i heard one that was cranked tight on a 10" piccolo snare and sounded really good. ive played the clears on a couple different sets and they sounded good. ive heard both good and bad about the coated ec2s but ive never heard them on a set myself. evans makes very good products so i would trust them if you want something a little deeper and warmer than your ec2s. personally i just put a new set of coated g2s on my swingstars and love the tone and resonance of them.