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Calf heads

I don't think I know of a single serious orchestral tympanist that DOESN'T use calf heads. They're also common on bass drums. This has nothing at all to do with HIP or tradition. The larger the drum, the more "plastic" a plastic head sounds. On "regular" drums, the difference is much less noticeable and the rewards of the relatively painful maintenance, higher cost and constant-tuning nature of calf palls far more quickly. You mention jazz drumming. To me, the main difference of calf there is on a snare drum, particularly when playing with brushes. I entertained going that route at times, but synthetic brush surfaces have got pretty good in the last 25 years or so.

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