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Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead 13 in.

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Constructed of two-ply 7.5 and 3-mil polyester film, this drumhead changed the art of drumming around the world as the first successful alternative t...Click To Read More About This Product

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The drumhead that changed the world in 1957!

Constructed of two-ply 7.5 and 3-mil polyester film, this drumhead changed the art of drumming around the world as the first successful alternative to calf heads. Vintage A tom heads feature the soft feel, sensitivity, and response of coated Diplomat heads and the durability of coated Ambassador heads, which are an industry standard.


These heads signaled the start of the modern drum era. Order today.

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RemoVintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead
 
4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

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80%

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Pros

  • Functional (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good quality (3)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Please..stop

These reviewers who say that this or that head is reminiscent of a particular pro drummer's sound is just killing me. Drum heads don't "make" a drummer's recorded sound..the recording...Read complete review

These reviewers who say that this or that head is reminiscent of a particular pro drummer's sound is just killing me. Drum heads don't "make" a drummer's recorded sound..the recording engineer does, along with a thousand other factors like the room, the mic, the EQ, the resonant head, the tuning, the drum shell, the stick, the way they're played, etc. etc.So, you people who insist on believing that this head will make your drums sound "like Bonham" or or anyone else are just exposing your ignorance.These heads are good. I use them because I like the way they sound on my shells, in my studio, and on stage, and that's it. They don't remind me of 1960, 1970, or 1980. They don't remind me of John Bonham or anyone else.They tune up well, they're durable, and on thin maple shells, they're especially sweet. Nice overtones and just the right amount of sustain for my tastes (with a coated Ambassador on the resonant side).

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Don't like them as much as I thought I would

Well, I had high hopes for the Vintage A, but I just don't really like them that much. I have them on snare and toms. They're decent, but definitely not the best...Read complete review

Well, I had high hopes for the Vintage A, but I just don't really like them that much. I have them on snare and toms. They're decent, but definitely not the best sounding head I've used. The only drum of mine it sounds really good on is my 14" floor tom. The rest are far too choked and dead sounding. I guess they do sound kinda vintage, but just not resonant enough.

They also seemed to wear out pretty quickly compared to emperors.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Please..stop

By Sicken Tired

from Gerogia

Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

These reviewers who say that this or that head is reminiscent of a particular pro drummer's sound is just killing me. Drum heads don't "make" a drummer's recorded sound..the recording engineer does, along with a thousand other factors like the room, the mic, the EQ, the resonant head, the tuning, the drum shell, the stick, the way they're played, etc. etc.So, you people who insist on believing that this head will make your drums sound "like Bonham" or or anyone else are just exposing your ignorance.These heads are good. I use them because I like the way they sound on my shells, in my studio, and on stage, and that's it. They don't remind me of 1960, 1970, or 1980. They don't remind me of John Bonham or anyone else.They tune up well, they're durable, and on thin maple shells, they're especially sweet. Nice overtones and just the right amount of sustain for my tastes (with a coated Ambassador on the resonant side).

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Sound Remains The Same...

By Adam13

from St. Louis

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Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

Sicken Tired is right, there are indeed many factors that go into the recorded sound of drums. But I think she maybe undervalues the selection of batter head and it?s impact on a drum?s sound either recorded or live.Given the same recording conditions of shell, mic, room, engineer etc., the recorded playback of a Vintage A will in fact sound different than say a Pinstripe or different head. To go back to the Bonham example, what recording has more variables than ?When The Levee Breaks?? The old house, stone floor, stair case, a pair of stereo mics on the second landing and Jimmy Page. I?m sure Bonham?s drumheads played a pretty dramatic role in the recorded results. It would have sounded different with different heads Recording aside, the natural, ?naked? sound of the Vintage A unapologetically reminds me of guys like Bonham, Mitch and Ringo? Some heads simply don?t have that sound. If you want to hear a Les Paul don?t plug in a Strat. And don?t send a Pinstripe to do a Vintage A?s job.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful Head!

By Monday317

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

I agree completely with JazzDrummer87, Adam13 and Big Nick--especially for toms. I have used this head on problem snares and gotten wonderful results. These are Asian-made 70s & 80s-vintage wooden snares I have restored that tended to be thin and ringy; old Luann can be that way. The Vintage A's controlled the ring and frequency response of the shells to give them a fatter tone and made them sound really nice. And as Big Nick mentioned, they make a great tom batter if you want a two-ply head and an Emperor or G2 seems too thick. I'm sorry Slammintone has seen so much trouble, but given his description of his issues, I question his tuning technique, or his snare may be out of round. These heads are great, and you can buy them with confidence! I would recommend a Vintage A as a good starting point for anyone with snare or tom batter problems.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great snare head

By Wooooooo

from South Dakota

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Pros

  • Responsive
  • Sound Good Tight Or Loose
  • Warm tone

Cons

  • Wish It Were Cheaper

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

This head SMOKES the Coated Ambassador on snare. We all know that's a "go-to" for many pros and intermediates alike. This head should be the new standard. I've tried both back to back and the Vintage A has more response, tone, and depth than the regular Coated Ambassador. The CA sounds like cheap paper, while the Vintage A sounds rich and full.

At first try I did not like this head because I was used to specialty heads like power dots and dry vents (evans). But after experimenting and throwing a moon gel on, I found that I could tweak this head to my liking, and I got the perfect sound.

I've heard these sound monstrous on toms too, but I can't comment there. This head is a beast on snare if you're not afraid to use moon gels and have a minute's worth of patience.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Drumhead

By drummerdude9215

from Louisville, KY

Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

I just reheaded the toms (12" rack and 14" floor) of my vintage '67 Ludwig Club Date kit with the Remo Vintage A's.I use Fiberskyn's on my toms and decided to give the Vintage A's a try. Improvement? No.. Just a different vibe. Less articulation than the Fiberskyn 2, but much more warmth and roundness. Great resonance also. I am going back and forth with using a moon gel or other method of muffling. Different songs call for different methods. Sounds great with and without any type of muffling treatment though.

 
5.0

Great value!

By Andy

from Pennsylvania

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      Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

      I've been using these heads for many years. They are topnotch.

       
      3.0

      Don't like them as much as I thought I would

      By Demonic Sweaters

      from NY, NY

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      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

        Well, I had high hopes for the Vintage A, but I just don't really like them that much. I have them on snare and toms. They're decent, but definitely not the best sounding head I've used. The only drum of mine it sounds really good on is my 14" floor tom. The rest are far too choked and dead sounding. I guess they do sound kinda vintage, but just not resonant enough.

        They also seemed to wear out pretty quickly compared to emperors.

         
        5.0

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        By none

        from Westlake Village, CA

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

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          • Practicing

          Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

          Great drum head for recording snare.

           
          5.0

          This is an industry standard & classic!

          By WD

          from Bowling Green KY

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          Pros

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

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            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

            As much as I love some of the Evans heads I'm using, it's hard to beat the tone and quality this head has. Everyone should at least try one. I believe you'll love it.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Drum Heads

            By HarpStrungTrees

            from Oklahoma

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            Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

            Great drum head. I would absolutely recommend to anyone.
            Great sound. Has a kind of papery attack which I really like.

            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            These dont cut it.

            By Slammintone

            from Indiana

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            Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

            I have tried three of the 14 inch versions on my beloved Gretsch American series Maple custom snare and they were all dead and lifeless sounding. Zero ring or resonance, boxy, papery and not at all like a regular Ambassador head which is outstanding on any drum. I give it a 1 overall only because for some reason a 12 inch version of this particular run of heads sounds quite good and ringy on my Rogers Holiday rack tom where almost all other heads tend to sound closed in in comparison. Three for three on the snare drum were simply garbage however.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome tom head

            By Big Nick

            from Reno NV

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            Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

            A lot of dealers will try to sell this as a snare head. Bad idea. I swear by Evans G1's for batter snares, I tried a vintage A that my dealer reccomended on a 68' acrolite and it sounded horrible like I thought. But then, I put vintage A's on my birch TAMA kit and on my Maple DW and this is it. Making a coated two ply, with one of the films less than half the thickness of the other is a perfect match. ON TOMS, you will get a lot of warmth and sustain, and great attack. I think you will not be dissapointed. Tune this head a little lower than you would a two ply batter head, and the reso head about two notes higher than the vintage A batter. Cant go wrong.

             
            5.0

            Sounds Like A Zeppelin Record

            By Adam13

            from St. Louis

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            Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

            If you're looking for a classic rock sound reminiscent of the late 60's and 70's try these out. I bought them only because my local shop was out of Coated Ambassadors, but they were even closer to that Bonham sound that alot of us crave. I would also compare them to the recordings that Eric Kretz made with Stone Temple Pilots. I use these wide open, no dampening, on Ludwig's Birch drums with triple flanged hoops. They have great projection in practice situations where they cut through the guitars and bass, but they sound even better blasting through the PA. Put these around your set and rip into 'Moby Dick' and you'll be a fan for life.

             
            5.0

            Slingerland Heads

            By Jazz drummer87

            from San Diego

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            Comments about Remo Vintage Ambassador Coated Batter Drumhead:

            These fit my vintage kit no problem. They sound amazing and wear nicely too. If you need a head for your vintage kit, look no further. These are great!

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