This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the November 2016 issue, which is available here.
The strength and stability of synthetics with the mellower sound of natural skins.
Evans is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary with a tribute to the calfskin heads drummers used prior to the implementation of Mylar plastics. These new old-school heads, called Calftone, feature a layer of beige, subtly textured synthetic material over a clear single-ply base (7mil for tom/snare models and 12mil for bass drum sizes). Like all Evans drumheads, the Calftone utilizes the Level 360 collar that’s designed so that the head sits freely on the bearing edge for optimal tuning and tone.
Calftone drumheads are available in sizes ranging from 8″ to 18″ for toms and snares and 16″ to 26″ for bass drums. We were sent a 14″ snare batter to test. (Bass drum models are available as a standard single-ply and in the EQ4 and EMAD designs, which include built-in muffling systems.)
For the complete review, check out the Novemberber 2016 issue, which is available here.