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The Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead is the coated version of a single ply, Studio-X„¢ drumhead. Our Satin Finish„¢ texture coating gives the drumhead a firm attack and extra warmth.

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The Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead is the coated version of a single ply, Studio-X„¢ drumhead. Our Satin Finish„¢ texture coating gives the drumhead a firm attack and extra warmth.

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AquarianTexture Coated Studio-X Drumhead
 
4.2

(based on 28 reviews)

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (3)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead

After purchasing my Yamaha Beech Custom Absolute set several years ago, and being an avid Remo user for decades, I decided to try something different on the recommendation of a fellow drummer who was...Read complete review

After purchasing my Yamaha Beech Custom Absolute set several years ago, and being an avid Remo user for decades, I decided to try something different on the recommendation of a fellow drummer who was using Aquarian heads at the time. He was experiencing slight bearing edge problems on his kit, and was trying to get rid of a "buzzing" condition on his toms because the heads weren't seating fully. After he switched to Aquarian heads he said the problem was corrected and the "condition" went away. He also found the sound and tone of the heads to be superior over what he was using before, and highly recommended Aquarian heads.

I reheaded my new Yamaha drums with Aquarian Jack DeJohnette series heads and played them for a while. They sounded great, but the coating started to wear off in a couple months.

Next I tried Aquarian Coated Double Thins (Super 2). They sounded superb with just the right amount of tone and sustain without having to muffle them down. The only problem was Aquarian decided to stop producing them and then later came out with the Super 2s which are supposed to be the same[?].

Then I tried Clear Studio-Xs. They are nice and punchy sounding, as expected with clear heads, have a good sustain and tone, but a little too bright of a sound for what I was looking for.

I then tried the Coated Studio-Xs. They were perfect. Just the right amount of warm tone, sustain and openess, and no need to muffle them further.

Always willing to see if there was something better out there, I tried the new Aquarian Coated Super 2s for a while. They are two-ply 12 mil thick: 5 mil + 7 mil. They don't have the sustain as the first generation Double Thins had, but are still punchy-sound without unwanted overtones, and don't need extra muffling.

Which brings me full circle. I have purchased a new set of Coated Studio-Xs for the set once again, and am extremely happy with them. After all the experimenting and trying, they are decidely the best heads for my musical applications and to get that optimal sound out of my drumsthe sound I always heard in my head on how they should sound.
The Coated Studio-X is a single 10 mil ply head. It features Aquarian's patented Safe-T-Loc hoop that prevents slippage inside the hoop and doesn't detune during performances, and the 'sound curve collar' which allows the head to remain flat and conform to the bearing edge of any shell design. The satin finish is very durable and doesn't chip off. A sound ring is also incorporated around the outer edge of the underside of the head to reduce ringing and overtones.

The coating adds a little more warmth to the tone of the head, and also provides a nice surface for brushwork.
I have tried other Aquarian drum heads, namely the Jack DeJohnette series, Super 2/Double Thin, Clear Studio-X, Texture Coated w/Power Dot (snare batter head), and Modern Vintage (snare batter head), searching for the "right" head for that sound I'm looking for in my drums, and I have found the quality to be consistent with all the Aquarian heads.

Early on, using the Jack DeJohnette heads, and the Coated Double Thins, the coating would eventually chip and wear off. It seems Aquarian has greatly improved their texture coating as I don't find that happening with their latest heads.

I have never had a problem with any Aquarian head being defective, or not performing up to its expectations.
IMHO, I would say Aquarian heads are a good value for the dollar. Drum head prices are similar in range for just about any of the brands. So in being that, other features must come into play such as durability, longevity and tunability. I have found the Aquarian Coated Studio-X heads not lacking in any of these attributes.

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blow out

I had a philosophy change recently regarding my style and approach...mellowing out is the way I would describe it...that being said, I have been playing Aquarian's High Energy snare heads...Read complete review

I had a philosophy change recently regarding my style and approach...mellowing out is the way I would describe it...that being said, I have been playing Aquarian's High Energy snare heads on my 14" snare for years. I switched to the Studio X. After about 20 hours of play, give or take, the head blew out close to the hoop...I may play a bit hard, but come on! I love Aquarian heads, but I definitely would not buy Studio X again.

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5.0

Aquarian drumhead

By Denny

from West Chester Ohio

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead:

    I ordered a replacement snare batter head. The Musician's Friend site was very easy to use, the head was delivered on time, without any issue.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    blow out

    By jr125606

    from VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Functional

    Cons

    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead:

    I had a philosophy change recently regarding my style and approach...mellowing out is the way I would describe it...that being said, I have been playing Aquarian's High Energy snare heads on my 14" snare for years. I switched to the Studio X. After about 20 hours of play, give or take, the head blew out close to the hoop...I may play a bit hard, but come on! I love Aquarian heads, but I definitely would not buy Studio X again.

     
    5.0

    Aquarian drum head

    By ken will

    from E Liv. Ohio

    Comments about Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead:

    Excellent, lowered pitch and shorten ring. Just what the doctor ordered.

     
    5.0

    Made great improvement in snare sound

    By Barry

    from Dallas Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Opened Up Snare
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gigging
    • Practicing

    Comments about Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead:

    Over all sound was much better. Opened up drum. Just the right amount of ring. Perfect for brush work because the head is very resposive to a light touch. Best head I've ever had on this Gretsch snare. Will use again.

    Like better than Evans.............

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Know what to expect

    By William Underwood

    from Las Vegas, NV

    Comments about Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead:

    This is NOT Aquarian's version of a Pinstripe. It is a 10 mil, single ply head, with a floating ring. The sound I get out of my snare is similar to a Remo Controlled Sound, except this head does not have the problem I've always had with a CS, which is where doing rim-to-center buzz rolls the middle gets dramatically darker sounding and harder feeling. This is a great head, I do like a fairly ringy/bright snare, but it has to be "controlled" which this head does perfectly. If you want Aquarian's version of a Pinstripe, get the Performance 2. And if you want Aquarian's version of a PS3 snare batter, get the Focus-X. This head is unique, and the closest thing I can compare it to is a Controlled Sound, but slightly brighter. It mic's really well to boot.

     
    5.0

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Michael Barrios

    from Texas

    Comments about Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead:

    I have been playing drums for over 10 years now, and all i ever played was remo since i started. Pinstripe, coated emperor, clear emperor, coated ambassador, ambassador hazy, powerstroke pro, powersstroke 3, powersonic, ebony ambassador, coated ambassador bass, i have tried it all!!!!!!! Out of the box the heads have a great sound, i was worried about 1 ply heads, and on my 8 inch and 10 inch they are a little more fragile, but wow these heads are amazing. Idk why everyone else thinks they arnt good they are the best heads ever. Grab you some of these, Aquarian a hidden GEM amoung remo and evans.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Batter head Ive used on a Tom

    By Yamaha Drummer

    from Southern Oklahoma

    Comments about Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead:

    Overall, the coated Focus-X head is far and above the best head I ever put on my toms. I run a 10 - 12- 14 rack toms and a 16 floor tom. Best sound I ever had from my toms.
    The coating on these heads was still looking almost new after 16 months of 2 nights a week, 3 hour gigs. The ring on the outside of the bottom side mutes the overtones yet leaves the drum with that oh so sweet amount of sustain.
    You cant buy a head with better quality.
    As good as any head Ive ever used and the cost versus the value ...absolutely fantastic.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead

    By JazzCat-tCXFc

    from Illinoiz

    Comments about Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead:

    After purchasing my Yamaha Beech Custom Absolute set several years ago, and being an avid Remo user for decades, I decided to try something different on the recommendation of a fellow drummer who was using Aquarian heads at the time. He was experiencing slight bearing edge problems on his kit, and was trying to get rid of a "buzzing" condition on his toms because the heads weren't seating fully. After he switched to Aquarian heads he said the problem was corrected and the "condition" went away. He also found the sound and tone of the heads to be superior over what he was using before, and highly recommended Aquarian heads.

    I reheaded my new Yamaha drums with Aquarian Jack DeJohnette series heads and played them for a while. They sounded great, but the coating started to wear off in a couple months.

    Next I tried Aquarian Coated Double Thins (Super 2). They sounded superb with just the right amount of tone and sustain without having to muffle them down. The only problem was Aquarian decided to stop producing them and then later came out with the Super 2s which are supposed to be the same[?].

    Then I tried Clear Studio-Xs. They are nice and punchy sounding, as expected with clear heads, have a good sustain and tone, but a little too bright of a sound for what I was looking for.

    I then tried the Coated Studio-Xs. They were perfect. Just the right amount of warm tone, sustain and openess, and no need to muffle them further.

    Always willing to see if there was something better out there, I tried the new Aquarian Coated Super 2s for a while. They are two-ply 12 mil thick: 5 mil + 7 mil. They don't have the sustain as the first generation Double Thins had, but are still punchy-sound without unwanted overtones, and don't need extra muffling.

    Which brings me full circle. I have purchased a new set of Coated Studio-Xs for the set once again, and am extremely happy with them. After all the experimenting and trying, they are decidely the best heads for my musical applications and to get that optimal sound out of my drumsthe sound I always heard in my head on how they should sound.
    The Coated Studio-X is a single 10 mil ply head. It features Aquarian's patented Safe-T-Loc hoop that prevents slippage inside the hoop and doesn't detune during performances, and the 'sound curve collar' which allows the head to remain flat and conform to the bearing edge of any shell design. The satin finish is very durable and doesn't chip off. A sound ring is also incorporated around the outer edge of the underside of the head to reduce ringing and overtones.

    The coating adds a little more warmth to the tone of the head, and also provides a nice surface for brushwork.
    I have tried other Aquarian drum heads, namely the Jack DeJohnette series, Super 2/Double Thin, Clear Studio-X, Texture Coated w/Power Dot (snare batter head), and Modern Vintage (snare batter head), searching for the "right" head for that sound I'm looking for in my drums, and I have found the quality to be consistent with all the Aquarian heads.

    Early on, using the Jack DeJohnette heads, and the Coated Double Thins, the coating would eventually chip and wear off. It seems Aquarian has greatly improved their texture coating as I don't find that happening with their latest heads.

    I have never had a problem with any Aquarian head being defective, or not performing up to its expectations.
    IMHO, I would say Aquarian heads are a good value for the dollar. Drum head prices are similar in range for just about any of the brands. So in being that, other features must come into play such as durability, longevity and tunability. I have found the Aquarian Coated Studio-X heads not lacking in any of these attributes.

     
    5.0

    Great heads

    By Jay Elliott

    from Murrieta CA

    Comments about Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead:

    I don't know why people in other reveiws have issues i love these heads i have had no problems with them they last forever and are tuned easy and hold the pitch also the sound they create is exactly what i am looking for and the coating does not come off nearly as fast as other heads i have had the heads on for about 5 months and they sound and look new im not a soft player i beat my drums pretty hard too havent tried them for a snare but for toms if you are looking for a very nice warm sound with some attack these are perfect for you.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Aquarian Buff says so-so

    By JV

    from New England

    Comments about Aquarian Texture Coated Studio-X Drumhead:

    I have used nothing but aquarian heads on my entire Jazz kit since I got the kit. I love the long lasting coating of these heads. I would only use aquarians on my rock kit toms (but I don't). Overall, I am a fan of the Super-2's over the Studio X. On the toms X's are pretty weak to the S-2's. On the snare the one ply heads have a odd ring to them that I have a hard time tuning true or out... years of experience tuning. The other thing is that tight tension on these coated heads by aquarian heads make them prone to rim-rips. Or rather, if you hit your stick too hard at the edge of your head you rip it where it touches the drumshell (my snare is nicely bevelled even). Try the Studio X if you like ringy snares. Otherwise Super-2 coated is the way to go.

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