for the info , how do yuo think an emad would work with a kickport ?? 22 inch sonor force bass drum ...??
That's a combination for a very powerful, deep bass drum sound. Leave the batter low and bring the reso up about half a turn above wrinkling and you should be able to achieve a killer tone.

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Old 02-24-2012, 03:33 PM
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ahh great , this is what I was looking for ..... thanks to all for the input
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