When should I change my bass batter head?

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My bass batter head is a "soundmaster". I have no idea how old it is, nor do I know how good/bad it sounds or if a new head would change the sound. Any input?
 

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do you - LIKE - the way it sounds, and does it keep up with the rest of the kit volume-wise?
 

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If you can play along with your favorite recordings and the sound of your drum fits well then there is no need to change.
 

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According to most drum head company rep, or endorsed artist that get them for free, you should change heads every 6 weeks max. According to most drummers on a budget, you should change them every 10 years or when there is a hole in them. The truth is somewhere in between methink.
 

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But see, if I change the head, I'll lose all that "sound patina" that everyone tries to get. Besides, I would have no idea what head to get to replace it.
 

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I once bought a kit that came with coated Soundmaster heads. They were really thin and had a plastic(!) flesh hoop, but sounded half decent tuned up high (bop tuning).
 

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If it's smooth white: Smooth white Ambassador or Aquarian Force II gloss white
If it's coated white, coated ambassador or coated powerstroke3
 

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I change them according to what web site I'm reading at the time. Man that period sucked. Now I just live with it because 26" heads ain't cheap.
 

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I change them when I break them— which I never do— or when I get sick of the sound, or get excited about getting a different sound, or need a different sound for some kind of musical reason. It has to be pretty dire, because I hate changing heads.
 

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I change them when I break them— which I never do— or when I get sick of the sound, or get excited about getting a different sound, or need a different sound for some kind of musical reason. It has to be pretty dire, because I hate changing heads.
...and I hate the paying for a new one part about changing heads even more. So I say: when you wear through it with your beater. Plus, it sounds like you've got a "rare bird" there. Enjoy the unique experience for as long as you can, 'cause you'll not likely find any more of the treasured Soundmaster heads!
 

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But see, if I change the head, I'll lose all that "sound patina" that everyone tries to get. Besides, I would have no idea what head to get to replace it.
remo coated powerstroke or evans emad
 

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My bass batter head is a "soundmaster". I have no idea how old it is, nor do I know how good/bad it sounds or if a new head would change the sound. Any input?
If you do not know how good or bad it sounds, then I'd recommend NOT changing. This goes for all music equipment: drums, heads, cymbals, guitars, amps, etc. If you can't tell if it sounds good or bad than it creates two issues:
1) You will probably not replace it with what you will end up wanting, so wasting money. This forum is full of it :)
2) Probably better to spend more time playing & practicing until you do recognize what sounds good or bad.
 

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