OT - The New Evans MX Black Heads

Anyone have a word on these or try them out?  They've got sets for the tenors and basses (1 and 2 ply) and I was curious if anyone had any experience with them yet. 

Sounds good Chris.  I can't wait to read your review...
Sounds good - thanks.
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Hey Chris,

I've used the Evans white tenor heads (MXT) and bass heads (MX1) for the last three years.  The tenor heads (6";, 10";, 12";, 13";, 14";) haven't been a problem.  The sound is a good tone that is slightly dry; at least to me.  Same goes for the bass heads (16";, 18";, 20";, 22";, 26";, 30";).  While the muffling has shifted on bass #6, we've never had any problem with the felt staying in place.  We are considering the use of the black heads for next year, too. 

I would also be interested in hearing from anyone that has used Evans black heads recently.
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I know I'll be picking up a set of tenor heads to demo in my winter percussion ensemble.  I'll let you know and post a mini-review when I eventually get them.
[quote author=Cadet311 link=topic=2250.msg11833#msg11833 date=1201036908]One of the lines I worked with this season used the Evans with the muffle strips (I forget the model no.) and one or two rattled loose on bass 5 all the time.

Anyone have that problem or surefire ways to defeat that?�� I might have to get a set of tenor heads and demo them.
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Hey Chris,

I've used the Evans white tenor heads (MXT) and bass heads (MX1) for the last three years.  The tenor heads (6";, 10";, 12";, 13";, 14";) haven't been a problem.  The sound is a good tone that is slightly dry; at least to me.  Same goes for the bass heads (16";, 18";, 20";, 22";, 26";, 30";).  While the muffling has shifted on bass #6, we've never had any problem with the felt staying in place.  We are considering the use of the black heads for next year, too. 

I would also be interested in hearing from anyone that has used Evans black heads recently.
Honestly, I've always enjoyed the sounds of darker heads.  When I was in HS, we used black tenduras, ebony pinstripes and ebony bass heads, and the drums were black.  I enjoyed that look.  The fact that Evans has a whole lineup of black heads is really enticing.  One of the lines I worked with this season used the Evans with the muffle strips (I forget the model no.) and one or two rattled loose on bass 5 all the time.

Anyone have that problem or surefire ways to defeat that?  I might have to get a set of tenor heads and demo them.
For what it is worth, I think the Evans bass heads are the JAM!  Granted I have not used the Remo version but I have been using the Evans bass heads for YEARS now and they are GREAT!
I'm still sold on the Remo Powermax heads for ease of muffling and tone, but I'm also planning to use the Evans MX Frost tenor heads and the gray hybrids for indoor this year.  I prefer to use one brand across the board, but I guess I can set my OCD aside until, oh I don't know, an artist deal with either.  :)

A friend of mine sent me a set of the Evans hybrids to try out a while back and I really liked the top (gray) head.  I wasn't crazy about the hybrid bottom, I just prefer a true kevlar.  It had a nice warm sound with plenty of snare sound (I like a snare drum to sound like it actually has snares). The biggest difference was the feel.  You could get a nice crisp sound and still feel like you're playing on a drum and not a tabletop, so it's easier on the hands, which makes me feel better about making my kids play it ";just one more time";.  ;)

Just my opinion of course.
A buddy of mine is the new tenor tech for the Colts and they are using the tenor heads.  He says they sound and feel great but he is waiting to see how them hold tuning in the summer sun...
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