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Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead 8 in.

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The Black Suede Emperor drumheads feature two plies of textured ebony 7.5-mil film with a unique non-reflective look. Provides a soft feel, focused w...Click To Read More About This Product

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Two layers of textured ebony for semi-bright sound in durable heads.

The Black Suede Emperor drumheads feature two plies of textured ebony 7.5-mil film with a unique non-reflective look. Provides a soft feel, focused warmth, and enhanced mid-range tones for snare drums and toms.

Their two-ply durability makes them ideal for hard-hitting applications such as pop, rock, R & B, punk, and funk. They are also ideal for resonant heads because of their esthetic look.


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RemoBlack Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (12)
  • Good quality (11)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Functional (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Concerts (8)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fat and Punchy

These heads have great attack with a great punch on the top end and decent resonance. I put these on my vintage Ludwig Rocker kit that has deep but relatively thin birch shells. These...Read complete review

These heads have great attack with a great punch on the top end and decent resonance. I put these on my vintage Ludwig Rocker kit that has deep but relatively thin birch shells. These really woke these drums up. I also have stretched one over my wooden Ludwig Slotted Coliseum snare drum. It gives a much tighter and louder sound good resonance without a lot of ring. I like the sound much better than the coated CS Batter I had before.

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Dull thud

Looks terrific. Produces a dull thud. Tried a 12" on a Ludwig three-ply shell with maple reinforcement rings. It totally eliminates the resonance of the drum regardless of whether I used a...Read complete review

Looks terrific. Produces a dull thud. Tried a 12" on a Ludwig three-ply shell with maple reinforcement rings. It totally eliminates the resonance of the drum regardless of whether I used a coated diplomat, clear ambassador or CS resonant head. I tried a variety of tunings and could achieve a thwack or thud devoid of any musical quality. As soon as I replaced the Suede head with with a CS clear spot, the durm's resonance returned. I'm baffled, as I've been a loyal Remo customer for decades and never had an unmusical product. I have an Black Suede Emperor X snare head that was backordered. I can only hope this was a dud. I'll give this head a try on my stainless steel tom and see if it has a similar numbing effect.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fat and Punchy

By Power_Groovin66

from Orofino, ID.

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Toms And Wood Snare Drums

    Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

    These heads have great attack with a great punch on the top end and decent resonance. I put these on my vintage Ludwig Rocker kit that has deep but relatively thin birch shells. These really woke these drums up. I also have stretched one over my wooden Ludwig Slotted Coliseum snare drum. It gives a much tighter and louder sound good resonance without a lot of ring. I like the sound much better than the coated CS Batter I had before.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Studio sound

    By Bob's Deluxe

    from Metro St.louis area

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    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Pre Mixed Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Live gigs
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

      I changed the snare side "rez head" , 20 strand snare wire, and the batter head on my vintage pearl piccolo . It was over due for new heads. The snare now has a studio sound . It now sounds like it is all ready running trough a mixer when playing unplugged. It still has the piccolo "snap" with out the ringing and harsh over tones. Although the sound is a little more bass like, it retains enough crispness for that full snare sound. Awesome in blues songs.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best snare head I've ever had.

      By "Clean"

      from Central Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

        Best snare head I've ever had. 10 snares and have this head on every one of them. Must try it! The sound guy will love you.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Remo Black Suede Emperors

        By Hystel-qe_Q5

        from Alaska

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        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

        These heads sound very good. I play a 4-piece Tama Imperialstar and I bought the 12 and 16 inch heads. I came from using Clear Evans Ec2's and I have to say I like these better. They really bring out the sound of the drum instead of creating a weird organic tone like most other heads I have used. I can't really describe it, but my toms seem so much more alive and present in the mix. The attack is actually considerably greater than I had expected and they resonate beautifully when tuned correctly. However, these heads really seem to bring out the inconsistencies in tension around the head, so make sure your tuning is spot on, or get a drumdial. The black suede look is very cool and sophisticated, and contrary to what has been said in many of these reviews, I have had even less of a problem with stick marks with these than my EC2's. However, I have a huge hand print on my floor tom head from when I was seating it, but eh, sound is really all that matters, and it isn't even that noticable. If you want to have beautiful, resonant, warm tone, get these heads. If you want more of a dead thump sound, and for your kit to not sound too "drummy" get some EC2's.

        (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Very Unhappy

        By RICO D.

        from Kansas

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • No Positive

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

        I got this head because I was told it was comparible to the Evans Hydraulic. I needed to replace a broken head in a hurry and the Evans head was out of stock. This head is extremely hard to tune and in no way compares in tone. Recommend you also buy some form of muffling to reduce the over rings. I never mix and match my heads,but was in a tight spot. I have since replaced all my heads as I would normally do. But I DO NOT and WILL NOT recommend or use this head again!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        DRUMHEADS WITH A PURPOSE!

        By skinsman36

        from ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • DEEP SOUND
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • Rock Oriented Heads

        Cons

        • Little pricey

        Best Uses

        • Live Mic'd drums

        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

        As a working drummer playing at least 2-3 times per week I am very impressed with the purchase of these black suede heads for my kit. I play Pearl Reference Series and can say that from a high end drum, these heads are perfect for live rock shows. I do recommend that these heads be used on higher quality shells as they are very heavy and can sound dead on cheaper kits. I am no saying I have the best, just saying that a good resonant shell really makes these heads shine!!!!! The Black X and snare side heads are killer on my 6-1/2 brass shell snare and the toms have just enough sustain and resonance to make you sound big, phat, and mean business like....

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        For that loud CRACK!

        By Carlos Padilla

        from San Francisco C.A.

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        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

        I have these on top and bottom of my picalo and it makes it that much more powerful with a loud crack.It still lets you tune it so it still has great tones. Its simply wicked!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Black Suede Emperors Review

        By Alex Chettiath

        from Redlands, Ca

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        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

        The drum heads are amazing. These are thick heads so they last long. they produce a nice sound and is great for tuning. I have them as the batter side of my toms and I tune them to have a low tune pitch. They have a nice ring and it does go "boom" so to me they are really awesome.
        Great looks and it is a very good shade of black. Looks better than the ebonies.
        They are pretty good price vise, but like always, it could be better if it was two dollars cheaper.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome drumheads!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

        Great heads for all ages. They play extremly well and they last a long time. I've been playing them off and on. The last time I replaced my drum heads two years ago I bought one for my snare and it show only a few dents. They are a whole lot better than the ebony ambassadors that I have on my toms!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great and diverse

        By Carl-cjr6v

        from Indianapolis

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        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

        I just bought these and they are fantastic! i was looking for a more diverse sound than the evans hydraulic for different playing styles. I put these on top under high tension with the hydraulics on bottom at low tension and the result was a beautiful, crisp, open tone with fast decay. Be sure you have good playing zones before buying these because you will see every stick mark! I highly recommend these heads

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Warm, full and punchy,,,Tastes Great!

        By Vinnie Stix

        from Philly

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        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

        Recently placed these heads on the 10,12,14,and 16 inch toms of my DW Collectors kit. They tune up to just about perfect pitch as I have the toms tuned in fourths. They are warm, full with nice attack and just the right amount of sustain, about 3 seconds from striking the head to fade out. I have tried every head combo imaginable and I have finally found my perfect sound. I am using Aquarian Classis Clears (black) as resonant heads. Hope this helps in your quest for your perfect tom sound.

         
        5.0

        SEE MY OTHER REVIEW ON THESE

        By Bill

        from Nashua, NH

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

          SAME AS THE 8"

           
          5.0

          SOLVES THAT NASTY RING

          By Bill

          from Nashua, NH

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

            Very tunable and durable. Very easy to get the exact tone you want. And on Pearl Decade red sparkle drums they look fantastic.

            Service and delivery comments:

            As always super fast shipping from Musician's Friend.

             
            5.0

            Yes

            By Big gonzo

            from Nevada

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

              Love the sound of them

               
              5.0

              I would buy these again

              By Ang

              from Ct

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

                  I recently was reviewing drum heads. I wasn't happy with the clear pearl heads, 1 ply I've been using. So I found these and liked what I read. After using them I've found them to be simply AWESOME!!! The sound was perfect, exactly what I have been looking for. Only regret is that I didn't purchase them sooner

                   
                  5.0

                  warm sound, nice "punchy" type sound. easy to tune.

                  By oldshifty

                  from Bowling Green, Ohio

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

                    put these on a mid 70's slingerland chrome over wood set. the set sounded like a kit that was a new type set, but still has classic looks

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great drum head at a great price!

                    By Razor

                    from Maryland

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

                      I have been dealing with Musicians Friend for the last few years for all of my drumming wants and needs and in my opinion they are by far the best in the Industry. Great products, Great service and Great prices ( not to mention free shipping ). I love these Remo Black Suede Emperor heads and have them top & bottom on all my drums. I will be back again and again!

                       
                      5.0

                      Very nice

                      By Joeysticks

                      from Berkshires, MA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

                        Very nice warm sound, the coating adds just the right amount of damping, just what I've been looking for. Plus they look amazing on my mirror chrome Pearl Export kit. Been around the block and I've come back to REMO... Now I wonder why I ever left.

                         
                        5.0

                        AMAZING

                        By yoitztune

                        from Hendersonville, TN

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Color
                        • Durability
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Feel
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound
                        • Not As Much Overtones

                        Cons

                        • Tuning

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

                        These heads first of all are amazing. I have used Remo on and off for years but I finally thought I would give them a chance and man was I right. Out of the box these heads have like a hybrid feel between a coated and clear head. With that being said the sound is great. Not too much ring and it sounds punchy. I bought the kick drum version of this for a 22' and it has this nice mix of a punch sound mixed with a "click" sound. Tuning these heads can be a pain though. I have them on top and bottoms of my drums. It creates a sound that like a studio sound so like you are sitting in the room with the other guys and the drummer is playing in the other. Hands down these are the best heads I have ever used. I thought that doing the top and bottom heads like this would be terrible, for me I found my sound. I think I will try the white versions of these heads also. If you want a snare head that matches these use a Black X. I bought that and it is SUPER strong. I beat it to death and it holds up without a problem. I can't wait to mic these up soon! My kit is a Pearl Session Studio Classic and the wood is birch and kapur so I'm excited to hear these mic'd up.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Better than what I had, but still misses

                        By Domineone

                        from DFW, Texas

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                        Comments about Remo Black Suede Emperor Batter Drumhead:

                        Put this head on a 16" floor tom. I had an Aquarian on there, and yes, I like this better. But I'll be experimenting with something else. can't really get this tuned to where I like it....it's just alright

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