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Old 08-04-2012, 07:21 AM
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Ok...so I've used the HD Dry on a couple of my metal snares and they've nicely cut out the excess ringing. Great head if you've got a hyperactive metal drum. Now when I put it on a 13x6.5 Tama Artwood and 14x5.5 DW Collectors it really just gave it a dull tone that I couldn't live with. It did get rid of the ringing though.

I eventually ended up getting an ST for all my wood snares (thanks Bermuda) and they sound pretty kick ass. Though if you hit about 3 inches off center, it does have some ringing and overtone to it. But most drums do anyways without a really dry head. Still has a nice tone overall.

So I had this 13" HD Dry head that had been sitting on the shelf, and I could not see myself using it again. So I grabbed a knife and ripped out the overtone ring. WOW...just getting rid of that ring really opened up the tone, but still gave it great control across the width of the head. It gave me a brighter tone, AND CONTROL.

I know some of you cats have done this before. In fact, I bet you use a head that does the same thing without ripping out the control ring. I'm pretty pleased. Is there already a head like this out there (excuse my ignorance?). It has the 5mm and 7.5mm head combo. The ST will be sitting for a bit now. Oh...modify at your own risk...
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:03 AM
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Is there already a head like this out there (excuse my ignorance?). It has the 5mm and 7.5mm head combo. The ST will be sitting for a bit now. Oh...modify at your own risk...
I think the Genera HD (not dry) is 5+7.5 two ply head. Sounds good to my ears.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:13 AM
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I think the Genera HD (not dry) is 5+7.5 two ply head. Sounds good to my ears.
Correct, doesn't have the porting on the outer edge though.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:29 AM
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Correct, doesn't have the porting on the outer edge though.
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I think the Genera HD (not dry) is 5+7.5 two ply head. Sounds good to my ears.
Might be worth checking out. Of course, I'd be removing that inner reso ring.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:05 PM
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i took the ring out, and it makes it sound alot more alive!
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:22 AM
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Default Re: Bring out the best of your HD Dry

It's the overtone ring underneath that kills that head for sure.

Like you said, it can be good for a really unruly metal snare, but they just kill any sort of tone in most drums.

The ST and ST Dry have a good balance of ring reduction and shell tone that makes them one of my favorite heads from Evans, but ripping out the underlay on the HD does make a big difference.
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:54 AM
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I did the same thing with my Genera Dry (not HD dry) on my 14 x 6.5 Taye Metalworks stainless steel snare. It made a world of difference. The tone control ring made the snare sound so dead, even though it's a 1-ply head. But the little holes around the edge make worlds of difference in taming the ring of an unruly steel snare. I'm surprised Evans doesn't make a 1-ply head that has the holes without the tone control ring.
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:44 PM
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A G+ or G14 Dry would be a good combo with maybe 8-12 holes, no muffling ring.
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:21 PM
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A G+ or G14 Dry would be a good combo with maybe 8-12 holes, no muffling ring.
You guys are the best...always making me 2nd guess myself! Yeah, so I did end up going back to the ST for my Stewart Copeland COB, as well as the 13x6.5 Tama Artwood maple. Now the SC is a thicker shell @ 5" deep, so possibly less ring because of that along with the factory diecast batter hoop. To me, the ST gives just enough control with the brightness I need. Man, I hate cannabalizing gear, but the HD were sitting on the shelf for months...

Now the G+ really has me intrigued. I was trying to listen to the G14 but it was recorded with cymbals and HH, so it was not as clear as the others in the main screen. The G+ sounds like it has control, yet with some brightness.

I hate to base my purchase off the website's audio, because the HD Dry sounds completely different on my snares. Listener beware I suppose.

So...ST Dry, G14 or GPlus...
Good question for the Evan's reps (if they're still around?) Are they?
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:38 PM
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[quote=BigDinSD;........
I know some of you cats have done this before. In fact, I bet you use a head that does the same thing without ripping out the control ring. I'm pretty pleased. Is there already a head like this out there (excuse my ignorance?). It has the 5mm and 7.5mm head combo. The ST will be sitting for a bit now. Oh...modify at your own risk...[/QUOTE]

If I recall, Aquarian's Super 2 head has two different thicknesses of head material, 7 mil and 5 mil....not sure which is where.....
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:29 PM
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If I recall, Aquarian's Super 2 head has two different thicknesses of head material, 7 mil and 5 mil....not sure which is where.....
I'VE GOT ONE OF THOSE! Oh WAIT - it's on my 10" tom. Darn.

I've reverted back to the ST. The ringless HD just isn't bright enough for me. Still a little dull. Might try the ST Dry.

Anyone use that one?
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:55 AM
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Default Re: Bring out the best of your HD Dry

I put an HD dry on my 70's acrolite. sounds great on metal drums, but I would not put it on wood. I was looking for a very dry and crisp sound, and this does it. Got rid of a lot of ring.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:45 PM
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I put an HD dry on my 70's acrolite. sounds great on metal drums, but I would not put it on wood. I was looking for a very dry and crisp sound, and this does it. Got rid of a lot of ring.
On an Acro?! That's about the driest metal snare out there. Put a 1-ply coated on that drum and let her ring! She's a natural beauty!
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On an Acro?! That's about the driest metal snare out there. Put a 1-ply coated on that drum and let her ring! She's a natural beauty!
Let the man have his snare however he wants! It's all personal preference! :)
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:43 AM
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I have an HD dry on my SJC 10+6 maple and it sounds great, but now I have read this, I feel a swap coming up. If they really kill tone. That much, this snare is going to be a monster.....
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:20 AM
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I put the HD dry on my Acro because I am not a set drummer, and prefer more of a concert snare sound. I want very crisp, sensitive, quick decay response. This does it!
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