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Common Head Selections

Common head examples/selection chart:

Most percussionists and salesmen are familiar with these names, and they are a good starting point. While we acknowledge that other

Remo has universal names given to their heads, regardless of series, finish, etc.

  • -M5 or Thin, an extremely thin one ply head
  • -Diplomat, an thin one ply head
  • -Ambassador, a medium weight, one ply head
  • -Emperor, a two ply medium-thick head
  • -Pinstripe, two diplomat-weight plies with an epoxy muffling ring between the plies.
  • -Heavy, a thick single ply head
  • -Extra Heavy, a very thick single ply head
  • -Super, the thickest single ply on the market


companies make wonderful products, we have used Remo as an example.

Series :


Weather King: available in M5, Diplomat, Ambassador, Emperor, and Pinstripe weights, on clear or smooth white films, and with or without coating. This was the original line, simple Mylar. Ambassadors and Pinstripes also available on Black film, and Ambassadors are available with dots as the "Controlled Sound" (C.S.) series.

Fiberskyn 3 : available in FT (Fiberskyn Thin), FD Fiberskyn Diplomat), FA, F1 Heavy, F1 Extra Heavy, and F1 Super. Clear film with Fiberskyn coating, which was designed to simulate the feel and sound of calf.

Renaissance : a new film, designed to be the closest to calf in feel and sound. Available in RT, RD, RA, and R1 weights.

PowerStroke 3 : Head with an underlay. Available in bass drum and snare drum sizes in Fiberskyn 3 or Renaissance, or any size in Weather King ambassador weight.

Falams : Kevlar with Mylar plies top and bottom. Available with white, clear, or black Mylar film (the natural color is yellow, which shows in the clear heads), with or without a dot, and coated or uncoated.

Sample head set-ups:

General purpose, beginner (Medium tunings, good durability)

  • Tom batters- coated emperors
  • Tom resonants- clear ambassadors
  • Bass Drum batter- PowerStroke 3 Coated
  • Bass Drum resonant- PowerStroke 3 Ebony (with hole pre-cut)
  • Snare Drum batter- coated CS (reverse dot)
  • Snare Drum snare side- ambassador snare

Rock (Low, wet tunings)

  • Tom batters- clear Pinstripes
  • Tom resonants- clear ambassadors
  • Bass Drum Batter- clear pinstripe
  • Bass Drum resonant- PowerStroke 3 Ebony
  • Snare Drum batter- coated Pinstripe
  • Snare Drum snare side- ambassador snare

Fusion (Medium tunings, good cut, clarity)

  • Tom batters- coated/clear ambassadors
  • Tom resonants- clear ambassadors
  • Bass Drum Batter- PowerStroke 3 Renaissance
  • Bass Drum Front- Ambassador (clear/white/black/coated)
  • Snare Drum Batter- Fiberskyn 3 PowerStroke 3 FD
  • Snare Drum snare side- diplomat snare

Acoustic Jazz (High tunings, cut, separation)

  • Tom batters- Fiberskyn 3 FD
  • Tom resonants- Fiberskyn 3 FT
  • Bass Drum batter- Fiberskyn 3 FA
  • Bass Drum Front- Ambassador (Fiberskyn/coated/clear/white/black)
  • Snare Drum batter- coated ambassador
  • Snare Drum snare side- ambassador snare

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