Plastic heads for 32" bass drum

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Ted Nightshade, Apr 12, 2002.

  1. Ted Nightshade

    Ted Nightshade Member

    Dec 9, 2001
    Hello again,
    Can anyone recommend any promising plastic heads for a 32" birch bass drum?
    I have FiberSkyn, and it's a disaster.
    I also have some nice Kalfo calf heads coming, which are by far my preferred choice.
    Nonetheless, weather does not always permit, so for the road in the rainy season I'm so far looking at Pinstripes and Remo coated white heads.
    Anything else I should know about?
  2. daveq

    daveq Guest

    Remo Renaissance?
  3. LittleJames

    LittleJames Member

    Nov 9, 2001
    How is this big monster going to be used?

    In an orchestral setting? or for a cool effect.

    The problem with big drums like that is that tend to sound real slopply no matter what head you use. Also try a thinner head and a modest about of muffling.

    Let me know what your using it for because I haven't had a chance to beat a beast like that in a long time.
  4. Ted Nightshade

    Ted Nightshade Member

    Dec 9, 2001
    It's a kick drum, pure and simple. I can tune it up to some tension at the desired more or less 50hz pitch. All the little bitty 22's and 24's and that are basically slack by the time they are at a good recording pitch.
    Yes, it rings, but that's OK with me.
    For the first time I really have a solid bass drum that complements the rest of the kit nicely in an acoustic situation. Beats that I was struggling with now have authority! I like it.

    I have Remo Rennaissance heads on it now, they came with it, and they aren't making it. The rest of the kit is calf heads, and even the tambourine is blowing away those 32" Rennaissance heads. They can be made to sound just about decent, if hit just so just in the right place, but that's about it.
    They certainly are no substitute for calf!

    Rather than fake calfskin heads I'm after straight up no apologies plastic ones, for those occasions when weather is a problem, and general backup.
    It's hard to figure out who makes what in these sizes, but I know Evans only makes one trick marching head with things suspended in it.
    Thanks all, for the interest.

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