Modern Equivalent of an Evans Looking Glass

drumnut87

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cant say i've ever heard of that model of head, but from a little research it appears the remo starfire heads would be a modern equivelent, or if you like a heavier version, the aquarian reflector series.
 

someguy01

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I thought the clear hydraulics were referred to colloquially as "glass" :unsure:
Sounds like a dead thud to me. Especially with a hyd reso.
 

Stroman

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I thought the clear hydraulics were referred to colloquially as "glass" :unsure:
Sounds like a dead thud to me. Especially with a hyd reso.
No, the looking glass heads were a two-ply head with silver mirror-like film and no oil. I used to use them, and they sounded quite different from the hydraulics. In fact, they sounded unlike any other head I've tried, and had a resin flesh hoop with no metal. I remember they creaked a little as you were tuning them up. Not a cracking sound, but a soft creak.

As for a modern equivalent, I have no good suggestions because I haven't tried any new heads that are similar. The closest I have heard, though, are the ebony emperors. Not the same, by any stretch, but they capture some similarities.
 
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Thin Shell

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The current logo is completely different from the ones Neil used if that matters to you.

The heads top and bottom on his first Chrome Slingerland kit had the older logo.

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The Rosewood finish Tamas and the BlackChrome Slingerlands had the round Evans logo.

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Thin Shell

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The Evans Blackchrome or G2 might be a good place to start. They are two ply heads with no oil. Nobody makes a head with the epoxy resin hoops though, which could have contributed to their sound. Ultimately, unless you use the butt end of the stick, tune the batters really high and hit really hard, getting the same sound probably won't get you far. Even with the same heads.
 

someguy01

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I still wanna know how the sound achieved isn't just a dead thud with that head combination. Seems to me that would kill any and all tone and sustain.
Disclaimer: I am not a Rush fan and am not familiar with the sound the OP is seeking.
 

Stroman

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I still wanna know how the sound achieved isn't just a dead thud with that head combination. Seems to me that would kill any and all tone and sustain.
Disclaimer: I am not a Rush fan and am not familiar with the sound the OP is seeking.
Actually, hydraulics can have a reasonable amount of sustain when used on a two-headed drum. Not like an Ambassador, of course, but they're not that dead.
 

Iristone

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Actually, hydraulics can have a reasonable amount of sustain when used on a two-headed drum. Not like an Ambassador, of course, but they're not that dead.
To me these heads sound like thick calf heads used on traditional Chinese drums when tuned up. They don't like to be tuned low IME. And they make the snare drum crack LOUD!
 

vyacheslav

Senior Member
Remo Starfire Chrome would be what you are after. They also make a Starfire Gold as well.

 

gmiller598

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Actually, hydraulics can have a reasonable amount of sustain when used on a two-headed drum. Not like an Ambassador, of course, but they're not that dead.
I have a blue hydraulic snare head on a 14x10 Pearl Modern Utility Floor Snare and it has quite a bit of sustain. It might actually have more than my toms which have UV1 on top and clear G1 on the bottom.
 
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