Re: Powerstroke 3 for kick - coating & reso questions
For rock, I'd really recommend more than just the built-in muffling in the PS3. I have an Evans pillow that barely touches the front head, but even just sitting in the drum not touching either head, the sound is better than with it removed completely. I went to one gig without the pillow and ended up stuffing a towel from the place inside the kick out of necessity. (i have a clear PS3 with a Falam Slam and a smooth white, center-ported PS3 reso).
The coated should do nicely for you, especially if you like coatings on your tom heads.
You know, Aquarian makes a similar head (the Force I) in a coated version without any blue rings on the head :)