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Old 09-12-2010, 04:55 AM
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Default does anyone use diplomats anymore?

seems like everyone uses ambassadors or g1's for resonant head. I was at the local Guitar Center the other day, they said they don't even keep them stocked at the store. i would assume its because of the popularity of the 2 ply batters. But what about the ambassador batter people, you'd think many of them would use a diplomat.
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:27 AM
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Default Re: does anyone use diplomats anymore?

I believe in the same weight head top and bottom if we're using single ply heads. So I'd put Ambassadors top and bottom.

I put a Diplomat on a concert snare drum once and I was so happy to play Revel's Bolero with it! Then I broke it when I used it for a rock gig the next week! Thin is good, but it cannot be bashed!
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:11 AM
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I really don't care for the sound of a 7.5 mil resonant head. I believe the give the toms a slightly higher pitch than a 10 mil head. My Gretsch Renowns came with 7.5 mil resonant heads on all the toms, and they were changed immediately.

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Old 09-12-2010, 01:30 PM
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Default Re: does anyone use diplomats anymore?

Well, GC prolly doesn't keep them in stock because their particular clientele has no use for them. I'm not sure that's a definitive sample.

They are useful as resos to cut sustain. Used to be common for jazz guys to use them as such.
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:50 PM
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Default Re: does anyone use diplomats anymore?

I've used Coated Dips a few times as reso's, but I just like the sound of Coated Ambassadors on top and bottom over any other combination or type of head.

I like using the same film for both sides to get the most out of the drum.

Coated Emp on top, with a Coated Amb on the bottom is a great combo too, but for me the Ambassadors just have the sound I want.

I also like a Black Dot top, with a Clear Dot bottom combo.
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