It’s not every day a company can claim to revolutionise a product that’s been successful for a number of years. But in recent years, Evans has done just that. 2013 saw the ëLevel 360′ phenomenon and made a wider collar to ensure a completely level seating of the head on the bearing edge. Now all of their heads come Level 360 as standard, so if you play vintage drums or pre-international drums, Evans heads should sit flush with the bearing edge.
This year has seen them produce 2 new heads – the Calftone and UV1.
Calftone is a vintage style head – a thin single ply made from a 7mil film base and blended with unique materials, these heads are thinner than their bass heads to help optimize the sound for smaller drums, higher tunings, and greater tonal response. A great head for jazz/pop/funk and the like and sound great with brushes.
UV1 is their latest innovation. A 10 mil single ply head that has patented UV-cured coating providing unmatched durability and consistency. The single ply, like all single ply heads is extremely versatile for a wide variety of musical applications however their Level 360 Technology collar design ensures proper contact between drum head and drum shell.
I’ve been lucky enough to have been sent one for trying out over a run of gigs this December so look out on Instagram for videos and photos giving a running update on how the head plays. So far it has been bright and focused and LOUD. Also because of the single ply, it works really well for my gigs due to them being covers gigs – the head suits most everything I play and works at a variety of tuning ranges. It might just be the game changer they say it is…watch this space!