The King of Rock'n'Roll
- Aug 5, 2005
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- Poulsbo, Wa.
You said you tried Aquarian heads....did you try their AMERICAN Vintage heads?mono-plane said:What drum heads fit early to mid 70's Gretsch drums with the original wrap? I've tried various offerings from Remo, Evans and Aquarian all too tight. This is an original one owner kit I recently acquired and want to update the batters on the toms. Bass drum heads are original and the reso heads on the toms are coated with no brand. Those heads all float nicely. It's the coated Remo Amb and a coated Yamaha on the toms that are real tight. I was at the Long & McQuade store trying on heads and came away with nothing that would float.
They make two style - "Modern" and "American".
The American vintage heads are actually built with a slightly larger glue ring, to facilitate the older shells that are actually the size they are rated at (for instance, "12x8" - modern shells are actually around 11 7/8", but older shells would often be a fuil 12").
If you went that route and it didn't work, you can ask Remo to custom make you heads (a service they offer, or they did at one time, anyway).
You can also trim away a little of the finish (if its a wrap), if the wrap is the problem.