Re: Using a coated head as a resonant head
I've tried Ambassador X over Ambassador X which is 12mil single ply and IMO it was too dead of a sound for me. I liked the minimal attack from the strike of the stick on the head but just wasn't that great of a sound to me. It was a very dry effect and fairly short sustain. Though that's with these thin 5mm Chinese maple shells. I tend to believe that a thicker shell and especially harder wood would work better with coated top and bottom but I'll never go that route again. If nothing else just coated on top.
IMO you could try Ambassador X over coated Diplomat, or maybe try coated Emperors over a clear Diplomat or Ambassador.