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Evans EMAD Heavyweight Bass Drumhead


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The Evans EMAD Heavyweight series features two plies of 10mil film which provide maximum durability while maintaining the punchy attack and wide dynamic range you've come to know and love about the EMAD. Just like all of the other heads in the EMAD line, the Heavyweight comes with two interchangeable damping rings that help maximize attack and low-end. The industry standard Externally Mounted Adjustable Damping (EMAD) system allows the player to adjust attack and focus without removing the head or reaching inside the drum.

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This is THE ultimate bass drum batter head.


from Sarasota, FL

Verified Reviewer


  • Longer lasting
  • Quality Tone
  • Thick Sound
  • Thumpy
  • Versatile


  • Just A Single Beater Pad
  • Order Replacement Rings
  • Should Include Double Pad

Best Uses

  • All Genres
  • Heavy Players
  • Metal
  • Multi-purpose

Comments about Evans EMAD Heavyweight Bass Drumhead:

Let me start off with qualifying myself with a little creditability in the drum gear industry. I've been drumming for 15 years, and have worked in drum sales for 6 years now. My point is this - I've gotten to evaluate, test, and install, just about every head imaginable. Also, I've received countless drummers' opinions and feedback on what they think the best bass drum batter head on the market is. About 90% of the time, they buy the EMAD Heavyweight. This is because they have bought it before, most likely because of a drum sales associate's recommendation, which is smart if you're dealing with the right salesperson. There are other heads that are similar in style, price, and made by other name brands, but none of them give you the control that the "External Muffling Adjustable Dampening" system does on the Evans Heavyhitter. The key word there is "Adjustable." No other company has that functionality and versatility, let alone thickened 2-ply layers of film. With that much control over a bass drum's resonance, you no longer have to sacrifice tone. Plus, just like all EMAD's by Evans, you are always supported with a thin foam insert and a thicker foam insert, which is where the term "Adjustable" comes in to play. Try both foam inserts out, and see which one fits your drum shell the best. Either way, this is THE ultimate bass drum head for all drummers.

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from Indianapolis IN

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Comments about Evans EMAD Heavyweight Bass Drumhead:

This kick drum head literally changed my entire approach to my kick. I'm an extremely old school "hydraulic-head-with-a-pillow-in-the-kick" player...until I started using the Evans EMAD head. The built-in muffle ring eliminates that overbearing element I didn't like in a wide-open kick, that made me feel it was out of balance with the rest of the kit. Now I get all the punch and definition and control I felt I was missing if I didn't have some muffling inside the kick. So now I can push more air, but get the controlled and defined sound I desired...without having that dead "thud" if the pillow was angled slightly wrong. Of the two muffle rings the EMAD comes with, I prefer the wider one. And once Evans added the Onyx EMAD (I use Onyx heads on my toms), I've begun to switch back and forth between the heavyweight and the Onyx, using the Onyx if I want yet one more layer of a darker tone to my kick. So if you were like me, using a pillow or blanket inside your kick, I challenge you to try the EMAD head, either heavyweight or Onyx, on your kick.

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