Clear Heads on a Snare?

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Post Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:57 am

My opinion is clears suck on a snare, I still use the Remo Weatherking with the rough white finish myself and Remo Black dot sound controls on everything else.
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Post Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:58 am

Since a short time I play a clear black dot head on my snare drum

The sound is warmer and more openere than with a coated black dot head

I realy like it and don't think I ever change it again

I also heard some snare's with a clear pinstripe on it. The sound is also quite nice I think
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Post Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:30 am

i reckon clear snare heads should stay in the 80's. they were used alot then but please dont try to bring them back!
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Post Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:06 pm

Rockula! wrote:I have a 15" square sized marching snare which I affectionately call THE HULK
It is green and is so deep that it required that I put floor tom legs on it in order to get it low enough to play flat
I have never had a head that matched the versatility and intensity of a Remo Emperor
I can go from "normal" snare sounds (striking in the center) to the most bone jarring, teeth rattling BONK you have ever heard (a rim shot placed off the center of the head)
In fact, it rarely requires miking because it is so loud
Soundmen usually keep it just under "1" in order to get some snare through the PA
I used to use a wood snare with a coated black dot for warm stuff and a metal snare with a clear black dot for the bonk
Now, I only need one snare
As far as the durability factor goes, I have no complaints (everything dies)
Can anyone attest to the similarities between an Emperor and a G2?

Right on !! I switched over to the Emperor x coated heads on my snares and love it. It gives my copper snare such a loud crack it hurts our guitarits ears lol!!
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Post Sun Feb 11, 2007 2:58 pm

Rockula! wrote:THE HULK!!!!!

Thats friggin awesome!!!! i wanna make one of those!

I used one of the old clear heads with the silver dot that ludwig made (maybe still makes) on a piccolo and it was sooooo loud. being a piccolo i was going for more crack and less tone so it worked out great but it was just so loud. rimshots made my ears wanna bleed.
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Post Sat Feb 24, 2007 2:43 pm

Recently I've started using a single ply clear head on my yamaha snare and I think it is the best snare sound I've ever gotten from it. I have used Evans ST. Dry's and Remo emperor X's but I prefer the sound of a single ply clear, it's more open and it makes it seem less muffled so ot has more "pop".
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Post Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:19 pm

never tried it before, on the new thomas lang dvd he's using clear heads on all three of his snares and it sounds pretty good.
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Post Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:09 pm

Warrdogg wrote:I used to use only Remo pinstipes, and in the past 6 years gone to the falams head. I would destroy coated heads so fast it was costing too much. The falams head has a pinstripe head over kevlar, I've only had to buy three in the past 6 years. It's not real good for brush playing, but is very versatile weather you crank the head down as far as you can or leave it loser for a deep tone.

holy shit dude, you used a marching snare head on a kit snare??? that's insane. I guess i never thought of trying that because they make them for marching snares... haha i guess whatever works... wait are you referring to the falam snare side, or the falam batter head?
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Post Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:47 pm

I recently put a clear Evans G2 on my aluminum snare, and I really like the tone. It probably won't become my MAIN snare tone, but I do like the variety-
It's especially nice with the snares off.

I think it's good to experiment as much as budget will allow; you never know what crazy recipe might deliver an awesome tone.
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Post Sun Apr 01, 2007 4:36 pm

Yeah, clear heads rock. I'm not using any right now because I'm playing around with my stuff trying to find exactly what I like and it looks like I'll buy a few clears to play with on my next round of heads.
One benefit of using clear snare heads is that the "coating" isn't there to rub off on your sticks and then onto your cymbals and other drums.
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Post Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:09 pm

no, no, no, no, no.

just NO. lol. ive tried many clear head on snares, even compared evans genera g2 clear and coated and other such heads similar to each other. clears on toms is fine, in fact i hate coated heads on toms, but clears on snares just dont work for me. without the extra warmth from the coating they sound too flat.

yuck. :roll: lol.
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Post Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:03 pm

I tried an Aquarian studio X on my snare once. Didn't like the tone and it wasn't as sensitive as a coated head. Just my taste though.
I just put on an Evans emad snare batter, the one with the clear coating. I'll let you know when I break it in.
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Post Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:44 pm

Clear heads, and more specificall, remo pinstripes, are gonna give you a very warm, very resonant sound. Very unique and rich. It'll really bring out the tone of a wood snare and can have a really nice, rich crack to it. I put one on my tama artweood piccolo (3 1/4 x 14) and that was pretty much the difference. I tuned up another standard 5 1/5 x 14 for a friend and it was the same result. Naturally, coated heads are gonna dry out the sound, and enhance the higher tonal spectrum of your kit. you'll have much less overtones and a little more attack. I use pintripe coated on my whole kit except snare and bass (snare- evans coated genera 2 ply and remo powerstroke 2's 3's or 4's whichever I can find) feel frfee to message me if you have any more questions
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Post Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:08 pm

I use an Aquarian Performane II, it sounds really least to me. But yeah im still in the process buying a bunch of heads to find my prefect sound.