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  1. Registered User

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    I'm gonna be trying Emperors on my Gretsch kit soon. I currently have Aquarians response 2 clears and while they sound good, they seem to be hard to dial in on these drums. The R2s have a more plasticy sound than Remo and Evans to me. I even tried Texture Coated 1plys and they were horrible on my Gretsch New Classics
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 basses4life View Post
    im thinking of a b.ob. kit in the future(black on black) and i think some nice white emperors would look great ...and also be good head selection as, i could nt even think using "not- emperors " on my tom batters ..lol
    sounds like a plan and white heads always look great on black kits

    The smooth white emps are made different than clear Emps .. they also sound different

    Clear Emp = 2 ply at 7mil each

    Smooth White Emp = 2 ply at 7.5 mil each

    Smooth white Emps have more low/mid range and are darker sounding than the clear Emps
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadAstronaut View Post
    sounds like a plan and white heads always look great on black kits

    The smooth white emps are made different than clear Emps .. they also sound different

    Clear Emp = 2 ply at 7mil each

    Smooth White Emp = 2 ply at 7.5 mil each

    Smooth white Emps have more low/mid range and are darker sounding than the clear Emps
    isn't that the same as the emperor classics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 basses4life View Post
    isn't that the same as the emperor classics?
    You mean the Vintage Emperors? .. well yeah .. 2 ply - 7.5mil head construction .. but the smooth white Emps use a different film than the clear Emps which doesn't sound the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadAstronaut View Post
    You mean the Vintage Emperors? .. well yeah .. 2 ply - 7.5mil head construction .. but the smooth white Emps use a different film than the clear Emps which doesn't sound the same
    yeah,thats what i meant ..lol.

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    I've been using Evans g2's recently, but gonna switch to Emperors when I next change them, as I think they'll get me closer to the sound I want - which is quite controlled and dark, but with still a good clean cutting attack...
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    Quote Originally Posted by croomz View Post
    I'm gonna be trying Emperors on my Gretsch kit soon. I currently have Aquarians response 2 clears and while they sound good, they seem to be hard to dial in on these drums. The R2s have a more plasticy sound than Remo and Evans to me. I even tried Texture Coated 1plys and they were horrible on my Gretsch New Classics
    Evans heads on tons sounded VERY plasticky toms ive tried them on.
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    Clear Emperors over clear Ambassadors on my BCX and that is the combination for me. All matter of preference of course, but i find that this combo gives me the sound that i want; full, deep and open sound that has enough low, mid and high. I had clear Ambassadors tops and bottoms when i got it, but found that combo lacking in the lows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iCe View Post
    Clear Emperors over clear Ambassadors on my BCX and that is the combination for me. All matter of preference of course, but i find that this combo gives me the sound that i want; full, deep and open sound that has enough low, mid and high. I had clear Ambassadors tops and bottoms when i got it, but found that combo lacking in the lows.
    Ambassadors as batters I've found to be pretty boingy , but in sure they would work on certain kits/genres.
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