The 3 layer Ballistech II White Mesh Head is the latest mesh head offering from Billy Blast Drums. You may remember the review I did on the original single layer Ballistech mesh head last year (Billy Blast Ballistech Mesh drum head Review). In that review I basically stated that the original single layer Ballistech was one of the better budget level mesh heads. The only draw back to that head was its life span. The new 3 layer Ballistech II appears to be the answer to the draw back of the original.
I can honestly say that I was quite happy when I learned of this new mesh head option in the market place here in the States. I have been using the 12″ Ballistech II mesh drum head for about a month. I have to say I’m really impressed with this product thus far.
When I first got my hands on the 12″ mesh head my impressions of the head as far as quality and feel were pretty good. Knowing it was a 3 ply head, I expected to feel a little heavier than it was. I would say it isn’t any heavier than a Roland mesh head of the same size. Here is an illustration from the Billy Blast website on the 3 ply construction:
I installed the head on a DIY trigger of my own design. It is basically an “A” to “E” converted tom trigger. I also should point out that I use 5A nylon tip drum sticks. The rebound and acoustic sound of the mesh drum head was comparable to any other dual ply mesh head that I have used in the past of the same size. I used this set-up off and on over the past month. On two occasions I used the opposite ends of my sticks to simulate a heavier stick weight. I also made sure that I really played aggressively during these occasions. I basically was trying to get the head to fail or at least start to fray. I can report that it never happened. I can also report that there wasn’t much stretching of the head over this period as well. I don’t think I had to re-tighten my head in any significant way the entire time this past month. I say significant because all drum heads stretch to some degree but some stretch more than others (Like most single ply mesh heads I’ve used). I didn’t feel the stretching was any different than any other dual ply mesh that I have used in the past.
At half the price of the two major brands of mesh head manufactures and the fact that this new mesh head feels about the same as the two major brands, I see no reason why someone wouldn’t at least try the new Ballistech II Mesh Drum Heads from BillyBlastDrums.com. I know I will be buying these heads as replacements once my current ones wear out. Which judging by the looks of the heads, that won’t be too much longer.