Re: Ebony vs. Clear Heads
I think any drumset with quality heads tuned well will sound good. The operating principle is that they're tuned well. I've tried all kinds of heads over my lifetime and can get at least an acceptable sound out of every type.
But I played at a big church once that supplied a mic'd kit behind the shield, and in the house it sounded good. In this case, I think it keeps the acoustic drum sound from bleeding into all the other mics and makes it easier on the sound guy and the room.
Remember when Garth Brooks had his drummer in that plexiglass case? Tthey would just use a forklift to put the drumset in place and leave the set always set-up inside. Same idea.