My Pearl arrived!

Quai34

Junior Member
The black dots are a nice touch!
What black dot makes for the sound? They bring a bit less resonance? Or less sustain? After having learnt cymbals, I'm trying to learn heads, I'm really lost...sorry for asking...
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
What black dot makes for the sound? They bring a bit less resonance? Or less sustain? After having learnt cymbals, I'm trying to learn heads, I'm really lost...sorry for asking...
The black dots initially were developed to help lengthen drumhead life. Up until black dots all you had was diplomats, ambassadors, and emperors. So the dot was basically another piece of Mylar to go through to strengthen the head and then they became their own sound. They were the hippest head development at the dawn of the 70s. If you want to hear black dots recorded really well, listen to any Tony Williams when he started using his big yellow Gretsch kit. You’ll hear a sound that’s hard to replicate with other heads.
 

Quai34

Junior Member
Ok, thanks a lot, I will.
 
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