Those Remo black suede PS3 or Evans 56 EQ4 calftone are great for full front reso heads. Not a lot of excessive ringing because of the fiber nature of the head. I’m using one on my Reference 22” bass drum and it’s thumpy and warm.Also, any recommendations on a good resonant head to pair?
I could leave the stock Ludwig head on, but that's now 3-4 years old. Would it make substantial difference to replace that reso head also?
Remo's rep recommended a PowerStroke 3 or 4 Ebony for the reso, to pair with a PowerStroke 3 clear or dot on the batter. Or would it be better to go for something like an Ambassador Ebony on the reso?
(Reso head does need a port for internal microphone).
Also, in case mic selection influences head selection, I use a Shure Beta 91A inside the drum, and a Beta 52A just outside the port.
Again, looking for a short-sustain solid low thump, soft to medium attack, defined but no overtones or ringing. If I can already achieve that sound without having to deal with a lot of internal damping, that would be nice. Right now I just put a single thick towel in there, mostly against the batter head (also just the Ludwig factory head). Sounds pretty good, but I feel like this drum (Ludwig Custom Maple 20" bass drum) might have more life to it with new (better?) heads.
Beater is the felt side of a (newly acquired and wonderful) Yamaha 9500D (direct drive model).
No, not substantial. It also depends if you have anything inside the bass drum for dampening. I like to dampen the batter head from inside, so the front/resonant head adds a bit of tone which I like. If I were dampening more, and the dampening material touched both heads, the resonant head wouldn't matter at all. If you aren't using any dampening material inside the bass drum at all, then the choice of resonant head will be much more important. I like the look of Remo Fiberskyn heads on the front. Either the Ambassador or Powerstroke 3 version would be great, depending on how much tone you want. Powerstroke 3 will have fewer high frequency harmonics, and the Ambassador will sustain a bit more. I'm currently using White Suede Powerstroke 3 on the front of my bass drums, with a small 4" hole about 3" from the edge.Would it make substantial difference to replace that reso head also?