Evans Calftone drumheads have a synthetic coating that gives the look and sound of calfskin. Warm, responsive, and open, these drumheads are a great choice for low and medium volume live playing, and studio recording.
The Evans Calftone is a single ply drumhead, made with one 7mil ply and a special synthetic fiber top layer. The Calftone range is designed to have the look and sound of calfskin, with an added boost to the midrange and low-end frequencies. This drumhead has a warmer sound than other thin drumheads, while still giving a little brightness to the attack.
The thinner construction of the Evans Calftone makes this drumhead responsive to lighter touches, and allows for a moderate amount of sustain (although slightly less than other thin drumheads). The synthetic fiber coating also helps to reduce overtones, making tuning easier and giving a more focused drum sound. The attack is not as bright as a clear drumhead, but is still strong enough to come through well. Overall, the added synthetic fiber coating gives a great tone – slightly more focused and warm compared to other single-ply heads.
Evans Calftone drumheads are usable with both drumsticks and brushes, although the surface is not textured enough to make brush strokes clearly pop out… This can be a positive or negative, depending on how intense you want your brushwork to be (many people prefer a slightly smoother brush sound).
If you want a responsive yet warm drumhead, the Evans Calftone is a great choice. The synthetic fiber coating adds some extra focus to the sound, and give a great look to a drum kit.
Note: Evans lists the thickness of the Calftone as 7mil, however the addition of the synthetic fiber means this drumhead is slightly thicker.