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Old 10-17-2012, 11:22 AM
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Hey Drummerworld community! Long time visitor, first time posting.

I'm a long time established bassist, but fairly new to the world of drumming. I'm very excited to say that I've just bought my very first set; a 1960 3 piece mahogany Slingerland Radio King shell set (kick, rack tom, and floor tom) that I picked up from a friend for 50 clams.

The drums themselves were in fairly good condition, but needed a little love. Not a full restoration, but enought to get them into comfortable playing condition. As a bassist, drums are equally my favorite instrument. I guess you might say that I'm just a flat out rhythm junkie :)

So anyways, I'm in the market for advice on drum heads, as I'm not totally sure what I'm looking for in my novice state. R&B, hip-hop, funk, and soul are my main influences. Any advice I could get would be super cool. Thanks folks, I love this site!
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:15 AM
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Default Re: looking for advice on drum heads!!

*scratches chin*

seems like you still need a snare, hardware, and cymbals ;)
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:58 PM
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Default Re: looking for advice on drum heads!!

sounds like you could go with some remo clear ambassadors on the bottom of your toms and possibly coated ambassadors, or emperors on the top. I believe those old slingerland kits have larger bearing edges (from what i can remember) so you will want to get as much resonance as you can from your drum heads. Remember that heavier heads provide more resonance, it seems counter-intuitive but you can think of it like this: If you hit two heads (a thin one and a thick one) with the same stick speed, they will both recieve the same initial speed. But the thicker one has more momentum as it has a larger mass, so it will resonate longer. Just a thought. haha

I like the Evans EMAD on the kick, and you can probably keep the same reso on. A clear EMAD is a nice versatile head, possibly get one with external muffling, but I think coated is the way to go on the toms, as you will get a smoother sound that is more applicable to lighter styles of music.
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:30 PM
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Sounds like a perfect kit for a set of Aquarian American Vintage heads, go with mediums and a "with felt strip" bass head, they are made to have the look, feel and a warm sound similar to calf skin, plus the American vintage are made with a bit larger hoop for ease of installation on the older vintage kits that sometimes have a bit larger diameter shell.

http://www.aquariandrumheads.com/pro...vintage-series
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:36 PM
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Because of the year that those drums were made that kit may qualify for vintage style heads that have a slightly larger hoop.
Standard heads may not fit well and be too tight on those shells.

Aquarian American Vintage series heads are a great choice for a vintage kit like that.

Perhaps another member can verify if those shells on the 60 RK are oversize.
I am not 100% sure.

~ I see that Tard posted the same advice while I was typing my post.~
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:34 PM
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Default Re: looking for advice on drum heads!!

I know my '58 Slingerland snare needed the Aquarian American Vintage heads (not Modern Vintage), because the shell is just a bit bigger. A previous owner even cut off some of the wrap to try to make newer heads fit. It's a real shame. Do some measurements of the shell. Modern drums are usually slightly undersized by about 1/8" or so. Older drums are closer to what you imagine - 14" is a 14", and usually need different heads.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:51 AM
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Because of the year that those drums were made that kit may qualify for vintage style heads that have a slightly larger hoop.
Standard heads may not fit well and be too tight on those shells.
Yeah I didn't realise, but I'd say you are correct.
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