Evans Hybrid Coated Snare Head

mike d

Silver Member
So... I decided to try one. Glad I did.
Nice responsive head. I can use it without muffling and I get very little ring, especially when hit dead center, which gives a nice deep response with some punch. Playing around the different zones gives nice dynamic range. Rim shots are a little weaker than the other heads I've tried, but the punch from the center is nice enough that I feel better about not having to rim shot as much. JMHO, YRMV.
 

Winston_Wolf

Platinum Member
Nice to have some feedback. I'd considered getting one a while back because it seemed like an interesting head, and a sound I'd never tried before. I asked about getting one through a local shop and even the guy behind the counter choked a little when he saw the price.

Once the current head on my snare starts to die I'm going to try it out.
 

EvansSpecialist

Silver Member
Glad to hear that you're enjoying it! The Hybrid costs more because it utilizes a high-performance aramid fiber material. This was originally developed for our marching drumhead offerings and was adapted for drum set snares. These heads are more costly to manufacture but they have something very unique to offer and are incredibly durable.
 

TWerner

Senior Member
Great link. The Hybrid isn't bad, but that's really expensive.

I liked the HD, the HD dry, and the Onyx better on that video.

It seems like you can always tone something down with tape or moongel, or pedifix gel moleskin which is what I used on my son's set. I don't know if you can make a head less dead/damped. Maybe, if it has a ring you can cut out.
 

mike d

Silver Member
Great link. The Hybrid isn't bad, but that's really expensive.

I liked the HD, the HD dry, and the Onyx better on that video.

It seems like you can always tone something down with tape or moongel, or pedifix gel moleskin which is what I used on my son's set. I don't know if you can make a head less dead/damped. Maybe, if it has a ring you can cut out.
Well, for me the hybrid stuck out as the sound I was looking for. I've used many different heads with many different muffling techniques, so when I heard the hybrid with no muffling, I really liked it. Now that I've played it for a while, I've found that it has (compared to other heads I've used) some unique qualities. I can get more ring/resonance at the half radius point, then strike in the middle and it has almost zero ring. Probably all heads are like this to some degree, but even on my center dot heads I never noticed. I will try to record something the justify what I'm saying here when I get a chance. The head tunes up nicely and I am absolutely loving the sound. It is definitely my favorite so far. (EC Reverse Dot, Genera, Power Center Reverse Dot, G2 coated... and a bunch I don't remember)
 

TWerner

Senior Member
It sounds a lot like my son's snare with the genera HD dry plus the 1/2 x 3/4 inch piece of dampening material near the edge. I like it and so does he.

Course your's is more bullet proof
 

0sparky0

Member
I recently put the Hybrid on my 14x3.5" Mapex Black Panther (birdseye maple, Die cast hoops). I've had that particular snare as a spare for maybe 7yrs, but never really used it, as I just didn't love how it sounded. I use a marching head on my primary snare, which is also a maple Black Panther, but 6" deep. Havent needed a lot of sensitivity with the type of stuff we played most of the last decade, but now am doing all different types of stuff and wanted more flexibility.

Tried a couple of other heads on the piccolo and just couldn't get a sound I liked. Put the Hybrid on there and messed with tunings from sloppy-loose to fairly-high, settling on a fairly high tuning top and bottom. The head is stiff, even at low tension. Doesn't have much give, like 'regular' heads do. That said, the snare really cracks now, and finally has a sound that I like. Very few overtones. Nice low (relatively speaking) pop from the center, and a more complex tone near the edge. Excellent sensitivity. Really surprised me. It's a fairly dry sound. Rim shots are good too. It definitely sounds like a piccolo, but to me, has grown a pair of fairly large nu*z with this setup.

It sounds good with brushes too, but in my case, that would be for lower volume, as opposed to jazzy technique. With sticks, its possibly my loudest snare up close. I haven't heard someone else play it yet to know how it sounds out front.

It is a cool looking head, if that matters. Looks nice on the black drum. I probably will get another one of these for my deeper snares and see how it feels. They are a little pricey compared to many other heads, but last much much longer. The marching heads last around 3 years for me. I'd bet these will be right up there. In 3 years, I'd go through a LOT of regular snare heads, so I can appreciate the cost savings.

Formerly I played stadium rock. Now R&B, funk, blues, reggae, classic rock, pop. Trying to tone it down in my old age ;)

Love the head on the piccolo. It really cracks. I'm interested in hearing it on deeper drums.
 
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