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    This is something interesting I've noticed--drum head compaines offer snare heads and tom heads separately.


    Anybody have any insight into this?

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    Yes. Snares and Toms sound different. Hence, different heads that best serve the different sounds.

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    • 1001gear
      1001gear commented
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      A quick check shows Evans [yes] Remo [no]



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  • #3
    The chance that they'd bundle my desired snare head with my desired tom heads is a pretty big crap shoot. Makes sense to me to keep 'em separate.
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    • #4

      danrothmusic wrote:

      This is something interesting I've noticed--drum head compaines offer snare heads and tom heads separately.

       Anybody have any insight into this?

      I often wondered about this, Dan. The Scot in me says "marketing," but I wonder - does a coated Remo Ambassador snare have any differences to a coated Remo Ambassador tom head?

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      • #5

        I don't know exactly but "snare" heads used to mean the head just for the bottom of the snare drum. It's thinner than an average head so that the head can vibrate more freely when the top head is hit and allows the snares to vibrate easier and more freely. Or I have seen where it describes the types of regular or toms heads that can also be used as snare heads. Such as a Remo coated Ambassador has been used for snare heads for years as well as tom heads.   Same "general" things you may want in tom head but not a snare head:  *Two or more plys (deadens a snare) *Oil filled or highly muffled heads (deadens a snare) * a totally clear head with no center dot or outer ring to contain over rings ( you need a coated head to play brushes on the snare well, control dots in the center and rings around the edges (built in or not) can help keep the snare from overtones and rings when playing without choking the overall snare sound that much. My Two Cents....

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        • lossforgain
          lossforgain commented
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          There is no difference.

          Remo doesn't list heads by application, they sell them by type/model.

          Evans lists heads by potential application, but they are still sold by type/model. You can't order a G1 coated head that is specific to snare drums or toms, it's just a G1 coated.

          There is no difference.

          Even if drumheads came with "snare batter" or "tom batter" written on them, you would still have to decide what head sounds best for your drum. Would you not consider putting a head that says "tom" on your snare drum? Unlikely that it would matter. 

          There is no difference.

          Cymbals are the same way. Some say "ride" and some say "crash" but don't most of us sometimes crash our rides and ride our crashes? The ink label doesn't tell us what will work, our ears do. 

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