My Pearl Masters BCX

Thanks! For this kit they're just the perfect heads. Had other kits in the past and steered away from them (clear Ambassadors or clear Emperors were my choices), but on this kit the Pinstripes just seem to bring out that lovely birch sound!
Never tire of pics this kit ! I’m gonna replace the stock evans heads on my tama bb kit eventually with finish that reminds me of yours by the way ( molten brown burst). Am wondering if the pinstripes will give me that fat low thud on the birch/bubinga without so much overtone. I like the current heads
( slight overtone and ring ?) but looking to lessen it without moon gels or other muffling and to maybe just try something different.
 
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Never tire of pics this kit ! I’m gonna replace the stock evans heads on my tama bb kit eventually with finish that reminds me of yours by the way ( molten brown burst). Am wondering if the pinstripes will give me that fat low thud on the birch/bubinga without so much overtone. I like the current heads
( slight overtone and ring ?) but looking to lessen it without moon gels or other muffling and to maybe just try something different.

It took me many, many years to realize that the heads i think are the best, are not necessarily the best sounding heads for a drumset. Around 2011/2012 i discovered Todd Suchermann and was a huge inspiration to me; loved the sound of his kit and he uses clear Ambassadors top and bottom. My BCX kit came originally with that combo too and and first i loved it, but after a few weeks i found my set sounding a bit 'thin' (for lack of better words). Changed the heads to coated G2's since i wanted that Gavin Harisson sound, but again it didn't produce the sound i wanted. Switched to clear Emperors and that came very close! Eventually switched to clear G1's bottom and clear G2's top, but again after a few weeks i thought 'this isn't it either...'.

Still wanting that low thud with a decent amount of ring, i remembered how i loved Mike Portnoy's kit in the Liquid Drum Theater DVD which had a lot of Pinstripes on them. So got those (put clear Ambassadors on the bottom) and also replaced my bass drum heads to clear Pinstripes and bam... there was the sound i was looking for :D
 
It took me many, many years to realize that the heads i think are the best, are not necessarily the best sounding heads for a drumset. Around 2011/2012 i discovered Todd Suchermann and was a huge inspiration to me; loved the sound of his kit and he uses clear Ambassadors top and bottom. My BCX kit came originally with that combo too and and first i loved it, but after a few weeks i found my set sounding a bit 'thin' (for lack of better words). Changed the heads to coated G2's since i wanted that Gavin Harisson sound, but again it didn't produce the sound i wanted. Switched to clear Emperors and that came very close! Eventually switched to clear G1's bottom and clear G2's top, but again after a few weeks i thought 'this isn't it either...'.

Still wanting that low thud with a decent amount of ring, i remembered how i loved Mike Portnoy's kit in the Liquid Drum Theater DVD which had a lot of Pinstripes on them. So got those (put clear Ambassadors on the bottom) and also replaced my bass drum heads to clear Pinstripes and bam... there was the sound i was looking for :D
Exactly how I feel with the G1/G2. I like them fine but it’s not …… “IT” for me . I remember long before I took a 15 or so year break from the kit I had pinstripes and that was back when I didn’t fully understand tuning ( probably still don’t lol) and they still sounded great with that , for lack of a better term….. eq’d sound. They were on my pearl wood-fiberglass kit. But then like you I went to a few different heads after those needed replacing . Closest ( at that time) to the sound I was after were the evans hydraulic blue heads, but they sounded dead after a while ( cardboardish), so I went back to the pinstripes. Those heads were still on and still sounded decent when I set the kit back up 3 years ago before I picked up the tama bb 18 months ago . What you think about leaving the reso evans g’s on and replacing just the batters since they are in great shape . I could start of that way and switch if need be I guess 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

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What you think about leaving the reso evans g’s on and replacing just the batters since they are in great shape .

Overal i feel Evans heads have a more 'plastic' sound compared to Remo, but that's a whole different topic hehe. I did think about leaving the G1's on, but eventually decided to switch everything to Remo because that's just the brand for me. You could leave them on and just swap the batter heads, that would make a difference in sound anyway. If you still feel like it's not completly the sound you want, i'd change them to Ambassadors. Even thought of changing mine to clear Diplomats for more ring, but happy with the sound now :)
 
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I like how the black rack sort of disappears, especially where blending with the shell finish. Very nice.
 
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I like how the black rack sort of disappears, especially where blending with the shell finish. Very nice.

Nice timing as well, since i'm seriously debating with myself i should get a Gibraltar rack haha. I also like that the black rack puts the shells in the spotlight, but finding the limitations of the DR-80 rack more and more annoying. Only thing holding me back is the price tag of a new rack with all the clamps; darn my big setup hehe

EDIT: man.... just did a rough calculation and a whole new rack would set me back around €1100,- o_O
 

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Yup. I priced out a 3-section Tama rack with extra cymbal & Tom holders and realized my stands are working very well.
Your comment made me think... i now have the idea to get 3 or 4 Yamaha WS-904A Double Tom Stands. Yamaha and Pearl have the same diameter for tom arms etc, so this will work nicely. Will cost me way less than a new rack (like half of it) and i'm no longer restricted with my rack. I can use 2 to mount the rocket toms, left china and tambourine on.

Then have a centre one to hold the 2 toms and slip a Yamaha TH-904 Double Tom Holder in the free spot so i have 3 free holes to mount the from splashes and stack from. That was my main concern how i could mount everything in front of me without it being a hardware nightmare. Have seen someone do that either here on on the PDF and think that's a great solution. Then just use stands for the rest, but i have enough clamps to facilitate that and i think my kit will even look better with stands. Will sleep over this for the next weekend hehe
 
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