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Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead 12 IN

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Your tom has got to be big and fat, and the Hydraulic heads from Evans deliver. The Hydraulic Black features 2 black-finished plies filled with a lay...Click To Read More About This Product

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Go Hydraulic Black for all the thick, wet '70s sound you can handle.

Your tom has got to be big and fat, and the Hydraulic heads from Evans deliver. The Hydraulic Black features 2 black-finished plies filled with a layer of oil, which acts as a muffler to increase your attack without messing up the feel of the head. The attack is very solid with a quick, controlled sustain that rules for rock, live or in the studio.

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  • 2 - 6.5mil plies
  • Black finished
  • Oil filled
  • Fat and wet sound
  • Solid attack
  • Controlled, quick sustain
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EvansHydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead
 
4.7

(based on 44 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Good quality (12)
  • Improves sound (12)
  • Functional (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Concerts (6)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hydraulic Batter Heads and Tuning

Evens makes quality drum heads. I have used them along with others. They measure up to the standards set by Remo. Remo has been there forever. I played Remo heads when I was...Read complete review

Evens makes quality drum heads. I have used them along with others. They measure up to the standards set by Remo. Remo has been there forever. I played Remo heads when I was a kid. Evens heads give a viable alternative to Remo in that they are durable, the tune easily, and they produce good sound without a lot of extra work. That make them a great competitor to Remo and competition is always good because it makes both products better. So try the Evens heads but try Remo and Aquarian and see what works best for your taste.
I buy the best product for the money. Usually, I find that I get what I want while saving a few sheckles. Practice hard and become a great drummer and all these companies will give you this stuff for free so they can say you use their stuff so stop messing around and get good.
Anyone who complains of over-ring does not fully understand the tuning process. Hydraulic heads by nature dampen the sound of the drum because the oil and two ply heads decrease the vibration of the batter head. That annoying ring is caused by the differential between the batter and resonant head. I have been playing professionally for 41 years and have used all kinds of heads. The heads don't matter that much!! I know, some of you just choked on your energy drink but the only things that really matter in tuning is even tension and the relationship between top and bottom heads.
Any evenly tensioned head, tuned correctly in relation to its counterpart resonant head, will provide that great sound. Its easier to tune hydraulics to get that fat low end sound. But you can get the same sound, with more effort, from other kinds of heads. Do the work! Spend time tuning in quarter turns and get what you really want. Try different tensions between the heads. Always tune each head to moderate tension then set the drum on the carpet and do CPR to break the head over the bearing edges. Once that is accomplished, find the sweet spot with regard to tension. Get to know how each drum likes to be tuned. Each drum will perform for you if you learn how to get what you want out of it.
All head makers have dud heads that crack or seperate. Its the nature of drum heads. We beat the hell out of them. Buy quality heads then try a different set next time. Don't settle!! Professionals don't settle. Playing the same head for years may give you the sound you like but believe me, guitar players change strings because they sound dead, drummers change heads for the same reason. Otherwise play trash cans.
I've played almost every kind of music live on stages all over the country. Finding your sound doesn't matter as much as learning stick control. If you can't control the sticks, you can't use "your sound" to benefit anyone. Rudiments are the key to being the drummer you really want to be. There is no beat or fill you can possibly do that does not contain rudiments. Get a drum pad, go to vicfirth.com/education and practice, practice, practice. An hour a day minimum. Soon you will forget about the hype of who makes the best heads, sticks, blah, blah, blah.
The major drum and accessories makers all produce a pretty even product. You may have your favorites, I have mine. Find what works for you.
Just because something is expensive doesn't mean its the best. Don't buy something because its the most expensive. Buy things that work for you.

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Where Does the Sound Go?

Into the oil, dude. These heads sound really cool once they break in, and they're great for quieter situations but i can't place enough emphasis on the fact that they're Dead As Crap...Read complete review

Into the oil, dude. These heads sound really cool once they break in, and they're great for quieter situations but i can't place enough emphasis on the fact that they're Dead As Crap And they are very, very difficult to tune as comparable to other two-ply heads. The 13 inch head i ordered was defective, sent it back, got another defective one- not too happy about that. Never buying these again. You'd think these would at least be good for miking since they're dead but they sometimes have some ugly overtones that are a pain to get rid of. They don't really hold their tune, but as i said they break in pretty nicely after like 5 sessions and they are super focused, definitely don't need extra-muffling (you might as well just play underwater) I'd say they are loud enough for small churches and for practicing and that's it. For dead heads, PII's mike up alot better and give more back when you hit harder. Hydraulics just swallow up every decible they can get their greasy hands on.

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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hydraulic Batter Heads and Tuning

By Tyldagull

from Aubrey,Texas

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Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

Evens makes quality drum heads. I have used them along with others. They measure up to the standards set by Remo. Remo has been there forever. I played Remo heads when I was a kid. Evens heads give a viable alternative to Remo in that they are durable, the tune easily, and they produce good sound without a lot of extra work. That make them a great competitor to Remo and competition is always good because it makes both products better. So try the Evens heads but try Remo and Aquarian and see what works best for your taste.
I buy the best product for the money. Usually, I find that I get what I want while saving a few sheckles. Practice hard and become a great drummer and all these companies will give you this stuff for free so they can say you use their stuff so stop messing around and get good.
Anyone who complains of over-ring does not fully understand the tuning process. Hydraulic heads by nature dampen the sound of the drum because the oil and two ply heads decrease the vibration of the batter head. That annoying ring is caused by the differential between the batter and resonant head. I have been playing professionally for 41 years and have used all kinds of heads. The heads don't matter that much!! I know, some of you just choked on your energy drink but the only things that really matter in tuning is even tension and the relationship between top and bottom heads.
Any evenly tensioned head, tuned correctly in relation to its counterpart resonant head, will provide that great sound. Its easier to tune hydraulics to get that fat low end sound. But you can get the same sound, with more effort, from other kinds of heads. Do the work! Spend time tuning in quarter turns and get what you really want. Try different tensions between the heads. Always tune each head to moderate tension then set the drum on the carpet and do CPR to break the head over the bearing edges. Once that is accomplished, find the sweet spot with regard to tension. Get to know how each drum likes to be tuned. Each drum will perform for you if you learn how to get what you want out of it.
All head makers have dud heads that crack or seperate. Its the nature of drum heads. We beat the hell out of them. Buy quality heads then try a different set next time. Don't settle!! Professionals don't settle. Playing the same head for years may give you the sound you like but believe me, guitar players change strings because they sound dead, drummers change heads for the same reason. Otherwise play trash cans.
I've played almost every kind of music live on stages all over the country. Finding your sound doesn't matter as much as learning stick control. If you can't control the sticks, you can't use "your sound" to benefit anyone. Rudiments are the key to being the drummer you really want to be. There is no beat or fill you can possibly do that does not contain rudiments. Get a drum pad, go to vicfirth.com/education and practice, practice, practice. An hour a day minimum. Soon you will forget about the hype of who makes the best heads, sticks, blah, blah, blah.
The major drum and accessories makers all produce a pretty even product. You may have your favorites, I have mine. Find what works for you.
Just because something is expensive doesn't mean its the best. Don't buy something because its the most expensive. Buy things that work for you.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP

By satanagram

from wv

Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

Ahhh...Hydros. Well, i must say that I've had a love/hate relationship with these heads. After having played them for a couple of years now (same heads) I consider them to be "specialty" heads. I've played drums for 11 years and have tried many different makes and models of heads for my toms. I play an 80s Ludwig 5 pc. These heads will give you a unique sound--that much is for sure. Tuned high, they have an excellent "boing" sound that a marching band quad player would certainly appreciate. Tuned low, they sound like rolling thunder. The range in between sucks. I've tried everything to get great sounds out of these heads and have been disappointed half the time. However, I have come to realize that the optimum tuning for my style is a pretty low tuning. Tuned in this way, the heads have a loud and dead sound. If you use these heads tuned in this way, people will definitely comment on the sound of your toms because these heads provide a VERY unique sound that can be achieved in no other way (that I've tried). Good luck with these heads if you buy them. You might want to have a spare set of more conventional heads lying around. Oh, I should mention that the durability is excellent. I've used these same heads almost daily for a couple of years.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

excellent product

By Larry Law

from Plains,Kansas

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

    will buy these again

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Advanced drummer's head

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

    I have been drumming for about seven years now, and am active in two praise bands at my church. A factor I have long struggled with as a young drummer is my tuning abilities, because I have taught myself to play. These heads have a great, deep sound, and are'nt only for one type of music. For the best sound, tune the bottom head tightly, and leave the top one pretty loose (about finger press-tight, with no wobbles). These heads are'nt really made for tight-tuning, and that was how I tuned my drums as a beginner, so you may want to learn a little more about tuning and playing before you buy these heads.I now mic my drums, but you don't have to for a great sound with these heads.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Live

    By TimEvansdrumsEvans

    from Central PA

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    Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

    These are really good durably heads and they sound fantastic live! They are the easiest to tune. For starters they are great tuned low hand tightened then quarter turn, that is how you tune drums if you have money for a dial then that is cool too but they work either way. Live i get so many compliments, but do NOT record with them, i can not stress that enough! As an Audio engineer and as a long time player. Use a nice coated Evans G2, any hydralic head sounds very dead and almost like hitting wet cardboard in the studio, or even when miced up. But use them straight or with an overhead mic and they sound fantastic.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautifull

    By Sean Singiser

    from NJ

    Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

    I hit this head once after tuning and already loved it. You can feel the warmth of the head. I would deffinently say that these heads are better than g2's. Tune the head where its about a qaurter turn past finger tight and you will love it. I have my bottem head tuned a little bit higher and they sinc. very well. I would 100 recomend this head.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hey! Not JUST for toms!

    By Drum4jim

    from Raleigh, North Carolina

    Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

    Ok, this head has completley changed my perspective on my snare. I have a deep dish steel. I have an emperor resonant too. I have the 14 inch black hydraulic as a batter. The batter is tuned fairly high. I also tuned my resonant higher than standered. I didn't believe the sound I got out of it! It mimics a maple snare with a little bit of high end but still loud! Without this head my snare would be a worthless steel shell. Remember, not just for toms guys.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Evans Hydraulic Black Batter Drumhead 18"

    By Tyldagull

    from Aubrey,Texas

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    Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

    Overall, I see Evans as equal competition in the drum head world. They set high standards and that makes the difference.
    I use this head on my 18" Ludwig floor tom from 1978. It gave me that classic tone I needed. I played this head, with mic live, the very same day I received it. 7000 watts of power for my kick and floor tom through a sub can't lie. Serious bottom tone. My 78 Ludwigs make the biggest difference but this head allowed the real tone of my drum have its optimum effect.
    Good quality. No popping or cracking while tightening the head down on the drum. That means a good solid ring at the connection point. I tried to get it to pop by doing CPR on the drum but all that happened was that the head formed all the more to the bearing edge. Awesome
    This head was several dollars cheaper than the Remo pinstripes I normally use but no discernable difference in quality or sound.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I will keep buying this product

    By Colt

    from Wv

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

      Myself I am using this as a snare head . It is the first head I have been able to get a deep punch out of with little effort

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      indestructible thunder

      By Bodog

      from Salisbury NC

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Very Heavy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

        These are definitely as advertised. Very heavy with a quick decay and a thunderous boom. I would say they are indestructible and you feel like you can beat the heck out of them. I still prefer the remo pinstripes for recording as they have a very light overtone. These are great for rock or heavy metal and especially great for live music.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just what I wanted

        By Lobo1023

        from Blackwood, NJ

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

          Wanted heads that sounded great but also allowed my neighbor's some respite. Got my kit set up in my upstairs bedroom for practice/fun. These heads really did the job of getting my 72 Slingerland Champagne Sparkle set in perfect condition for reliving some great memories.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great heads for the money

          By redhotryder

          from Croydon, PA

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          Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

          I feel real sorry for these guys who wrote here before me because they probably don't know how to tune heads.I have had my Evans for 13 years now,been playing for 29 years,and their the blue ones,but hydraulic anyways.I'm 36 years old.They are the best heads I have ever played on,and I played on every head maker there is.Yes they have a lot of overring,but that's just an after-effect.To get the sound I wanted when I first got these heads all those years ago I use 2 felt strips on the batter head and one felt on the resonant floor tom ,no felt on the resonant toms.-which My drums are Ludwigs.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Hydraulic=oily waste

          By TUNDRAMAN-XfBOk

          from Sunny SoCal

          Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

          I bought these to get the classic rock thud. What I got was 2 split heads within a month,and I don't pound hard. I put these on my TAMA practice kit, thinking they would give a nice deep fat sound. What I found was they have a narrower tuning range than I expected and 2 of the 3 split at the top ebony layer very quickly. I've never broken a head until these, and I've been playing for 20+ years! Nope, pinstripes heads for me after this. If they don't get fat enough sound, then I'll tune lower and use moongel or tape! Seriosly, pinstripes are designed for playing live and nobody except the drummer hears the ring over the guitars anyway...we get too hung up on "over-ring" sometimes.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for getting a nice deep tone, easy to tune!

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

          I really like this product.Eventhough it may cost more thanother heads, it is worth it all the way if you are trying to get low definition without any unwanted ring. It allows some ring, but it is all deep rather than high pitched. The black, also, looke really nice on most color drumsets.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Killin' it

          By Illegaltg

          from Bloomsburg PA

          Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

          I got the blue hydraulics for my 70's ludwig, and the toms destroy. I also have the evans genera glass as resonants, and the sound of the toms is unbelievable. The lower toms take more time to tune, but once you get it right it was worth the while

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          5.0

          THEE BEST HEAD EVER!

          By Drum4Life-9J4Na

          from Minnesota

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          Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

          This is the best drumhead I have ever seen, heard or felt. They look good with any kind of drum you have. They sound AMAZING, if you tune them right. My buddys all thought that they were worth more than what I paid for them, I have them on all of my toms, and I have just purchased one for my kick, too. Great work, Evans!

           
          5.0

          Best drum head ever!

          By Animal.

          from Illinois

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

              Evans has had this brand since the early 70 so I would call this a home run. Hands down the only drum head I will ever play!

               
              5.0

              they have their place...

              By boomboom

              from pittsburgh pa

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

                  I still love the good old Evans Hydros! not on every drum all the time, but on certain shells tuned correctly they can sound great. I especially love them on my concert toms--gives that classic 70s thump but with plenty of tone just under the initial hit. and they are very durable which is a plus given the cost of new heads nowadays. just another tool in the toolbox--i hope they never stop making these heads.

                   
                  5.0

                  They do as advertised...

                  By boomboom

                  from pittsburgh pa

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                  Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

                  These fit the bill perfectly on my lower-end Ludwig Accent kit & I really love 'em on my Pearl PTE concert-tom kit. They are not for every drumset (or drummer) out there, but they certainly do a great job for me, depending on which kit I use them on. Just another tool in the toolbox. I prefer the Evans EC2's on my maple-shelled Mapex & clear Vistalite kits, but they can work wonders on an overly-ringy, unruly snare as well. Great to have options & Evans delivers big time!

                   
                  5.0

                  Deep, dark, heavy metal sound.

                  By Masch

                  from St. Louis

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                  Comments about Evans Hydraulic Black Tom Batter Drumhead:

                  Rock drumming in a practice room. Deep, dark sound with very little overtones. I have a young drummer that wants to sound like all his metal heroes and this does the trick.

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