NAMM Review: Evans Drumheads

First shown at PASIC in November, Evans Drumheads displayed their new Hybrid-S Marching Snare Batter head and the new System Blue Marching Tenor Heads at The NAMM Show held in Anaheim, California this past weekend (January 13-16).

Evans_Hybrid-S.jpgInspired by the successful Evans Hybrid batter series, the new Hybrid-S (Hybrid-Soft) features two unique fibers that blend together to offer a softer feel. The new head produces a dark and warm tone while providing a crisp snare response – a sound popular with many top drumlines. The softer feel and “give” produces a large sound while still retaining the durability associated with the Evans Hybrid product line.

The new System Blue tenor heads were created in conjunction with the Blue Devils percussion staff. The heads feature a 2-ply design with a 7mil top-ply and a 7.5mil bottom-ply. A new dampening technique called Sound Shaping Technology targets unwanted overtones while enhancing the attack, projection, and note definition needed in today’s technical drum books. An added bonus to the dampening pattern on each head, is the visual reference to proper playing zones for each drum.


“Pairing up with the Blue Devils and countless other top marching corps has allowed us unrestricted resources when designing new marching heads,”

states Evans Educations Manager, Jim Bailey.

“The Hybrid-S Snare Batter Heads and System Blue Tenor heads have been corps tested and player approved, and we‟re thrilled about what these new heads are going to do for drum corps and marching bands worldwide.”

Both are available now at your local music retailer or online store.

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