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    After some advice when to replace res heads. I use pinstripe remo skins, though I have replaced my 10" tom head in 8+ years, but the res head on it is mint condition. Should that be replaced, too?

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    I replace reso's every 2 yrs tops sometimes actually most of the time I go longer depending on how happy I am with that particular drum. I have gone as far as 3 years. Most guys I have talked to change them after every 2 or 3 batter head changes
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    I've had this debate with fellow drummers... I know guys who's never changed it. (depending on the kit of course)

    Me I change mine almost every other time I change my batter heads
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    Batter ....when worn out, dead sounding

    Reso...if and when it should ever break

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    Reso heads are 1/2 your sound...and mostly what the audience hears from out in front. A high quality reso head makes a definite difference in sound over the factory reso heads. They don't see the impact abuse that batter heads do, but they do wear out. If you play by yourself, then you really don't need to replace reso heads. But, if you want the best sound possible, then I would change them.....I would say every 2nd or 3rd time you change batters (providing you actually wear out the batters and not just change looking for a different sound). That's my opinion, anyway.
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    Every 20 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdeleone View Post
    Every 20 years
    Whether they need it or not

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    3 to 1..............batter to reso.
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    There is no set rule . You change them out when you feel like it . I agree with the statements that the factory heads aren't that great and you are better off with a name brand head . As to when you should change them out....well that's up to you . If you need to ask..then maybe you should just change them . That's the beauty of being a drummer...you do it your way !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    3 to 1..............batter to reso.
    Or about every 20 years! LOL

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    I replace resos because they take the same amount of impact as the batter head. It resonates from the hit of the batter head. I haven't replaced them in about 4 years though.
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    You had to ask, didn't you? This question makes me feel like a hypocrite because - despite the fact that I know how important it is to keep fresh resos on the drums - my current set is fifteen years old! Why? Because they still sound great. Not pristine, but still great. I'll get around to it eventually.

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    Hmmmm.......when you eventually remember to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by inthpktplayer View Post
    Hmmmm.......when you eventually remember to?
    +1.

    I've yet to get to a point, where I can tell an audible difference with a bad reso...................I've changed them periodically, just for the sake of changing them, but honestly I cannot tell the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longgun View Post
    +1.

    I've yet to get to a point, where I can tell an audible difference with a bad reso...................I've changed them periodically, just for the sake of changing them, but honestly I cannot tell the difference.
    That's because in truth, there is NO difference. As long as the richer drummers among us can keep the head makers in business though, I suppose it's a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kay-gee View Post
    That's because in truth, there is NO difference. As long as the richer drummers among us can keep the head makers in business though, I suppose it's a good thing.

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    If they still sound good, there's nothing that says you have to replace them. Do it when you have the budget or when you can't get a good tone from the drum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    If they still sound good, there's nothing that says you have to replace them. Do it when you have the budget or when you can't get a good tone from the drum.
    Best answer

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    every third batter i replace my resonate ..maybe once a year or every 18 months

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    A good measure for batter replacement is when there are too many "potholes" on the head for good playing, or when so much of the coating has gone, to facillitate brush playing. Of course new heads just look cooler!

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    Thanks all for the replies!

    Some good points here I've learnt.

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    People actually use resonant heads?

    Im kidding.. I seriously went 15 years w/o changing one.. If memory serves, I did try one as a snare batter once though.. lol

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    Resonant heads do wear out, the air produced from the strikes on the batter have to travel somewhere after all. They both get worn out and don't work as well as they did when they were new, it's just it takes one side longer than the other. Every 3 batter changes is a good call for the reso change. I mean, would you keep walking in shoes with no soles in them just because you have something that fits?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ View Post
    Resonant heads do wear out, the air produced from the strikes on the batter have to travel somewhere after all. They both get worn out and don't work as well as they did when they were new, it's just it takes one side longer than the other. Every 3 batter changes is a good call for the reso change. I mean, would you keep walking in shoes with no soles in them just because you have something that fits?
    So air blowing against the mylar will wear it out???????

    In a thousand years perhaps, but by then UV rays will have destroyed it any way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kay-gee View Post
    So air blowing against the mylar will wear it out???????

    In a thousand years perhaps, but by then UV rays will have destroyed it any way.

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