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    I bought three new batter heads from Aquarian that would not fit my old Gretsch Jasper shells.
    I sent them an email and they kindly sent to me three new American Vintage batter heads (free of charge) that will fit old shells.
    (And I got a full refund from the vendor that sold me the other set).

    They are 10 mil coated, which I have not used in 40 years, so I'm in an interested state right now trying these out.
    It was also time to put on new resos and I went with clear Ambos (because THEY FIT)................always a good choice.

    These new batters are colored cream to look like calf skin.....................I really don't care about that...................I just hope they sound good.
    After playing a few days I will adjust tuning and see if they can sound good.

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    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
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    They look great on your drums.. hope they work out
    RED DIRT MOUNTAIN
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    Quote Originally Posted by slinky View Post
    They look great on your drums.. hope they work out
    Thank you, slink.................

    So far, not bad.
    I always work on new heads for a couple of weeks, tuning, stretching, retuning, before I make an overall assessment.
    They do not feel weak or spongy to me.
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
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    That is the way customer service should be. Nice! Peace and goodwill.
    Mark Wellman ><>

    Mapex Saturn toms, bass drum, and snare / Mapex MPX snare / Sabian AA, AAX, XS20 / Evans / LA Backbeat

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    I played a gig last Friday night.........................an outdoor event through a monster PA -- a lot of fun.
    I got a chance to hear the new heads with sound reinforcement and -- as usual -- the 13 and the 15 sound good, while the 18 is problematic.
    The large FT is picky when it comes down to choosing the batter head.
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
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    Story continues...............................

    Big gig coming up Saturday night......................400 people.
    After waiting on a backorder, I just received three batter heads for my toms -- Remo coated pinstripes.
    They did fit the picky old Jaspers, but just barely.

    Again -- the 18 is the problem child -- but overall, the Pinstripes sound better than the Aquarian Vintage single-ply heads.
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
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    Get a file and shave them down a hair hahaha j/k
    12pc Yamaha Maple Custom Vintage (23pc in total) | 12pc PDP X7 | 9pc Ludwig Jr. | 8pc Pork Pie ZebraWood | 6pc Sonor | 4pc Ddrum Dominion | 5pc Orbitone |4pc Sonor Martini | 50 Snare drums and growing!

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    I have an old ‘69 Ludwig 18” FT....and I’m not looking forward to tuning it. I figured my first head choice will be CS black dots.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    I have an old ‘69 Ludwig 18” FT....and I’m not looking forward to tuning it. I figured my first head choice will be CS black dots.
    Better converted to a bass drum. I mistakenly ordered the 18 with my Gretsch set in 83. Never could get the full sound of it as a tom. I don't think I'm a hard enough hitter to really get the full sound of it. Converted it to a kick and never looked back. I think a bop set is what I really wanted but didn't know it back then.

    all the best...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kay-gee View Post
    Better converted to a bass drum. I mistakenly ordered the 18 with my Gretsch set in 83. Never could get the full sound of it as a tom. I don't think I'm a hard enough hitter to really get the full sound of it. Converted it to a kick and never looked back. I think a bop set is what I really wanted but didn't know it back then.

    all the best...
    Trust me, I’ve contemplated that many times. I’d even cut it down to 18X14. I’d LOVE to have a 12/14/18 Bop kit made from vintage Ludwig shells.

    The problem is, I now have a 28x14 bass, 14x10, 16X14 rack toms and a 18x16 floor tom. All made from ‘69 Ludwig 3ply (Maple, poplar, Mahogany) shells with re-rings. I just can’t bring myself to abandon the idea of 14/16/18/28 vintage kit with Orange Citrus Mod wrap.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    update:
    I just got home from the load-in at the club.
    The first thing I test is to make sure the bass drum is rock-solid and will not move.
    So I put the set together and I'm playing around a bit...………………………..
    Then...…………...the two guitar players drop what they are doing and both say...…………"WOW -- those toms sound better !"

    I know guitar players can't be trusted (LOL) but, I'm looking for ward to a promising night.
    Maybe -- just maybe -- the coated Pinstripes are the new batter heads I need.
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
    (What Else Would I Ever Need ?)


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