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Old 11-27-2008, 04:52 AM
polluxonthedrums polluxonthedrums is offline
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Default Best heads for an Acrolite ?

Hi,
I just won a late 70s/early 80s Acrolite with its stand and the case for $62.5 on ebay... the shipping costs will be around $80 but it is still really interesting because Acrolite snares in Europe (the old ones) are available from at least $150 without stand or case...
So my question is : according to you vintage fans, what are the best heads for this snare drum ?

On my Lud Classic maple 14*6.5 and on my Lud Supra 14*5, I have coated CS on batter, and an Ambassador snare on bottom.

All advises will be great !
Thanks, and have a nice day,
Pollux

PS : I play mainly folk / rock / pop
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:08 AM
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Default Re: Best heads for an Acrolite ?

Of course, the choice is yours, but I prefer to use the same weight of drumheads that Ludwig would have used back when the drum was brand new. Therefore, I recommend a Remo coated Diplomat batter and a clear Diplomat snare head.
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:12 AM
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Default Re: Best heads for an Acrolite ?

thanks !
diplomat are thiner than Ambassador isn't it ?
isn't it too difficult to control overtones ?
I usually but a little piece of gaffer on the CS head, no more.
thanks !
P.
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Old 11-27-2008, 03:27 PM
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Default Re: Best heads for an Acrolite ?

Well, overtones or not, it will sound close to the way and Acrolite sounded when it was new. If you want to attenuate the overtones, then an old method is to use a small bit of tape -painter's masking tape (the blue stuff) works well for me.
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:29 AM
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Default Re: Best heads for an Acrolite ?

ok thanks.
I will try the Diplos...
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:21 PM
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Default Re: Best heads for an Acrolite ?

Coated G1 really improved the sound of mine. I do have 2.3 hoops on it, if that changes things. It's my go-to snare, fits about any gig..........Bill D.
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:57 PM
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Yeah, I think most people these days will prefer an "Ambassador" weight head to a Diplomat weight head, but I play very lightly and have sensitive hands and I like the little extra flex that the thinner weight mylar film facilitates. The nice thing about an Acrolite is that they ALWAYS sound good. In fact, you would have to work to make one sound bad.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:36 PM
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Default Re: Best heads for an Acrolite ?

I use to be an Ambassador guy, but reading many of your posts O-lugs, mentioning Diplomats and the comparison to Old Ludwig heads, I had to give them a try.

And sure enough, I liked them better and found my new main head for some time now.
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:08 AM
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Default Re: Best heads for an Acrolite ?

in fact I play folk rock, so sometimes lightly, sometimes a bit hard...
Diplomats won't be too thin ?
If not, sure I'll give a try !
thanks,
P.
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Old 11-29-2008, 04:10 PM
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Default Re: Best heads for an Acrolite ?

That's the thing about an acrolite, its so versatile that you can use many head combinations and get a great sound. Seems like there's really no bad answer in my opinion, just depends on what you want. For me, I use an Aquarian Hi-Energy on the batter and I get that fat rock sound and great projection.
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