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Any reason to periodically replace mesh heads?

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  • Any reason to periodically replace mesh heads?

    It occurs to me I've never replaced any of my mesh heads on my roland pads for well over 15+ years. Only rarely do I even need to give em a slight crank. They work and feel fine but I'd say I'm just used to them too. They look fine.

    But just wondering if there's any reason to replace them to get a better feel and rebound? Are there better heads than the stock ones?

    I have a mix of PD100-PD125'sd.



  • #2
    I’m in pretty much the same position as you. I can’t see any reason to replace them. I do replace the piezo elements and foam cones in my snare pad every 3-4 years however.

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    • #3
      Why replace the piezos and cones? What problem were they exhibiting?

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      • #4
        i dont replace **** unless it gives issues....That old Roland gear can be run into the ground it seems.....Amazing how durable their stuff was......

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        • #5
          Originally posted by wolfereeno2 View Post
          Why replace the piezos and cones? What problem were they exhibiting?
          When cone start to wear, dynamic are reduced and hotspot peak is augmented by much see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyLp3Da60uw

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          • #6
            i'm more concerned with wear/damage to the bearing edges from the mesh heads than damage to the heads themselves
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            • #7
              Really? Why bearing edge damage? I've never bothered to take the heads off but the drums are built like tanks and the heads aren't that tight.

              Anyway, are any of the other companies selling heads they feel are an upgrade to the original roland heads?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wolfereeno2 View Post
                Why replace the piezos and cones? What problem were they exhibiting?
                In my case they seem to lose sensitivity. After replacement they just track better. I assume the foam wears or compresses over time

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wolfereeno2 View Post
                  Really? Why bearing edge damage? I've never bothered to take the heads off but the drums are built like tanks and the heads aren't that tight.

                  Anyway, are any of the other companies selling heads they feel are an upgrade to the original roland heads?
                  I once realised that the caro mesh got "stamped" into the wooden bearing edge from a acoustic drum.
                  Former ddrum4 User, currently setting up new edrum Set with Millenium low-noise Cymbals with stealth conversion, Modules edrumin & drumit five, VST SD3

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