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Old 12-28-2010, 06:04 PM
Sonorforlife2000 Sonorforlife2000 is offline
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Default Heads for a Sonor Phonic kit

Hello, everyone. I am getting ready to do a complete head replacement on my 80's Phonics kit, and was wondering if anyone had some suggestions as to which heads I should use. Head selection is by far my weakest point when it comes to drums, so ANY help would be so greatly appreciated.

Right now, I am using REMO Pinstripes for batter, and coated Ambassadors for resos (only on toms), just because I replaced what was on the kit when I bought them, and the drums boom like a cannon when I hit them.

Ive been reading up on different combos, and what type of sound they would produce, but I have yet to find a good combo for a 9 ply beech drum. Like I said, if anyone has any suggestions, they would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks, everyone.
1980's Sonor Phonics 6 piece

24x14, 13x9, 14x10, 15x12, 16x14, 14x6.5

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Old 12-28-2010, 08:43 PM
eamesuser eamesuser is offline
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Default Re: Heads for a Sonor Phonic kit

I have spent a little time on an 80,s Phonic kit and detailed for a Friend,He had clear emps top and clear amb resos tuned low,and they sounded decent,but when I detailed the kit I tried clear ambs on the 12,and it still had plenty of low end but I liked that it was livelier and more responsive.Those 9 ply shells have plenty of bottom end,and because they are thick and straight sided they seem to really take on the sound of the heads used,if you read the sound description on a coated amb,you should get that sound on the sonor toms.The phonics to me are clean sounding drums,You might try some clear single ply resos and throw the coated ambs on top for a little color.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:47 PM
ludwigbr ludwigbr is offline
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Default Re: Heads for a Sonor Phonic kit

Hi, I have the same drums, only with more tons, 18x24 ( 2 ) 10x10 12x12 13x13 14x14 17x16 18x18 8x14 .
I love two drum heads in these drums , a ambassador coated ( batter ) or cs dot ( batter ) .with cs dot these drums are VERY loud.
here some pics ( not all the kit )
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Lud kb silver spk12 13 16 22
Lud CD Kb 12 14 20
Lud KB 12 14 20 blue oyster
Lud 13 16 22 B&O with rail (original)
Lud 14 16 18 26 B&O 3 ply white cortex (clear maple inside)
Lud B&O balck oyster (Bowling Ball)12 14 16 20
Lud B&O gold sparkle with Mach5 lugs 12 13 16 24
Lud Vista blue 12 13 14 16 24
Lud stainles steel 12 13 14 16 24
Rogers 9/72 white cortex 12 13 14 15 16 18 24
Gretsch StopSign natural maple 12 13 14 16 18 22 24
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