Evans drumheads launched their main new product drumhead line prior to the Winter NAMM Show, like many companies. With the new UV1 they tap into the marketing of durability of drumheads by using their new and patented UV-cured coating. This Ultraviolet curing (UV curing) is a photochemical process in which high-intensity ultraviolet light is used to instantly cure or dry inks, coatings or adhesives. It provides better scratch and abrasion resistance, better chemical resistance, resistance to crazing hardness, elasticity and adhesion. D'Addario's product development spend years on testing and researching for the right coating that can be used on drumheads and stick to it.
By using light instead of heat, the UV curing process is based on a photochemical reaction. Liquid monomers and oligomers are mixed with a small percent of photoinitiators, and then exposed to UV energy. In a few seconds, the products coatings instantly harden. Fun fact: UV curing is a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry.
Besides the durability, another benefit of the increased surface texture is the responsiveness and sensitivity for brush playing. Also the UV1 drumheads feature a new single ply 10mil film which, according to Evans, has warmer tonal characteristics and is more resistant to stretching and denting. It also features the Level 360 Technology.
Evans UV1 summary
- Patented UV-cured coating provides unmatched durability and consistency
- Made from a single ply of unique 10mil film
- A single ply offers an open and expressive sound
- Extremely versatile for a wide variety of musical applications
- Level 360 Technology collar design ensures proper contact between drum head and drum shell