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  1. Rick

    Sticks-do you break them?

    Ditto. I use Vic Firth X5A's. The first thing that wears out for me is the tip. It's nothing you can see, but I start to hear a little less articulation on the ride cymbal. It's like the tip has dead spots on it. That's when I replace them.
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    Attack Drum Heads Review

    That's a bummer and would be disenchanting for sure! To be clear, I don't use Attack heads because of the cost. I like them because I've found them to sound better and be of higher quality. At least that's been my experience with them. I suppose every manufacturer produces a dud every now and...
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    Attack Drum Heads Review

    I just stumbled across this tonight on YouTube. Looks like they're going to do a whole series of reviews on various Attack Heads...
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    What would be your chosen set of "same cymbal brand & line"?

    Yeah for sure... cymbals are such a personal preference. I think the only way is to listen to them before buying and then try them out on the kit. For me, a gig is the ultimate test. What I've been having good success with in the past couple of years is buying from Memphis Drum Shop. They do...
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    What would be your chosen set of "same cymbal brand & line"?

    It is. And very versatile too. I have it tuned kinda medium-high (a G# fundamental pitch) and it works great for a lot of different genres of music... jazz, classic soul, funk, blues, latin, reggae, etc. I even played it with a big band recently and it sounded great there too!
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    What would be your chosen set of "same cymbal brand & line"?

    Starphonic Bubinga. Love it!
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    What would be your chosen set of "same cymbal brand & line"?

    Ha! I have that cymbal. Love it! I see this post was from a couple of weeks ago. Did you get it yet? If so, what do you think? To answer your original question. What I've settled in on as my favorites are the Zildjian K's, specifically K Constantinople and K Custom Dark. All of my cymbals are...
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    Snare Reso Head too tight...

    That makes sense. Interestingly, the fundamental pitch of the drum ends up being a G#. That's with the batter head (10 mil single ply coated) lugs at 315Hz. This is a 14X6 Tama Starphonic Bubinga snare.
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    Snare Reso Head too tight...

    I think it depends on what kind of sound you are going for. I tighten my snare side head pretty tight. It's a typical 3 mil snare side head and the lugs are at 389hz via Tunebot and making sure the height of the rim is consistent around the drum. I like a lot of articulation and tone on my snare...
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    Joke Thread

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    **SOLD**Zildjian K Constantinople 18" Crash - 1352 grams Price Reduced

    Just a heads up in case anybody here is wanting this cymbal. According to Reverb, someone has it in their cart and it's "predicted to sell soon." Just FYI... https://rvrb.io/2010s-18-k-constan-uaghrd
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    Attack Drum Heads Review

    I'm thinking their "Baron" head would be the closest thing. It's a 10 mil single ply coated head with a smaller than normal overtone ring. The red dot... if I understand it correctly... is mainly just for durability and looks, as it is uncoated. I can tell you from experience with their coating...
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    Slight Drum Stick Rant; Customer and Quality

    I use Vic Firth X5A's. I find that they do a good job of QC and matching the pairs. There is a fair amount of variance in weight from one pair to the other. The main reason that matters to me is if I drop a stick in the middle of a song (not all that often but it occasionally happens) and pick...
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    Attack Drum Heads Review

    One minor correction to my above review. I actually have a coated (not clear) Royal 1 batter head on my floor tom. Everything else is correct.
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    Attack Drum Heads Review

    Unfortunately, I'm the wrong person to answer that question. I've only played Evans heads on other people's drums a handful of times... so I don't really have enough experience with them to answer that question intelligently. I've played Remo, Aquarian, and Attack. I'd say the Attack heads sound...
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    Attack Drum Heads Review

    I sure hope so! Yeah, I'm already studying the 717. Not like I have anything else to do... Cool plane... I think I'm going to like it a lot! I'm certainly going to be very well prepared for training with all this time to study!!
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    Attack Drum Heads Review

    Oh, one thing I've noticed about their snare side heads... They have "extra thin", "thin", and "medium." The extra thin is 3 mils, which is the standard thickness of most snare side heads. I find that to be a bit misleading... because, if you get thin or medium, you are getting a snare side...
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    Attack Drum Heads Review

    For the most part, they are the same as the old ones. I don't think they use "medium" as a descriptor anymore. I'm not sure what the story was with that. The Royal series all use the same mylar as Remo. The rest of their heads use "Dynaflex" film, which is a bit different than the traditional...
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    Attack Drum Heads Review

    I posted this in a reply on another thread. For better visibility, I thought I'd give it its own thread. These are my thoughts on the new Attack heads... I have gone to all Attack heads on my Tama Starclassic Maples and Starphonic Bubinga snare. I can't say enough good things about these...
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    Heads Up - Attack combo snare head pack 14 top and bottom - $10.95

    I just saw this. I have gone to all Attack heads on my Tama Starclassic Maples and Starphonic Bubinga snare. I can't say enough good things about these heads... they're fantastic! I have Royal 1 clear heads (single ply traditional mylar material) top and bottom on my toms. Their new "Orbit"...
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