Aquarian makes a bass head called the Force 1. Very similar to a Remo Powerstroke.
I knew about them. In fact, I ordered some today. I tried the UV1’s when they came out, but I’m not a single-ply guy anymore. I like my two toms to sound pretty meaty. The UV2s should work out.Bo, Evans now makes UV2's, which are double ply UV1's. So essentially they are G2's with the UV coating. They are fairly new, so I didn't know if you had heard of them.
"If you play brushes, the coating is gone in a week under regular sticks, so they don't do that well with brushes"You owe it to yourself to try it again, although I'm not sure I'd recommend trying their BD heads again, since you're a PS3 fan. If you're into the pre-muffled heads, the Regulator or SuperKick series, can't be touched. I tried the Studio-X series for BD and it wasn't much different than a simple single ply with no ring. If you are going into the studio, the Studio-X series is fantastic on toms. When you're done, the rings peel off easy and your back to Texture Coated. Remo Ambassadors sound great right out of the box. I like their tone, but the overtones can run away a bit. If you play brushes, the coating is gone in a week under regular sticks, so they don't do that well with brushes, much beyond new. The Aquarian Texture Coated takes a couple of days to really settle in and sound good and don't struggle with runaway overtones nearly as much. They do have overtones, just not runaway ones like the Ambassadors can and the coating lasts a really long time.
My go to heads have been Remo PS3s for BD and Aquarian Texture Coated on toms and snare for a while. I will run an Ambassador on my aluminum snare, if I can't get Aquarian. That snare is dry, so the extra overtones from the Remo just make it a touch wetter sounding. On my bronze, the same head has way too much twang! I'll use it, but almost never without dampening. My mics seem lo love the twang from that snare, where the TC heads are nice and smooth. Playability, body, fullness...all there with both brands.
Not sure why Evans goes dead for some and not for others. I don't play hard and can keep a set of heads dent free for a long time. Every Evans I try just suddenly dies, except the UV1. I used to be all over those heads, but then one day, I just didn't like them. I don't know, maybe they died too but my 12 and 14" toms had this slappy sound I couldn't tune out. 16" FT was still fine. They still looked new too. Killer concept though!
Sticks. Remo's get polished pretty quick with sticks, but the Aquarian coating lasts quite a while longer. More like months."If you play brushes, the coating is gone in a week under regular sticks, so they don't do that well with brushes"
I'm confused by that sentence. What removes the coating? Brushes or sticks?