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Old 11-15-2006, 07:05 PM
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I really like my Aquarian Texture coated Powerdot head. Very powerful

on my auxsnare I like the 1 ply coated head.
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Old 11-18-2006, 12:09 AM
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ATTACK Terry Bozzio white coated
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Old 11-19-2006, 07:15 PM
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I started off using Remo emperors years ago, and changed to a Aquarian Hi-energy about a year and never thought i would change from this head, i thought i would try something different and bought an Evans power center reverse dot,,, wooow this head has blown me away......
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:43 PM
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Old 11-21-2006, 01:53 AM
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after trying a bunch, there is still no beating a coated ambassador.
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:14 AM
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Evans genera......my new favorite...on my chad smith it sounds incredible
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Old 11-25-2006, 03:53 AM
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Used to use the Terry Bozzio ATTACK head (a pretty nice head really) with the TB resonant head as well, but I've switched to Aquarian Focus X with Center Dot. REALLY nice head! I still have the TB ATTACK resonant, but I'm going to change it (just not my cup of tea).
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Old 12-04-2006, 02:08 AM
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after trying a bunch, there is still no beating a coated ambassador.
*sigh* it's true. :( now if only they didn't wear thin so fast.
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Old 12-04-2006, 02:23 AM
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Old 12-04-2006, 02:32 AM
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Remo Powerstroke III......................
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Old 12-04-2006, 04:38 AM
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Old 12-04-2006, 04:45 AM
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after trying a bunch, there is still no beating a coated ambassador.
I like the sound, but the aquarian coated are warmer, and the coating seems more durable.

I don't like 2-ply or pre-muffled heads on a snare drum.

I like my snares like I like my chicken: extra crispy.
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Old 12-04-2006, 06:53 AM
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Right now Im using a Remo Emperor Coated X. I love it, so its either between that, or the Coated Ambassodor.
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Old 12-07-2006, 02:02 PM
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Evans Power Center Reverse Dot, they are very durable, and great sounding when tuned high.
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Old 12-14-2006, 12:03 AM
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Another vote for the Evans Power Center Reverse Dot.

I just spent a few hours messing around with some of my snares. I was into the Genera Dry heads for a while. I think they'd be great in the studio or even mic'ed, but the fall a little short in the volume department for playing live.

I fooled around with an Evans EC2 power dot snare batter, but after mounting it on two different drums, A Brady 7 X13, and a Dunnett titanium 6.5 X 13, I've decided it totally kills the drums. Again, maybe a good choice in the studio. The cross stick sounded super dead also.

I drug out a 4 X14 Craviotto that I haven't messed with for a while. It had an Aquarian New Oleans Special batter head over an Evans 300. After a little tuning I played some second line style stuff on it and it sounded really good. Surprisingly the drum had tons of bottom end for a shallow drum. With the wires set real loose it sounded great.

I've pretty much settled on single ply batters. I still like the dry heads for home practice where volume isn't an issue, but for live the singles seem to be the ticket.

I'm going to try a plain old G1 and see how that works out. Just another reason to go to GC tonight.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:39 AM
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Reviving an old thread here.

I've had good luck with several heads but I think it depends on each snare. On my Musashi I've had the best luck with Remo Vintage A, Evans HD Genera Dry, and currently (believe it or not) a regular old Aquarian Classic Clear. Turn that sucker up tight and you've got a wet, loud, responsive and crisp snare sound.

On my Pearl Free Floater I've had good experiences with the Evans HD Genera Dry, and more recently the Remo Fiberskyn Ambassador. I had a Fiberskyn on my Musashi and it sounded horrible. So that's what I mean. The Evans PCRD I have on the FF now I'm not too fond of, but that may change in time - after all I totally hated the Vintage A on the Musashi at first when I was used to using no moon gels, but after a few weeks it quickly became my fave.

I have an Ultratone Steel Snare too that doesn't like much else besides clear heads with power dots. I tried about 3 other heads on it and they all dried it out too much and sucked up the tone like I had poured sand into it. The clear heads give a wet attack and that snare really likes one type of head.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:31 PM
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I use a Powerstroke III or a Controlled Sound. Like a defined sound, not too much ringing going on.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:34 PM
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Aquarian Hi Energy, Hi, Velocity, Evans Genera HD, ST dry, PCRD.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:05 PM
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Evans Power Center Reverse Dot, or G Plus/G12. I had a very good experience with a Remo Coated CS Reverse recently, as well.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:01 PM
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On my Yamaha Loud Concept 14x7 Oak I use Evans G1 coated which i prefer live and Remo CS dot in the studio.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:27 PM
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I've finally figured out my favorite snare batter just a few months ago. I've been playing for decades and never attempted to really find "my sound" on the snare. Recently I was listening to some of my favorite snare sounds from the 70s and watching some live videos, and it seemed that most of the time they were using Remo Clear Black Dot Control Sound heads. There's a certain pop that I wanted and these seemed to have it. So I bought one for one of my snares a few months ago for the first time and voila, there was that sound I was looking for. I had used Evans G1s, G-Plus, Reverse Dot and another Evans head that I can't remember off the top of my head, Remo Ambassadors, Fiberskyns, Emperors and Coated Pinstripes etc.... I was generally pleased with all of them really, but the Remo clear CS black dot really is the sound I have in my head. I own 3 snares and the CS Black Dots are on all of them now.
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:32 AM
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I've used quite a few on my 13x5 Padauk stave. Here are my thoughts about each:

Coated Ambassador/Texture Coated- a great, all-purpose sound. I know I can put one of these one and be ready for practically any gig, even if they're not my favorite head. The TC is a little brighter than the Ambassador and seems a little less 'sweet' to me, so I prefer the Amb.

Vintage A- a two-ply head that's about the same thickness as an Ambassador, I liked it quite a bit, even though I tend to dislike two-ply heads. Just enough thickness for a little... well, thicker tone. However, this has lost its appeal after I tried...

X14- A single-ply 14mil head. I can't tell you how much I love this one. It gives me oodles of rebound and a really sweet feeling with plenty of body in the sound, and it seems like I can tension it higher and keep a lower pitch, which is really great. Plus they're extremely durable. Probably my favorite.

Clear Controlled Sound- Also one of my favorites. Yes, it's clear- a great thing. The lack of coating gives it a lot more bite than coated heads I've tried, and it reacts beautifully to high tensions- my go-to head for a sort of "djent" snare sound.

HD Dry- My least favorite. It's two ply, which really deadens both tone and response IMO, and it has a ridiculous amount of muffling. The EMAD of snare heads- really easy to tune, but very limited in versatility. Of course, you may like it, but ugh- I definitely do not.

I want to get a White Suede Emperor and a Hybrid sometime, and an Orchestral 300 snare-side to check out how the inherent dryness works with my drum.

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I own 3 snares and the CS Black Dots are on all of them now.
Just saw this, what a coincidence! I'm not crazy :)
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:02 AM
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Well thought out post. I like the HD because it seems to filter - not just deaden - unwanted overtones. And it has this dry crack that is unmistakeable. I usually will recommend it to folk who have cheaper snares as it really does make them sound better.

The new coated ambassadors I could do without - entirely. I've played on them before and they were a great head but something changed; and now they feel like playing dingy cardboard. I stay away as far as I can with new coated ambassadors. I much prefer the vintage a!
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:16 AM
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Well thought out post. I like the HD because it seems to filter - not just deaden - unwanted overtones. And it has this dry crack that is unmistakeable. I usually will recommend it to folk who have cheaper snares as it really does make them sound better.

The new coated ambassadors I could do without - entirely. I've played on them before and they were a great head but something changed; and now they feel like playing dingy cardboard. I stay away as far as I can with new coated ambassadors. I much prefer the vintage a!
It's certainly a good 'repair patch' for cheaper drums, or maybe something with a damaged edge. Ah well, if you like it- that's your thing :)

I haven't really noticed any of the cardboard effect you're talking about. The most recent Ambassador I have is from January, I think- haven't heard anything about their process changing recently though.
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:46 AM
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Reviving an old thread here.

I've had good luck with several heads but I think it depends on each snare.
Yes, it's a really old thread, huh?

I agree that it depends on the snare drum. Each one has its own character.

I've always used a coated Ambassador, but I too have noticed the coating wears out too fast now. So, lately I've tried the Aquarian texture coated reverse dot on my Big Black and an Evans PCRD coated G1 on my Acrolite. They are both great heads. Only time will tell which one I like better.
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X14- A single-ply 14mil head. I can't tell you how much I love this one. It gives me oodles of rebound and a really sweet feeling with plenty of body in the sound, and it seems like I can tension it higher and keep a lower pitch, which is really great. Plus they're extremely durable. Probably my favorite.
The Remo X14 is currently my favorite snare head... I have them on almost all of my snares! They are meaty, they pop, great, and their durable! They sound great on every snae I put it on.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:23 PM
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The Remo X14 is currently my favorite snare head... I have them on almost all of my snares! They are meaty, they pop, great, and their durable! They sound great on every snae I put it on.
I was going to get one of these to try it, but I opted for the other one that I got. I almost wish I had gotten one or a G12 just to try it. After reading these reviews, now I have to try one. Maybe that Black Chrome too down the road a little.
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