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    Default Best sounding heads on a birch kit?

    getting a new Pdp fs birch wood set soon and im stumped on the best sounding heads, ive always used evans ec's on my current set, my friend said he got a really weird tone with ec's and the birch. any ideas?

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    Evans: Coated G2's over G1's will do fine

    Remo: Coated Emperor's over Ambassadors are even better

    Aquarian: Coated Response 2's over Classic Clear's are the best!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nougiera View Post
    Evans: Coated G2's over G1's will do fine

    Remo: Coated Emperor's over Ambassadors are even better

    Aquarian: Coated Response 2's over Classic Clear's are the best!!
    Remo: Coated Ambassador Xs over Ebony Amabassadors are my go-to, now.

    Check out Carter Beauford in 2010. He made the switch, and I feel like he has the best sounding drums in the world. I decided to give 'em a go, and ****... I can't imagine better.

    On my snare, I run a Coated Controlled Sound Reverse Dot over Hazy Ambassador. Amazing crack, definition, and supreme response. Also, have used this combo for months, no problems whatsoever.

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    +1 for coated heads on a bich kit. If you're not sure whether you want single ply or two-ply, you could always go single on rack toms and double on floor toms.

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    It often depends on what genre you're playing relative to what heads you might use. And I'll say up front I never owned a birch kit.

    I thought the sustained resonance of birch was much shorter than maple. So I would think a clear ambassador over a clear ambassador would bring a good short fundamental pitch. Wouldn't coated heads cut the resonance that much shorter ? Or is that what you want with birch ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 916drummer View Post
    getting a new Pdp fs birch wood set soon and im stumped on the best sounding heads, ive always used evans ec's on my current set, my friend said he got a really weird tone with ec's and the birch. any ideas?
    I have a Masters Custom MBX 4ply kit. On the top I have used Remo pinstripes, moved to the Aquarian Studio X texture coated and currently am using Aquarian Performance IIs. The Performance II are designed to be tuned loose for depth and punch with little over-ring.

    On the bottom, it has been Remo clear Ambassadors or Aquarian Classic Clears.

    On the bass drum, I have always liked the Aquarian Superkick II.

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    I have several birch kits, and I'll be honest--the only head combo I didn't like on a birch drum was clear ambassadors on top and bottom. I feel like a broken record saying this, but try Aquarian Super 2 on top and classic clear on the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 916drummer View Post
    getting a new Pdp fs birch wood set soon and im stumped on the best sounding heads, ive always used evans ec's on my current set, my friend said he got a really weird tone with ec's and the birch. any ideas?


    I used EC2's on a Tama birch set in a studio and everyone loved them. EC1's may not work as you think, they need to be tighter then EC2's to work so you can't get that deep sound like with EC2's.

    Be careful not to mix G1's and G2's on the set thy ain't like remos and you may have problems tuning them right.

    I woulds go for G1 coated top and bottom.
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