Hello everyone! This month I would like to talk about Drum Head Selection. There are so many varieties of heads for different applications and sounds that you are trying to achieve on your kit. Coated, clear, singly ply, two ply, thin, medium, thick, heavy duty, and dry. With so many choices, you may ask yourself, where do you start? Well, think about what sound you like. There may be a professional drummer whose sound is exactly what you’re looking for. Listen around and see what kind of configuarion of heads they use. Buy heads that sound good to you without having to add to them. There is a reason why the drum companies have spent money on research
I’m actually going to discuss something not related to drum sound this month. Working in this store for nearly 10 years, I’ve seen lots of badly pitted (dented) heads, broken heads, broken cymbals, etc. This article is dedicated to why drum gear gets damaged or broken and what can be done to prevent it.
I know it seems like I’m obsessed with good drum tone. That’s because I am! This month’s tips are also about how select the proper drum heads to sound your best.
Drums are unique in that they are very sensitive to drum head selection. All manufacturers basically make their own versions of the heads other manufacturers make. Kind of like all car companies pretty much make cars, trucks, station wagons, and vans. That’s because these are tried and true models that each serve a specific purpose. Same with drum heads.