Evans EMAD Heavyweight Clear

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The Evans EMAD Heavyweight Clear is extremely durable and quite versatile – giving you control over your sound and providing a powerful deep thud. This is a bass drum head that can withstand the heaviest hitters.

The Evans EMAD Heavyweight Clear is an extremely thick dual-ply bass drum head, made with two 10mil clear plies of film. Thanks to its very thick design, the EMAD Heavyweight is extremely durable, and is built for long-term heavy hitting and abuse. The EMAD Heavyweight is the thickest bass drum head in the Evans EMAD range.

The Evans EMAD Heavyweight comes with two different acoustic foam dampening rings (one narrow and one wide), which can be quickly mounted to the front of the drumhead. This gives you great control, without needing to remove the head itself. Along with the rest of the EMAD range, the Evans EMAD Heavyweight gives you versatility with your bass drum sound, and is almost like having three bass drum heads in one. The EMAD Heavyweight lets you to hit hard for a huge attack, creating a big punch that cuts through even in the loudest environments.

Even without the dampening rings, the Evans EMAD Heavyweight gives a short sustain due to the thick construction. The very thick two-ply design controls the sound, reducing the sustain to give a focused bass drum sound. There is a little ringing present, but overtones are kept low. The foam mounting system adds some more focus, even with no dampening rings installed. The sound is similar to the Evans EMAD2, but with slightly less ringing. Compared to the much thinner Evans EMAD and GMAD bass drum heads, the Heavyweight is extremely controlled. There is a big and cutting attack, before the sound shifts to a short, deep, and punchy low-end. The design of the Evans Heavyweight is perfect for medium to very high volume music: This drumhead can handle extremely hard hitting, and can produce a big cutting sound. Note that the thick design of the Heavyweight means it is not responsive enough to be used for low volume drumming.

Add the EMAD rings to remove overtones completely and reduce sustain even more, creating a deep sound with very focused mid-range and low-end frequencies. The thinner EMAD control ring gives a moderate amount of extra dampening. With the thickest ring installed, the sound becomes very short and punchy. Overtones are entirely removed, and the Heavyweight’s sustain becomes extremely short. The extremely thick construction means this drumhead can handle very heavy playing, and is capable of creating a big cutting attack that will come through in the loudest environments. The attack is fairly bright thanks to the clear plies, before the sound quickly shifts to a short deep punch.

Tip: Use the EMAD Heavyweight with no dampening ring for maximum volume and attack, or use a microphone with the dampening rings for a thick, deep, and short punch. The thickest ring gives more punch and focus to the sound, but at the expense of volume and attack.

The Clear Evans EMAD Heavyweight is a great bass drum head for extremely hard hitters, and for loud volume music. If you play hard and need a very durable drumhead, then look no further. As the name suggests, the thick construction means that the EMAD Heavyweight can take a beating. Hit this bass drum head hard to create a big cutting attack that will be heard even in the loudest environments.

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Very High


Bass Drum


Very Low, Low


2 ply






Very Low, Low

Special Features

Control Ring(s), Removable Dampening



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