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Old 03-29-2019, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default Bass drum head materials...

Bespeaking BDF is mostly for Pipers.....No bites on my belo thread posted in the ‘Drum’...section...

So....

A rousing slippering of the drum by the BD in this video

https://youtu.be/k4gBykQylm4

Any ideas what ( if) different drum head material or dampening would give this somewhat old style flat sound facilitated by hard mallets. Reminiscent of a fife and drum band sound....maybe it’s that simple an answer though,to me, quite a departure by the RHRBW for a pipe band. Sounds ‘good’ though as a change up.
Sort of unorthodox beating protocol employed too....wondered if HRH had to authorize that via Inchdrewer House.
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Old 03-29-2019, 02:56 PM   #2
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Really enjoyable vid!
Reminds me of Marine Corp Band BD sound, like a small caliber cannon being fired every time he hits the drum. All he needs is a wooden mallet. A no nonsense style of drumming, very authoritive. I like the alternate left and right pounding too!
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Old 03-29-2019, 06:23 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tucker Fleming


I like the alternate left and right pounding too!




That's because his arm... right or left... is
getting... very... very... tired... :)





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Old 03-30-2019, 12:59 PM   #4
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Default Re: Bass drum head materials...

Probably not Kevlar. Some of the head manufacturers use different densities of Mylar for drum and banjo heads. There's a style of banjo head called "renaissance" which is not as "pingy" as the usual Remo Weather King- perhaps there's a bass drum equivalent.
Back when I was a High School Band Director a lifetime ago, Remo WeatherKing was the most common head. A lot of us used to put a strip of cloth about a foot wide across the diameter of teh drum to tone it down a bit.

It won't quite sound like the old hide heads, but may help get to what you're looking for.
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Old 03-30-2019, 01:58 PM   #5
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Yeah. Irene ber those WeatheKing heads from my drum days.made a bit n
Mottled to look like goatskin sort of
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:01 AM   #6
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I wish more bass drummers would play this way on parade..so many are playing competition style, airbrushing the drum head as if they are afraid to hit the damn thing..now, that's a Pipe band...The Black Watch..9 Pipers sounding like a brigade..starts and stops crack on..drummers playing with panache between sets...not that lazy street beat stuff that's so common..I see so many bands with members parading out of step here in the USA... bands take note...this is how to stay in step...what a shame that Regimental Pipe bands need a load of squaddies ahead of them fully armed with automatic weapons in order to parade in their own country..something is far amiss in the UK..forum regulations prevent me from spelling it out here but you get my drift why that's so..never thought I would see the day...bloody shame
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:00 AM   #7
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The BD is keeping beat for the whole column...needs to be loud!
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Old 03-31-2019, 03:50 PM   #8
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It's not just the head, it's also the mallets. He's using "potato mashers" (i.e. hard mallets), not competition mallets. The head is definitely by Remo.
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