Remo Emperor Vintage Clear drumheads give attack, projection, and durability, while still allowing drums to resonate.
The Remo Emperor Vintage Clear is slightly thicker vs. the regular Clear Remo Emperor. Made with two plies of 7.5mil film, these drumheads maintain a moderate sustain, while being slightly more durable. The Vintage version of the Remo Emperor is also slightly warmer, with a little more emphasis on the midrange and low-end frequencies. Overall though, the sound differences between the regular Remo Emperor vs. the Emperor Vintage are very small.
Like the regular Emperor, the Remo Emperor Vintage performs very well in medium and high volume situations. The two 7.5mil plies mean that these drumheads can handle heavier hitting, and the brighter attack comes through clearly at higher volumes. Taken together, these features man that you can lay into these drumheads, to produce a big projecting sound that cuts through when things get loud. At low volumes, note that the Emperor Vintage Clear is less responsive, with the thicker construction giving a more choked sound.
Sound-wise, the Remo Emperor Vintage Clear has a strong and bright attack, followed by a balanced sustain that is slightly on the warmer side of the sound spectrum. This drumhead has no added control or dampening, which allows for a good moderate-length sustain. Overtones are present but not overpowering, and the sound is moderately focused when struck in the center. Overall, the Emperor Vintage Clear is a versatile drumhead option – leave it open for more sustain and overtones, or add dampening (such as Moongel) for more focus.
If you’re looking for a durable drumhead that is still fairly open, the Remo Emperor Vintage Clear is a great choice… This head will reduce extreme overtones, while still allowing your drums to resonate fairly well. As stated above, the sound differences between the regular Remo Emperor vs. the Remo Emperor Vintage are quite small. Due to the slightly thicker design, the Emperor Vintage is a tiny bit warmer and more durable.
Tip: If you play with brushes, the clear surface of the Remo Emperor Vintage Clear will not respond well. Take a look at the slightly warmer sounding Coated Remo Emperor Vintage instead.