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Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head  12 in.

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Evans Onyx tom heads are made with two plies of 7.5 mil film that provide improved durability while giving your drums strong projection and attack. O...Click To Read More About This Product

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Midnight black heads with powerful Evans tone.

Evans Onyx tom heads are made with two plies of 7.5 mil film that provide improved durability while giving your drums strong projection and attack. Onyx drumheads have a micro-clear matte black coating for a cool dark appearance, while enhancing low-end punch.

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EvansOnyx 2-Ply Drum Head
 
4.9

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (33)

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    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (15)
  • Improves sound (15)
  • Functional (11)
  • Easy to use (10)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Practicing (12)
  • Concerts (10)
  • Back-up (6)
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    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

PERFECT

I bought a couple of these from a local music store based on an employee's advice. They cost a little more than what I used to buy, but I was hooked as soon as...Read complete review

I bought a couple of these from a local music store based on an employee's advice. They cost a little more than what I used to buy, but I was hooked as soon as I put them on my toms. They have a nice deep, solid sound. The heads don't have an excessive ring to them (I just HATE that "ping"ing sound). With other heads, I would spend an hour trying to tune out that ring. These went right on and sounded perfect. Heavy hitters like myself will find that there's no other drumhead that's closer to indestructable. As an added bonus, they look awesome on my black drums. You will not find a better drumhead than these.

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Wasn't likin' it

I'm obviously in the minority here. I like Evans heads. The G12s sound good on the toms for all-around playing (soft to loud), and the EC2 clears are similar to Remo Pinstripes,...Read complete review

I'm obviously in the minority here. I like Evans heads. The G12s sound good on the toms for all-around playing (soft to loud), and the EC2 clears are similar to Remo Pinstripes, but a little less harsh, and in my opinion best for really loud or really soft playing, but have a strange "slap" at moderate volumes. I tried the Onyx on a 14" tom - no joy. It did muffle the overtones a bit, but to get it to sound like anything other than a box required tuning it much higher than is required for the ECS's or the G12's. Apparently a lot of people like these, but I'm not one of them. I wanted to like them because they look cool, but I finally had to take the thing off the drum after I just couldn't stand the sound of it any more.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PERFECT

By Mark Kurtz

from DE

Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

I bought a couple of these from a local music store based on an employee's advice. They cost a little more than what I used to buy, but I was hooked as soon as I put them on my toms. They have a nice deep, solid sound. The heads don't have an excessive ring to them (I just HATE that "ping"ing sound). With other heads, I would spend an hour trying to tune out that ring. These went right on and sounded perfect. Heavy hitters like myself will find that there's no other drumhead that's closer to indestructable. As an added bonus, they look awesome on my black drums. You will not find a better drumhead than these.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Onyx on Snare

By erick franco

from Texas

Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

I used a 13" Evans Onyx on my snare drum for about 4 months; switching out about every two months. They are a great sounding snare head due to the dark tone but bright attack. I recently purchased a Remo Black Suede Emperor for my new Pearl Masters snare drum and it does not compare to the Onyx. The Remo head has NO coating, so it is a smooth black head. That instantly turned me off. Next, the Remo head feels thinner than the Evans version; it almost feels like a 1 ply head. It is also much more difficult to initially tune. I recommend this head over any other type of black heads on the market.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

perfect tuning...

By dr. theodore carruthers

from philly

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Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

I've used Evans for years now. I bought the onyx purely for looks but I have always used at least two ply for my toms. Mainly for tuning reasons, its just easier. These heads were surprising. They tune perfectly and quickly and sound almost like a single ply head with all the attack and good warm low end. love em'

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THATS THE SOUND I WAS LOOKING FOR

By ANIMAL

from SHARON PA

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • None

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  • All Around Uses
  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

I BOUGHT AQUARIAN HEADS WITH THE BUILT IN STUDIO RING-THEY WOULDNT STAY TUNED TO MY LIKING-- SO I BOUGHT THE EVANS BLACK ONYX 2 PLY HEADS-- PUT THEM ON TOP AND THE AQURIANS ON THE BOTTOM --I PUT A SET OF AQUARIAN ADD ON RINGS ON -MAN YOU SHOULD HEAR THOSE PEARL EXPORTS THUNDER---PRAISING GOD.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, Durable Drumheads

By Matt

from South Carolina

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  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

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    Best Uses

    • Recording

    Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

    I purchased these heads for my toms after listening to some samples of how these heads sound on the evans website. I was first made aware of these heads by reading other reviews praising the durability of these drumheads. I will concur that these heads are extremely durable. Though I didn't list any cons, I will say that a downside for some drummers might be that with the extra durability of these heads there is loss resonance and some tone. If you really enjoy the sustain on your toms these may not be the heads for you. I tend to tune my toms rather high (think Neil Peart's sound from the late 80's-mid 90's) so with these heads I found that my higher tuning practice increased attack and gave me a tone which quickly died after the initial hit. This worked well with my playing style (fusion style playing) so I found the sound pleasing to me.

    What I found surprising is how well the heads record. I have a little home studio and upon playback of some recordings I have done, the toms still have a punchy sound to them. With the increased attack, the toms came through well in the mix and the quick little doubles I often like to employ can be clearly heard.

    My personal conclusion would be that these heads work well in a medium to lower tuning range. If you're a drummer looking for durablitiy without giving up a whole lot of sound, try these heads out.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By ncfc66

    from New Haven, CT

    Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

    The title says it all these heads are amazing. I own a pearl set and I used these heads to replace the generic pearl heads. My drum set instantly sounded like Alex Van Halen or Tommy Lee's set. These heads are simple to tune and deliver that deep punch I was searching for. Buy these heads.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Evans Onyx

    By Brando-UGEzw

    from Indiana

    Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

    These heads are really nice if you want lots of punch and less resonance, but beware: do not use on your snare. It sounds horrible on snares, but they're really nice for toms. Overall, a rather nice head.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    it is a most execellent head bill

    By punkdrummerboy86

    from houston, tx

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    Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

    i have been playing drums for ten years now, and i have tried every head possible. this one is by far the best. i have mine on a ddrum diatribe 12x9 birch tom, and i must say even paired with the stock ressonant head it sounds amazing. i play in a heavy punk almost metal band and it gives that deep dark tom sound and it will blow minds. buy this tom.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    BIG orchestral/doom sound

    By Scott

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

    Lacking a sharp attack, hence only 4 of 5 stars, these nonetheless make your toms sound twice as thunderous (my 10" tom sounds like an 18" now) but without added volume. They're actually a little quieter on average than the stock Remo heads on my maple Pearl toms. But the soft-to-loud dynamics are improved with these so you can get loud if you want, but not when you don't want (as with a ballad).

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great two-ply heads

    By RIneuron

    from RI

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    Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

    Very easy to tune. Made my vintage Ludwigs sound much better than single ply heads---good attack and low sustain, but still full sound. Good for rock or pop in small rooms.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Inexpensive upgrade

    By IsuckAtDoubleBass

    from ohio

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        Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

        Bought 10, 12 , and 14 inch heads for a Yamaha Stage Custom kit that has been through heck and back. Replaced my old Genera's with these heads and my toms sound like toms again. I was a bit skeptical at first because of the matte finish, but, was impressed once I put them on.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent!!!

        By MattieDrummin

        from Charlotte, NC

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        Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

        These are the first Evans Heads I have ever used. I was solely going on word of mouth on these. Glad I made the decision to buy 'em. These things look great and sound even better. I replaces stock heads on a new (lower end) drum set and it made them sound like I paid a LOT more than I did for them. I am very pleased with these.

         
        5.0

        Great balance of price, quality, and sound!

        By Andrew

        from NE Ohio

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

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          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

          I've only had them for about 2 weeks but have already gigged, recorded, and practiced on them several times and can say the 360 design that Evans now has for ALL of their heads is a great innovation. These heads are nicely coated, easy to tune, have a nice dark & warm tone, and are honestly just a great bang for your buck for any level of play!

           
          5.0

          Controlled, rich / dark tone...

          By Tryp

          from Fort Worth, TX

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              Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

              I recently tried the Onyx heads on my maple Ludwigs (Centenials) in 12, 14 and 16". I have them over clear G1's as reso heads. In the past I've tried EC2 coated but have mainly stuck with the tried and true coated G2 over clear G1's. The Onyx heads definitely are what Evans says they are if you look at the sound profile on the Evans site. I like my toms tuned in the lower range and these heads deliver good tone and feel, but roll off the long sustain and overtone. On each tom, I have 1 Drumtac, but I think I could probably run them wide open with no dampening and they'd sound great depending on the room. I picked up a set of Remo Clear Vintage Emperors at the same time and after testing both, decided to start with the Onyx for the upcoming round of venues I was booked for. They're similar thicknesses on the 2 plys, but obviously a different animal with the clear Vintage Emperor having that brighter attack comparably. I will say though that I've come to the realization that I prefer the Evans level 360 heads over the Remo profile. They just fit and tune so much easier for me. Just my preference. If you're having a hard time with overtones or that wobbly twang in your tom sounds, these may be a good option to try. I would recommend them in conjunction with a Tunebot. I have spent some good time working with these heads, my drums and the Tunebot to find that tuning that I like for my setup on each drum. Just remember that your drums, the heads you use, your tuning and even your stick choice will play a factor in your sound. If I had to describe the sound I get with these heads in a few words, I'd say controlled, rich, dark tone.

               
              5.0

              I'd buy this product again

              By Sticks

              from Selinsgrove Pa

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                  Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

                  The band is busy and evans comes through great product

                   
                  5.0

                  Dark & Musical!

                  By Add_Rock

                  from Keene, NH

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                      Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

                      The Evans Onyx heads sound dark yet musical. They provide the exact sound and feel I was looking for.

                       
                      5.0

                      Dark & Musical!

                      By Add_Rock

                      from Keene, NH

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                          Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

                          The Evans Onyx heads sound dark yet musical. They provide the exact sound and feel I was looking for.

                           
                          5.0

                          Killer Looks, Killer Sound.

                          By Dave Who Drums

                          from Greensburg, Pa

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Great Looking
                          • Improves Feel
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

                            I recently resurrected an old drum kit from my storage room and was bummed by how awful they sounded... then again the heads were easily 8 years old so I replaced all the skins, batter and reso with these evans onyx series and it improved the sounds and feel unbelievably. It's one thing if you change your heads on a regular basis but it's a whole other kind of instant gratification when you swap heads after sooooo long.

                             
                            5.0

                            Interesting Head: A Must

                            By who me?

                            from Philadelphia

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                            Pros

                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality
                            • Improves Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

                              When it came time to replace stock heads on my Pearl " Soundcheck " Toms, the 12 inch Mounted Tom was matched with an Evans EC Resonate clear head with the broken dampening circle. I want another Onyx head for a different Tom. First of all the over volume of the Tom increased as did the texture of the sound. It's 13 inch counter part plywood drum has the Evans Coated 2 ply ( white ) and I have a serious interest in increasing the number of Onyx to other Toms. It's a better batter head. The over all performance of the this Mahogany drum is great. I now question what is better about other brand Toms and other Pearl Models. Get the Onyx and see the difference. It's a whole new meaning to " Black Power."

                               
                              5.0

                              MY PERSONAL CHOICE

                              By ANIMAL

                              from SHARON PA

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Functional
                              • Improves Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Concerts
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Evans Onyx 2-Ply Drum Head:

                                WOULD NOT USE ANY OTHER HEADS ON MY TOMS.

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