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    i've got my acoustic kit delivered yesterday and i've set it up as acoustic to play while i fiddle around with triggers and what not. i'm really unsure what to do regarding the conversion, whether to baffle the drums and keep the mylar heads or go mesh. unfortunately i can't go to a local drum store and try a variety of heads so opinions would be welcome on all aspects of the heads you use, feel, durability etc. do any of the mesh heads actually compare to a mylar head?

    the mesh heads i have available to buy are:-

    roland - reasonable price 84 inc tdrum 18"bd
    tdrum - cheap 43
    meshheadz - very cheap but not in the sizes i need
    heart - 126 very expensive
    ddt - 62
    drumtec - 39 very cheap
    drumtec pro - 120 very expensive again

    thanks.

  • #2
    I use DIY mesh and it works reasonably well, but does stretch if you hit it too hard.... The advantages is that you can make them any size
    My current DIY Edrums project -
    http://picasaweb.google.com/seanwhitley2000/DIYEDrums

    Freecycle your old stuff and get stuff for free!
    http://www.freecycle.org/

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    • #3
      do you think it's worthwhile making your own? after material costs and time do you end up with anything better than the tdrum/drumtec stuff at £40 a set?

      how would you describe the dynamics of the home made, very subtle bounce detail, needs a heavy hand etc?

      cheers.

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      • #4
        £6 got me three dual ply heads. £4 on the insect screen material and £2 for coaxial cable for the head rims. I dont know if there better than manufactured heads because ive never used tdrum etc heads before. They seem fine to me but thats compared to my old drum kit pads which were plastic. The dynamics and how hard you need to hit depend more on the module settings than the actual head. My DIY are rather bouncy but Ive never really played a real kit so I cant compare properly. Hopefully someone else can give a better comparison of DIY to manufactured...
        My current DIY Edrums project -
        http://picasaweb.google.com/seanwhitley2000/DIYEDrums

        Freecycle your old stuff and get stuff for free!
        http://www.freecycle.org/

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        • #5
          I have a brand new set of hart magnum heads white for sale.

          22 inch, 16inch, 13,inch, 12 inch. 70 quid all in.

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          • #6
            Mesh Heads?
            Birmingham Drum Centre;

            http://www.birminghamdrumcentre.co.u...productid=2706

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            • #7
              Originally posted by seanwhitley2000 View Post
              6 got me three dual ply heads. 4 on the insect screen material and 2 for coaxial cable for the head rims. I dont know if there better than manufactured heads because ive never used tdrum etc heads before. They seem fine to me but thats compared to my old drum kit pads which were plastic. The dynamics and how hard you need to hit depend more on the module settings than the actual head. My DIY are rather bouncy but Ive never really played a real kit so I cant compare properly. Hopefully someone else can give a better comparison of DIY to manufactured...
              so, maybe about 15/20 for a full set inc kick. cheers dude, thanks for the info.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by spanner View Post
                I have a brand new set of hart magnum heads white for sale.

                22 inch, 16inch, 13,inch, 12 inch. 70 quid all in.
                all the wrong sizes unfortunately. why are you selling?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jemmo View Post
                  Mesh Heads?
                  Birmingham Drum Centre;

                  http://www.birminghamdrumcentre.co.u...productid=2706
                  they don't have my sizes jemmo.

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                  • #10
                    Im looking into a website for mesh insect screen and waiting for a free sample. Its http://www.flyscreenqueen.co.uk/heavydutydoors.htm They have heavy duty insect screen which may be a lot stronger and work better for heads. The site sells mesh for £5.99 a metre, and a metre gets 3 11.5 inch dual ply heads. My mesh was from a hardware shop for £4 a metre

                    I would give manufactured heads a try but my DIY drums are 11.5 inches wide!
                    My current DIY Edrums project -
                    http://picasaweb.google.com/seanwhitley2000/DIYEDrums

                    Freecycle your old stuff and get stuff for free!
                    http://www.freecycle.org/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by seanwhitley2000 View Post
                      I would give manufactured heads a try but my DIY drums are 11.5 inches wide!
                      making your life so much easier

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                      • #12
                        I was planning a full DIY, but decided on making some 12 inch pads instead. Photo's to come when finished

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                        • #13
                          I cant remember the name off the top of my head, but walmart sells black vinyl screen, and next to it is a similar roll of screen, but is made to block more sun. Look closely and you can see the difference. The sun blocking screen is MUCH more durable. I used three layers and dont have a dent in mine in over two years.

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                          • #14
                            The original question named the aspects of feel and durability specifically.

                            The most durable are the Hart, Drum-Tec, and Roland heads.

                            The ones that come closest to an acoustic feel are the Drum-Tec and Hart. And those two both also come in a wide variety of sizes suitable for converting kits.

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                            • #15
                              thanks chris, do you mean the drumtec pro's specifically?

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