Single plys are way too bright for many. Some of us like a fatter, more controlled sound. I get plenty of resonance and tone from two ply heads, I use clear G2's mostly. The increased durability is a big plus as well. Its all good.
Muffling rings, tape, moon gel is not needed most of the time, I believe most unwanted over tones are a result of improper tuning. Double ply on top and bottom just seems way overkill to me. All this dampening would force me to hit the drums harder when playing with a band and just seems counter intuitive.I don't know why more people do not try 2-ply over 2-ply, especially with all the pics I see of drums with rings, moongel, tape or some other muffling device. I bet if they put a 2 over 2 combo they would not have the need for any of that.
How can removing frequencies and resonance make it sound fatter? From the audience point of view a single ply is much fatter / fuller sounding. What it sounds like it from the drummers point of view is not what they actually sound like from 15+ feet away. What the 2 ply sounds like from the drummers point of view is basically what a single ply sounds like from the audience point of view. As for durability, I cant remember the last time I actually broke a head and I can play a studio x a lot longer before it looses its warmth and resonance and starts to sound like a 2 ply does as soon as you put it on, plus I find you have to hit a 2 ply much harder to get the tone and attack out of it which also reduces its life span. I was a die hard 2 ply player till I broke my leg one time and had to do sound while another drummer played my kit while filling in for a couple gigs and found they actually sounded like wet cardboard from out front, After experimenting I eventually found that studio x over classic clear gave me the warm fat resonant sound out front that I thought I had been getting all along with 2 ply and listening to them from the drivers seat. Plus I only change heads about every 10 to 12 months now instead of every 4 or 5 months but some of that has to do with Aquarian's durability as well.Single plys are way too bright for many. Some of us like a fatter, more controlled sound. I get plenty of resonance and tone from two ply heads, I use clear G2's mostly. The increased durability is a big plus as well. Its all good.
That was with having close mics on the toms. Without mics and and some reverb and delay the 2plys sounded even more like wet cardboard. I always mic my kit no matter where we play just to have the sound come from more than one spot on stage plus it allows me to pan the toms a bit to make the kit seem bigger, but now that I am using single ply heads I do not need to add effects to give them a full warm resonant sound as they now sound that way naturally. I also find the increased response of the singly ply head allows me to play with a lot more dynamics and ghost notes cut thru much better without getting lost.tard - is that with or without close mics on the toms?
I ordered the G14's today for my toms. they will ship Monday and I will do a sound byte for anyone interested.Me too, but I wasn't too impressed with the G+'s, so I'm cautious. 7mil heads just dent too easily for me on toms, but work beautifully on my snare batters. If anyone gets hold of the G14's, post here & let us all know how they work out.
Anyone know when they're due? Evansprez?