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Designed for loose tuning to get depth and punch with no over-ring. This head is sealed around the edge to create that really deep sound on toms. No ...Read More

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Designed for loose tuning to get depth and punch with no over-ring. This head is sealed around the edge to create that really deep sound on toms. No muffling needed.

The big, fat tom sound of classic rock!


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AquarianPerformance II Drumhead
 
4.6

(based on 100 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (7)
  • Improves sound (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Used them once, never use anything else

I am currently using Performer 2 heads on my 26"x18" monster kit after using them on a bigger double bass kit...I have used them on all my drum kits...Read complete review

I am currently using Performer 2 heads on my 26"x18" monster kit after using them on a bigger double bass kit...I have used them on all my drum kits prior to only using specific Remo and Evans brand.

I tried them once on a whim and fell in love with the tone I was getting. They are that good. The Performer 2 are a 2 ply oil injected head with muffle foam injected around the inner edge...They have a great balanced chug tone that work great with the variety of wood drums. (maple,mahogany).

I still tune my own drums and use a Drum dial tuner that measures tympanic pressure on every lug.
I tune my tops at 71 and the bottom at 75 tympanic pressure and it's blissful.

People that might prefer the bongy tone from a single ply drum head aren't going to like nor would they appreciate the sound these heads add to your drums. They are ideal for heavy Rock or Country tone (what I play).

In my opinion they are a better made drum head for toms and kick drum if you want to record and don't have a sound engineer to dial in each tom.

I have always used mics and the sound I get is the best no nonsense tone because there is no need to tweak an EQ to eliminate bongy tone, just add or cut a little volume and it's pretty solid.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

These things should be called

Absolutely the worst drumhead I have ever used. I bought these things on a gamble, since I have never heard any before so it is actually my fault. I have a little Mapex...Read complete review

Absolutely the worst drumhead I have ever used. I bought these things on a gamble, since I have never heard any before so it is actually my fault. I have a little Mapex Voyager kit that I lug back and forth to Church so I save wear and tear on my more expensive kit that sits in my home studio. Anyway, I thought that the heads would provide some slight natural muffling and some added depth to the little kit, since it has small toms and it came with cheap factory single ply batters. Based on their description and other reviews this seemed a realistic expectation. What I got was the same effect as placing a bath towel over each head. Belive me I know how to tune drums and I don't like any type of muffling at all except for an Evans EQ pillow in the kick, so I was extremely disappointed by the results of these things. I should have known to put a set of Evans G2's (my usual head) on and tune them for the result I wanted, but I tried to take the lazy way out. However, Aquarian's quality of materials and construction is second to none. I just can't recommend this specific head. The Impact kick batters and the Double Thins are excellent. After I give these things "what fer" for a little while just to feel like I did not waste the money I will be putting a set of G2's on.

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5.0

DEEP ROCK....not dead

By scottinwa

from Washington

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Aquarian Performance II Drumhead:

    I have a mapex saturn V with soniclear edges. I wanted a drumhead that would give me that big 80's fat, deep rock tone without the need to constantly tweak muffling. These work PERFECTLY and I still get a medium sustain. Far superior quality to Remo. I get massive depth and power from my kit and not a "thud". Recommended for rock, metal and blues.

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    5.0

    Used them once, never use anything else

    By Just J

    from RI

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    Comments about Aquarian Performance II Drumhead:

    I am currently using Performer 2 heads on my 26"x18" monster kit after using them on a bigger double bass kit...I have used them on all my drum kits prior to only using specific Remo and Evans brand.

    I tried them once on a whim and fell in love with the tone I was getting. They are that good. The Performer 2 are a 2 ply oil injected head with muffle foam injected around the inner edge...They have a great balanced chug tone that work great with the variety of wood drums. (maple,mahogany).

    I still tune my own drums and use a Drum dial tuner that measures tympanic pressure on every lug.
    I tune my tops at 71 and the bottom at 75 tympanic pressure and it's blissful.

    People that might prefer the bongy tone from a single ply drum head aren't going to like nor would they appreciate the sound these heads add to your drums. They are ideal for heavy Rock or Country tone (what I play).

    In my opinion they are a better made drum head for toms and kick drum if you want to record and don't have a sound engineer to dial in each tom.

    I have always used mics and the sound I get is the best no nonsense tone because there is no need to tweak an EQ to eliminate bongy tone, just add or cut a little volume and it's pretty solid.

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    4.0

    Drum heads Performance 2

    By Scooter

    from Hubbell, Michigan

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Aquarian Performance II Drumhead:

      These heads are great for cheap Luan Mahogany shelled drums, but a bad choice for Maple/Popular mixed shells or birch. As the drum will sound choked . Also one needs to follow the tuning instructions. using a single ply bottom head. and loose tuning only. If you have a old Japan set and your doing 70's cover tunes, Excellent fit. Very nice quality drum heads, Infact, all their heads are top notch. with -out the plastic feel.

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      5.0

      Excellent drum head!

      By Big T

      from Western NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Comments about Aquarian Performance II Drumhead:

      Low or High, tunes up very nice...

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      5.0

      Great product at a great price!

      By John S.

      from Monroe, NY

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          Comments about Aquarian Performance II Drumhead:

          This Aquarian head is my absolute favorite. You can tune it really low without losing any clarity and that works very well for me as I like the contrast between my high and tight snare sound and my toms. It was a great buy with a great price and fast delivery. I would highly recommended this product!

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          5.0

          Good sound

          By Mike

          from Wallins Creek, Ky

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

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            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Aquarian Performance II Drumhead:

            Used these this past weekend, and I am very pleased with the sound and performance.

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            4.0

            Cool sound

            By Mike

            from Wallins Creek, Ky

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            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

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                Comments about Aquarian Performance II Drumhead:

                Got a full set for my kit, and they sound great.

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                1.0

                Yuck

                By Domineone

                from Bedford, TX

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                Comments about Aquarian Performance II Drumhead:

                Bought these because Aquarian makes bass heads that are great. But using this head on toms, not so much. Flattened out everything

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                4.0

                Great Heads for Floor Toms

                By Weezer

                from Greenville, NC

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                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

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                    Comments about Aquarian Performance II Drumhead:

                    I purchased a set of Performance IIs and Classic Clears (for resonant side) on 12 and 16 inch toms. The head is perfect for the 16 inch floor tom. It adds further depth and punch. I like to tune my floor tom pretty loose. In contrast, the 12 inch, using the Performance II, loses its depth and tone. This slightly evened out after I played on it a bit at practice tonight. Perhaps with further wear the head will stretch out and the 12 inch tom will get its tone back. Either way, I think these heads are great for floor toms. With rack toms, especially 12 or smaller, the heads might choke them too much. If anything, I would definitely purchase the Performance IIs for larger size drums.

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                    5.0

                    Great Sound

                    By RandO

                    from Dartmouth, MA

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                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

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                        Comments about Aquarian Performance II Drumhead:

                        I really love these Aquarian Heads. I put them on a low end cocktail kit and it made a huge difference! The kit now sounds as good as any regular kit I have played, and I would not hesitate to use it for any of the gigs I play. Bottom line: a fabulous improvement in the sound of my drums!

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