Hi all! Great to be back on. I haven’t been on as much as I’d like, due to a few minor (yet annoying) personal things that are transpiring in my life now. & for that, I sincerely apologize for that. I’m very (for lack of better terminology) “lazy” about changing my heads. I should change them a bit more often, as I use the Remo/DW Coated/Clears, which are single-ply. Although they are durable for being single-ply (about equal to Remo clear Ambassadors, as the DW heads are of a medium weight), I personally tend to let them go for a bit longer than I should. For my snare batter heads (both main & side-snares) I use the newer Remo C.S. ‘X’ models. Since I began playing, I favored Remo’s coated C.S. Reverse Dots. The ‘X’ models are a bit thicker, at 12 mils, w/ a 5 mil Dot.
I don’t have to change them as often as the original C.S. Dot batters, but I should change even them more often than I actually do. For some reason, I’ve always felt comfortable w/ the sound of my heads once they’re really worn in. I’ve heard & read that from other drummers in interviews. Although my current tom/snare batter heads are pretty worn for wear, the sound is very much still in tune & pleasing to my ears. & when it comes to my kick batter heads-forget it! I actively used my Sonor Designer kit for 5 years & never changed the clear P3 head, believe it or not. I had a double Remo Falam Slam impact patch on it & it never let me down. I guess that’s why I love Remo so much. I’ve had students that used Evans, & they’re heads never lasted as long as mine (& our amount of activity was comparable). My own teacher endorses Aquarian & has since 2003. He gets a great amount of mileage from his model choices, & he’s very active in the drumming community here in PA.
I guess that it all in the drummer’s own preference! I tell my students that if their heads are still staying in tune & they feel confident that they won’t break in the middle of practice or a performance, then keep them on. As I aforementioned, many drummers prefer the sound of a ‘broken in’ head as opposed to a new one, just as many drummers like to play cymbals that are ‘broken in’ as opposed to brand new ones-Charlie Watts being one of those drummers.
Thanks & be well.