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Old 07-31-2010, 08:45 PM
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Default Clear or Coated Emperors?

Hey guys,

Just a quick question. I'm just about to re-skin my Pearl Session maple kit. I currently have clear ambassadors on the resos and coated emperors on the batter, which I was quite happy with, but I'm looking for a more contemporary, rnb, hip-hop kinda sound and I think I might get more of that from clear emperors. I found the coated tuned well but maybe cut out a little too much.

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Old 08-01-2010, 01:40 AM
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Default Re: Clear or Coated Emperors?

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Hey guys,

Just a quick question. I'm just about to re-skin my Pearl Session maple kit. I currently have clear ambassadors on the resos and coated emperors on the batter, which I was quite happy with, but I'm looking for a more contemporary, rnb, hip-hop kinda sound and I think I might get more of that from clear emperors. I found the coated tuned well but maybe cut out a little too much.

Thoughts?

Cheers.
I was told that whenever you apply the frosty coating to any heads, the pitch drops slightly because the head is a little heavier than without. That would be the only difference. As far as cutting goes, it's been negligible for me.
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Old 08-01-2010, 04:24 AM
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Default Re: Clear or Coated Emperors?

I use coated Emperors on my toms, over clear, soon to be ebony ambassador resos, and i find they are very versatile. How bout taking your 12 inch tom to GC and trying out a bunch of different combinations of heads and finding whats best for you? May take awhile, but you'll be happy with the outcome.
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:42 AM
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Default Re: Clear or Coated Emperors?

Go for clears. I have the coated Emp's and I'm not impressed at all.

I bought coated for a certain look I was trying to achieve when refinishing my drums, but after hearing them, I swapped them out for my old clear EC2's after all of my project pictures were taken.

My next head purchase will be probably be clear Emperors.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:49 PM
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Default Re: Clear or Coated Emperors?

I like the clear emps on my maple/mahogany Sessions. I had coated emps. Clear seem a little brighter. I have clear amb's on reso. I also finished the interiors of the shells to add a little more brightness. I think. They sound about right to my ears now, more modern, though I did like the thuddyness of the coated emp's, being an old guy.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:03 PM
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Default Re: Clear or Coated Emperors?

I think you should have gone for Coated Ambassadors, although I hear the Vintage A's are excellent heads, in between the Amb's and the Emperor's. Great punch to them very recognisable sound.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:08 AM
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Default Re: Clear or Coated Emperors?

Cheers for that lads... I might go for the clear emperors as I kinda wanted to try them as it is..

On a side-note, I bought an Evans Power Center Reverse Dot today for my 6 1/2'' deep maple masters snare. pretty bright souns, not exactly what I was looking for tbh. Maybe a bit too 'bright' with very little overtone control for that size snare. Have you guys ever used one of these?
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:31 PM
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Default Re: Clear or Coated Emperors?

buy one clear emperor , and try it , if you like how it sound , then get clear emperors for all your toms. this will save money and dissapointments
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:55 PM
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Default Re: Clear or Coated Emperors?

Ah, the eternal question.

I've asked myself the same thing each head change for years. I've swapped back and forth so may times I can't keep up. I find the clear have a slightly more prominant attack with the stick.....they are slightly brighter, while the coated are a little warmer and 'rounder' sounding. Both great heads imho. I'm currently using coated, maybe next time I'll pick up some clears.......or should that be coated again......or clear......damn it...... :-)
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