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1 Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:23 pm



I finally wore a hole through the Bear Percussion snare drum head that I bought off of Pete around 10 years ago....LOL

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2 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:13 pm

WOW that wasn't easy.

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3 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:06 am

Right, Keith. It only took me 10 years to do it....LOL
I had black pants on last night and by the end of the gig I had little pieces of fiberglass/kevlar all over my trousers.
I did replace the head this morning with a new Bear percussion concert head and I, hopefully, will get another 10 years out of this one.
I was able to play the snare drum for the rest of the evening in this condition and it really didn't affect the sound of the snare much.

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4 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:49 am

Been there, done that, my yellow one lasted about as long. Glad you had a backup because I didn't want to have to offer you the one I have in storage unless they're still being made, are they? I would have anyway. I'm sure you seated the new one well as these heads are so strong they can warp a drum pretty easily . . . I haven't used one in forever; these days I like the Remo Vintage A coated.

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5 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:49 pm

I think Pete saying that the company was out of business. Kind of figures that a head that last that long doesn't need to be replaced as often.
I just used my last one, Keith, so I may hit you up in about another 10 years or so.LOL
Ditto on seating the head. They have specific instructions on how to seat the head and they don't recommend them for marching drummers because of the way they torque down on the heads.

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6 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:41 pm

I've acquired one of those too for my snare... used it one time and then took it off because of the way it sounded to me. But that's just me.

What I notice about your photo though Woody is that you like to center your stroke! I'm all over the snare!

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7 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:00 pm

It's my sweet spot, Suss!!!!

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8 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:22 am

Send me an e-mail, Woody.

I will take care of you, man.

santa

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9 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:33 pm

You're the best, Pete!!!

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10 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:27 pm

Admin (Pete) wrote:Send me an e-mail, Woody.

I will take care of you, man.

santa

Regards,

Does this mean you have spare bearheads to sell?! Smile

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11 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:22 pm

Bravo Woody for sharing that. I can vouch with that - I used a Bear snare batter head back in the early eighties finally popping a hole in it not until 11 years after! What's interestingly funny was during those days a trend among heavy players, as I was, as to who will be the first to put a hole in it. I remember a drummer using sticks the width of a baseball bat and still took him at least five years plowing in to it, ripping from it's frames! If memory serves me right, it was constructed using fiberglass and some other durable material? You would think using those materials did injustice to the sound but it was pretty good, tone wise - and that is just an opinion.

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12 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:46 pm

Racman wrote:Bravo Woody for sharing that. I can vouch with that - I used a Bear snare batter head back in the early eighties finally popping a hole in it not until 11 years after! What's interestingly funny was during those days a trend among heavy players, as I was, as to who will be the first to put a hole in it. I remember a drummer using sticks the width of a baseball bat and still took him at least five years plowing in to it, ripping from it's frames! If memory serves me right, it was constructed using fiberglass and some other durable material? You would think using those materials did injustice to the sound but it was pretty good, tone wise - and that is just an opinion. Are they still in business?

They're not still in business, but I was hoping somebody here had extras for sale. Smile

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13 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:50 pm



You know that Remo
has a Kevlar head, out
there.  Just type:

Remo Kevlar Head

...and it will come up.

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14 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:54 am

And there you have it stevehl32. Thanks Pete and of course I should have remembered Remo Kevlars been continuing  over the years resulting in a similar head. Existing productions tells us there still is a market big enough to continue manufacturing cheers .

Wood, I remember my Bear heads were actually yellow, which I thought was cool. cheers

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15 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:57 pm

Admin (Pete) wrote:

You know that Remo
has a Kevlar head, out
there.  Just type:

Remo Kevlar Head

...and it will come up.

Regards,

thanks but it's not the same. bear had 3 different head coatings (studio, concert and stadium) also, they had sizes for your whole kit. i liked these heads on all my drums, not just the snare.

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16 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:13 pm

stevehl32


Kevlar material was first introduced to the marching drum heads. They eventually disappeared in the 90's (?) and reappeared, or evolved maybe 10 years ago, as Bear Drumheads. As you've stated Bear, versus other similar heads, were made for multiple applications such as studio, concert and stadium. And that positioned them ahead of the game. But knowing Remo's historical presence in the drum head business you would think they were well aware to it's usage and designed their Kevlar's in meeting the needs to the same markets. This post is building curiosity in me to try it just of sake of trying. But I'm really an either Remo or Evans user - depends on the venue throughout that evening.

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17 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:40 am

Racman wrote:And there you have it stevehl32. Thanks Pete and of course I should have remembered Remo Kevlars been continuing  over the years resulting in a similar head. Existing productions tells us there still is a market big enough to continue manufacturing cheers .

Wood, I remember my Bear heads were actually yellow, which I thought was cool. cheers

The yellow ones were from the same company but back then they were called "Duraline" drum heads.

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18 Re: Bear percussion drum head....PETE on Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:42 pm

Remo had a lot to do with
the disappearance of Bear.

I will not say more about that.

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