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Ehrin
09-24-2016, 09:54 AM
I wanted to start a thread about head selection and tuning for Midtown kits. I've tried a few combos and am fairly happy but am still looking for that perfect combo. I play a variety but right now mostly pop/rock bar band type stuff so I need a versatile sound that can cover '60s to today. Here are the heads I'm currently running:

Kick - EMAD with large foam ring, no internal muffling. I tried the small foam ring but didn't like it. The large ring is the perfect amount of muffling for this little kick. Kick batter is tuned just above wrinkle with reso head set just a little higher.
Snare - Coaded G1 over hazy 200 (my secret weapon for the ultimate snare sound) Snare side head is tuned a 4th above batter which is at a medium tension.
Toms - Clear G2 over G1. Floor is tuned as low as it will go with reso a little tighter. To tune I put tension on the head and then kept hitting the drum while detuning each lug till I could hear it flapping then tuned it back up a little. Rack tom is tuned an approximate 4th above floor tom.

I'm very happy with the kick sound, it's nice and punchy with a good attack. The snare is perfect. The toms need some work. I have them tuned fairly loose to get the pitch I want but I'm right on the edge of being so detuned that I get flapping. I might try coated G1s over Genera resonant heads to give a bit warmer tone.

I would love to know what heads/tuning you're using and how you're liking the sound.

Oliver_Stein
09-24-2016, 11:42 AM
For me it sounds as if you're just going too low. If you need to be so low with your toms you might need bigger diameters. You could try to use Pinstripes or EC2s to make lower tuning possible, but it'll change the sound to nearly dead.

What sizes do you use?

Ehrin
09-24-2016, 12:24 PM
For me it sounds as if you're just going too low. If you need to be so low with your toms you might need bigger diameters. You could try to use Pinstripes or EC2s to make lower tuning possible, but it'll change the sound to nearly dead.

What sizes do you use?

The kit only comes in 10, 13, 16. The Midtown is a jungle kit.

Oliver_Stein
09-24-2016, 04:29 PM
sorry, I'm still not familiar with all the new names of the sets. Have you tried Pinstripes, EC2s or Aquarian Performance II? They are designed to be tuned low.

Jeffblev
12-15-2017, 12:47 AM
EMad on kick and G2 coated on toms.

StickS707
12-17-2017, 09:51 PM
This is my Midtown test vid...GoPro audio...Same head config, with the exception of the snare, which is HD Dry/Hazy 300. I think the toms are pretty solid.


https://youtu.be/_hbzFS6FS3o

therocker
12-18-2017, 11:52 AM
This is my Midtown test vid...GoPro audio...Same head config, with the exception of the snare, which is HD Dry/Hazy 300. I think the toms are pretty solid. Video Link: https://youtu.be/_hbzFS6FS3o (https://youtu.be/_hbzFS6FS3o)

The drums sound much bigger than they are!

StickS707
12-19-2017, 08:22 PM
The drums sound much bigger than they are!

Yea they do!...I was totally surprised once I got the G2/G1s on and tuned up...they aren't even new heads. I will probably go witih G14/G1s (my current drumhead choice) when I get around to throwing new heads on the kit.

powerkor
04-30-2018, 03:08 PM
My first time playing my new midtown was @ my show (power metal) and it didnt disappoint. Toms cut through the mix and the kick didnt move an inch. I'm in love. Unconventional usage, perhaps but these drums have enough punch and clarity for any style