Coated VS. Clear heads

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Which head option do you prefer?

Coated
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51%
Clear
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39%
Either way works good for me
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10%
 
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Post Sat Aug 26, 2006 5:36 am

Which do you prefer overall - coated or clear drumheads? Why?
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Post Sat Aug 26, 2006 9:36 am

Can't vote for any of your options, as I prefer Coated on my snare drums and bassdrums, dotted/clear on the floor toms, and clear on the toms! :wink:
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Post Sat Aug 26, 2006 9:41 am

my bad. :)
I know for sure that I prefer coated on my snares - as for the rest of the kit I'm still experimenting
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Post Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:09 am

I prefer coated heads on snares and clears on toms and kick drums
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Post Mon Aug 28, 2006 10:06 am

I prefer coated heads to clear ones
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Post Mon Aug 28, 2006 12:49 pm

I added another answer, because I thought that maybe someone uses both types of heads- just like I do :)
Either way works good if that's the sound I'm going for.
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Post Mon Sep 04, 2006 11:08 pm

coated on snare, clear on everything else.. thats just the way i am
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Post Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:24 am

This is really a good question and it takes quite the explination... It's all about the music you are playing or the venue you are in.

I can speak from my own tastes. I use coated on the snare and coated G2's on my batters of the racks and floors. The res of my racks and floors can change between clear singles or coated singles. This just really has to do with the tuning I use and the venue I'm playing in. Sometimes I'm mic'ed and I want them to ring out. In that situation, I'll use clears on the res. Sometimes I'm in a small place; more personal and I'll use coated singles on the res. This allows me the same tone but it won't ring out too much with everyone so close to me.

Sometime's I use fibers on accent drums. See??? It really depends on the individual and if you're in the studio, the producer.

Kick??? Always clear and powerful. My head never changes for that. My beater does... Not my head.
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Post Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:53 am

It all depends on what I'm lookin for. Right now, all coated G2's on my toms. Clear on the Kick. Snare, always coated! I like the warmth of the coated G2's. If I want a more bright and punchy tom sound, I use G2 clears. I might try the EC2's and see how that does me.
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Post Tue Sep 05, 2006 6:11 am

For the past several months I have been playing Evans EC2's and love them. However, I also love Evans Coated G2's. I did however just learn there is a new Evans Coated EC2 drumhead and I am going to have to try those as that may turn out to be the perfect head.

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Post Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:49 pm

Coated on snare for that little added muffling to take the ring out. Clear on everything else for the true resonance of the drum.
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Post Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:18 pm

I think that in certain situations, both heads are equally as useful.

I prefer a good old fashioned Remo Ambassador for my snare, with an Ambassador hazy bottom head. However, I do like a specific evans snare head, in which I cannot recall the exact model at this time. That evans head sounds great on my yamaha studio snare, while the ambassador does so on the maple.

As far as toms go, I have never delved in to coated heads for my medium toms, but have used ambassadors on my floor toms. I honestly didn't notice much of a difference for the floor toms, other then a slightly shorter sustain then the clear heads.

As far as the kick goes, I wouldn't recommend coated heads unless you're going for a raw John Bonham type feel. I especially wouldn't recommend coated heads for live shows on the kick. But I am not an expert in all brands, and there may be soem brands out there that make exceptional coated kick heads.
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Post Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:29 pm

Honestly... both are fine... i learned on coated. But the EVANS HYDRAULICS rule ass holes to pieces... the thin layer of water between the battery, and reinforcement heads give you the PERFECT ammount of muffle for sows or recording... the Remo Ebony, and Ebony Pinstripes are bad too... thats what im rockin right now
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Post Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:01 pm

Eboy pinstripes? YUCK! I had ebony pinstriped on my kit when I got it from the guy I got it from. They were on all the toms and yes the kick. The toms just didn't do great, but was bearable. The kick, just yuck!
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Post Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:52 am

I have never tried the pinstripe ebony, but I do use the remo ebony and it is great!
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