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Old 03-28-2009, 01:47 PM
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Bottom heads


Hi guys, I have a Ludwig Accent CS Combo and on my toms, I have Remo emperor heads on my 12, 13, and 16 toms, and I have a Remo weatherhead on my 14 snare, and a powerstroke on my 22 bass.

What I was wondering is, I current have stock Ludwig bottom heads, on everything (outer bass thing too), and I was wondering do I need to get better bottom heads? Like another set of emperors on my toms, and a better resonant head(if that's what it's called for the outside bass head)? If so...

What do you guys have on your bottom heads? Are there specific heads good for bottom heads? Does the outside head of the bass drum make a difference? Lastly, Is there a special bottom snare head? or can I just used a regular tom head? Thank you!

Sorry if I sound totally stupid, I'm new to drumming, and don't know the terminology...

Thanks, ryder904

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Um, I was also wondering if bottom heads require special tuning as well... I mean, tighter then the top, looser, or the same?
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Old 03-28-2009, 05:25 PM
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Re: Bottom heads


I will try to run through this and answer some questions. The top head is called the batter head and the bottom is called the resonant head.

Typically you would want to use a resonant head that is matched (or designed for use with) the batter head. (Keep in mind that this is not set in stone, I know drummers that mix head manufacturers to get the sound they desire and that is ok too).

Typically you will want the batter head slightly tighter than the resonant head but that varies with head type and desired sound (or what you think sounds good).

If you are playing casually and your kit is inside of a temperature controlled room all the time, then you can get away with changing the batters once a year to year and a half, and the resonants every couple of years unless they become damaged in some way (dimpled or ripped). You might want to change them sooner than that if you notice the heads won't hold their tune.

Here is a link to the Drum Tuning Bible which will help you to understand heads and tuning much better:

Drum Tuning Bible
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Re: Bottom heads


Wow, thanks alot Der Trommler, I've been reading this so far for 2 minutes and I've learned so much, thank you

I'll post back if I have futher questions - thanks again
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Thats a good read... it tells you flat out ...."The Truth"
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Hay Der I just got one of those vujade things. Funny how wev'e come full circle. Here's the link and please read carefully.

http://www.drumsetconnect.com/drum-f...illing-me.html
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Re: Bottom heads


you may can get one at Jacks Music Shoppe in NJ
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Re: Bottom heads


I got Ambassadors as my snare reso.
They somehow changed the responsiveness for the better of course.
I don't know exactly about the toms.
But I'm pretty sure you will have the same results with the toms.
I'll try it with my new set when I get it. (If this thread still matters by then)
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