I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Heaton, drummer with Embrace and director of Code Drum Heads. In an earlier blog, Mike told us about his role in Code, the UK-based drum head and accessory company.
He was also kind enough to answer some questions about his drumming.
You may have noticed that we've been short of (or sold out of) a number of lines of Code heads in the past couple of months.
Code products have become exceptionally popular recently, and we've sold out because
(a) we sell more Code products than any other retailer in the UK and
(b) because the suppliers have now run out of some lines!
The great news is that the first shipment to allow us to restock has finally landed in the UK (albeit several weeks later than scheduled!)
We are hoping (by the end of next week) to have stocks of 14" Zero snare heads, 22" clear Blast bass drum batter heads, all sizes of Reso Ring and all sizes of Law tom heads.
The other thing worth noting is that as of 1st September 2018, prices across the Code range will be increasing.
Code are raising their prices for various reasons, including exchange rates & slight changes in specs (increased production costs).
We will be keeping our prices as they are until our current stocks are sold out, but these are limited, so we'd recommend you order soon to get your heads and accessories at current prices!
And don't forget to join our mailing list for £5 off orders over £50!
Having covered Code's range of snare drum heads in a previous blog, here's a run-down of their offering of tom heads...
Code have been through an intensive development phase with their range of tom heads. The selection has now settled with 4 different batter heads and 1 dedicated resonant head (with the DNA clear head being suitable for both batter and resonant use).
Bascially, you have a choice of clear or coated single ply heads (DNA), a single ply clear head with a surface donut dot (Law) or a double ply clear (Generator). Generator heads are also available coated, although we don't currently stock these as standard (please ask for custom orders).
The Reso Ring (or RR) was designed specifically for use as a resonant head (single ply with dampening ring).
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DNA clear heads are suited to both batter and resonant use. They are constructed of a single, clear 10mils PET, giving great attack and depth and a wide, open tone with long decay. The heads also have a wide tuning range, increasing their versatility - great all-rounders.
DNA clear heads are available in 8"-18".
DNA COATED SINGLE PLY (Batter)
A great all-round head for any genre from light jazz through to rock. DNA coated heads can be used on toms or snare. The construction is 10mils single ply with a textured coating. The coating helps reduce overtones and gives a warm, big, fat sound. Strong attack and medium decay.
DNA coated heads are available in 6"-18".
Law Single Ply with Surface Donut Dot (Batter)
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Single 10mils clear ply with a 5mils PET donut dot. The PET dot gives extra durability and brings out more of the mid-tones for a classic retro sound. They can also be used as resonant heads. Also great for use on snare drums to give a unique and timeless sound.
Law heads are available in 8"-18".
We do also have limited stocks of the old design Law heads with a solid centre dot, although these have been discontinued.
Generator Twin Ply Clear (Batter)
Generator heads suit the heavier hitter who wants a punchy and controlled sound. The 18” can also be used on kick drum. Constructed from 2 x 7mils plies with bonded ring around the outside edge, which focuses and controls the sound and overtones and also gives the skins fast attack and decay. For a more open sound, use with DNA clear as the resonant heads, or for a more deadened sound, use with Reso Ring (RR).
We currently only stock the clear Generator heads, but can order the coated variety for you.
Generator heads are available in 8"-18".
Reso Ring (RR) (Resonant)
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Clear single 7mils ply with a narrow dampening ring around the outside edge. Developed to prevent drummers from having to use tape or taping tissue etc to the bottom of their toms to reduce the ring! The dampening ring helps to reduce unwanted overtones. Gives a punchy and controlled sound with reduced overtones and short decay. The heads make it much easier for sound engineers to control the sound of the toms when the drums are mic'd.
RR heads are available in 8"-18".
All of our prices in our web store include shipping to the mainland UK - if preferred you can collect your heads in person (at slightly lower costs due to lack of fees etc - please ask for a quote).
If you'd like any advice on selecting the best type of heads for your kit, drop me an e-mail, I'll be happy to help!
Drummer, drum geek, reluctant blogger and eater of cheese!
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