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Billy Blast Ballistech Mesh drum head Review

Published on February 23, 2010 by in eDrum News

For those who follow the site, I used Billy Blast Mesh heads in the Alesis DM10 Pad Upgrade Video! The video was posted January 12th, however I had been using the Billy Blast Mesh heads since the second week of December.

The mesh heads that I purchased did not have the Condura Nylon Patch. My first impression of the heads were good. They are a great price, they have a great feel (as far as rebound), and they have not stretched very much.
As of today (2/23/10) I had my first Billy Blast Mesh head fail. It was a 10″ model used on my snare trigger pad. The coating over the mesh head was looking noticeably worn about a month ago. only the snare has failed however the other drums are showing signs of wear. It is also important to note that I use 5A nylon tip sticks and I can hit rather hard from time to time.

As far as the budget level mesh heads go, I feel that the Billy Blast is one of the better mesh heads. I got about 9 weeks of heavy use out of it. Most mesh heads I’ve used in this price range normally only get me about 4 weeks of use before it fails. If you are a light to moderate hitter, I think these should last a little longer. At $10 for a 10 inch drum I would like to see a little more life, but the feel was very good. I purchased my heads without the nylon patch. I would recommend that if you decide to purchase these heads, please get them with the nylon patch. I’m sure they will last a lot longer with it.

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11 Responses

  1. JT

    I wonder if the patch will affect the bounce because I agree they rebound nicely.

  2. basschick

    How many weeks of playing time do you get from non-budget mesh heads like Roland, Hart Magnums or Pintech?

  3. I have never used the Pintech. The Hart Magnums I had lasted about 2 years before failure. Out of all of them the best is the Roland heads. I’ve owned five Roland heads since 2002. Only one has broke. They other four I sold with the drum triggers they were on. I have been told that they have a few very small holes but are still being use. I hope that helps.

  4. mark ruffin

    Billy has some new heads out now that are much stronger. These are made with ne materials
    3Ply Ballistech II Mesh Heads
    Check em out.

  5. I’m already working on a review of the new heads. I got a 12″ Ballistech II mesh head two days ago. It will be about four weeks of testing before I do the write up, so keep an eye out for it.

  6. Pisanski

    I was just about to ask if you have already reviewed the Ballistech II heads.

    I just ordered a DM10 Studio kit and expecting it soon. I’m gonna go ahead and order Billy’s new mesh heads though.

    Just to confirm, The DM10’s kick drum is a 10″ head as well?

  7. I just got the Ballistech II mesh head last week and put it on a drum this past weekend. I will not have a total review until after I used it for about a month. The heads just started shipping last week, so they are that new. I can tell you that my first impressions of the head (i.e. quality and feel) are pretty good. For being 3 ply, I expected to feel a little heavier, but I would say it isn’t any heavier than a Roland mesh head. Only with testing will I be able to comment further. I hope that helps.

  8. No, Kick drum size is 8″ head. I hope that helps.

  9. terry

    hey iam intrested in the mousepad upgrade on the alesis dm10 but where can i get that material big enough to cut for 10in. and 8in.? appreicate any info. thanks terry

  10. Any office supply store should have mouse pads. For the 10in you may need to use two pads. The other thing you could do is a google search for large mouse pads. A couple online retailers should still carry them. I hope that helps.

  11. terry

    thanks for e-mailin back phil its nice to know iam not lost in the tecno forrest!terry

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