Used on a 20" acoustic kick, it feels pretty good and I'd say very close to an actual head. (preference)
Volume wise it's definitely quieter than the acoustic head, however, we don't use it for volume reasons, we use it because we trigger all drum shells (through DDrum DDTI) and trigger drum software (GGD,Drumforge,SSD, etc) It's important to understand that you will still have the impact noise, it's still a 20" shell that you're bashing your pedals in! So, unless you've a floating floor (be it a podium or the room itself) your neighbor will still hear the thud.
Either way, this wasn't a concern in our studio, we purely don't want to have kick sounds in the overhead/spot mics and therefore wanted a mesh head solution.
The Roland MH2-20 20" does the job very well and so far it seems to last for quite some time. The 2-ply solution seems to be the way to go for Kick heads. We also have the snare head version and can so far say only good things about it.
Especially for kick and snare drums I'd definitely go for the MH2 powerply as they seem very close to actual drum heads and seem to last quite some time.
For toms I'd say the single ply versions should be enough if price is an issue.
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