Anyone else have problems with Level 360 heads?

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I tuned up my kit again yesterday and it was fighting with me a bit less. I'll tough it out with these heads and see if they settle down, maybe the L-360 profile is taking longer to break in?



"Before someone says it, I've double checked my bearing edges and hoops for distortion and flaws but I could not find any problems."
I don't think these heads "break in" I have had a whole set on my Renowns and they went on tuned up and Ihave not had a problem
 

Les Ismore

Platinum Member
Ever since Evans made the switch to the level 360 technology I've been having major issues with getting the heads to seat, tension and tune. I constantly have to tune my toms and snare drum rather than just minor maintenance tuning, on occasion I find that they've dropped almost 3 or 4 steps down from where they should be. I also notice wrinkles and odd articles on the heads even when fully tuned up that cause rattles and flat sounding toms. The heads do not handle snare beds very well anymore, also wrinkling and not tensioning up properly.

I'm using G2 clear heads on my Mapex Velvetone kit (10,12,14,16) and a ST dry/300 on my 14" Pearl Chad Smith signature snare. Before someone says it, I've double checked my bearing edges and hoops for distortion and flaws but I could not find any problems. The problem started with the pre-release heads that weren't labeled level 360 but still had the new profile and has continued with the 360 labeled heads. I'm confident in my drum tuning and I am sure it is not my lack of ability.

I've stood by Evans drum heads since I started playing 5 years ago but it looks like I'll have to make a switch to a new drum skin company since these heads simply do not do not perform how they used to.


Get TIGHT SCREWS, sounds like loose tolerances with the stock tension rods 'if' everything else does in fact check out.


Not likely you're going to get a 'whole set' of defective heads.
 

Winegums

Silver Member
Get TIGHT SCREWS, sounds like loose tolerances with the stock tension rods 'if' everything else does in fact check out.


Not likely you're going to get a 'whole set' of defective heads.
It's not the whole set displaying the same problems, for example my 10" and 12" toms are are pretty good. On the other hand my 14" and 16" floor toms will not stay in tune, I've even tuned them after I'm done playing and came back the next day to find that they're way out of tune again. I'm also having more trouble with my snare staying in tune, it used to be that I had to tune only the one lug that is where my stick always hits for a rim shot. Now it's the case where I have to tune multiple lugs on the snare and also more frequently.

I'm sure they heads work for everyone else flawlessly but I wish the old profile still existed. I think what's happening is my shells are under size and the head has to deform rather than stretch.
 

EvansSpecialist

Silver Member
As an update the heads seem to be settling and sounding better now, but I've never had any heads take this long to stop stretching (almost a month now, 2hr practice daily). I'll continue to update as I go through the life of these heads.
I'm glad to hear that they're working out for you now, but what you experienced is definitely not how our heads should function. Let me know if you're still having some issues.

Thanks for your patience!
 
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