Originally Posted by Drumolator
I had Pearl Export drums with poplar shells. On the toms I put clear Evans G2's on top and EC Resonants on the bottom. On the bass drum I put a clear EMAD on the back and a black EQ1 on the front. These heads gave me the sound I wanted. Peace and goodwill.
That pretty much follows my thinking :) Poplar works best when excited by lower frequencies. It therefore responds better to heads that deliver a good "thump", but nothing too dampened, as poplar is already short enough.