Henry II wrote:Funny, I keep the same heads on my drums for years at a time. To me, as long as I don't dent the heads (and I rarely do), the older the head, the better it sounds. I change batter side snare heads when the coating or texture is too smooth to get a good brush sound on it.
That is always interesting to me. On one hand you have super expensive, highly researched drums that are designed through numerous angles to resonate the most they possibly can.. PHX's for example. And players who are renown for having amazing drum sounds.. Dave Weckl for example.
And then you have people who really enjoy that muffled, dead(ish) drum sound. Which is totally cool.
It's like, as someone said previously in this thread, you get people with expensive drums and the most dead heads, it makes you wonder. I saw a PHX set with pinstripes and duct tape on it recently, it's like looking at a Ferrari with flat tires towing a trailer.
Then again, I've never been in a studio that kept worn heads around because they sound better *shrug*