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Vintage drum heads — play or save?


Same thought as Marty's post above...I hold them by the rim and lightly tap another part of the rim with my palm and listen. It should have a note and resonance on its own. In some cases even new heads sound flat. My friend taught me this...he said if I try to tune a head that sounds flat I will fight it until I pull it off.

Personally, I would only consider using a vintage reso bass drum head. Everything else I would replace, but keep em if your going to consider selling at some point.

Posted on 2 years ago
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Original heads if not dented , are great to play, the extrusion process back then was different than some manufacturers today , as they stretch on the sides so it’s harder to seat and tune new heads .

The old heads are not like that and can be tuned easier.

April 2nd 1969 scarfed pink champagne holly wood and 65/66 downbeat snare, and , supra same year very minty kit old pies
66/67 downbeat with canister
Super 400 small round knob
1967 super classic obp

once the brass ceases to glitter, and the drum looses its luster, and the stage remains dark, all you have left is the timbre of family.
Posted on 2 years ago