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Old 12-08-2012, 11:19 PM
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Default Re: What is the BEST all-round snare head?

New video I posted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKVRNQbkpJk


Demo'ing SEVEN different heads in alike tuning on a 13" Oak Snare.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:22 PM
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Another vote for the coated Ambassador. Tunes right up and plays great.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:12 AM
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Coated controlled sound is a very common snare head too. Basically just a coated ambo with a 5 mil dot.

I think I've personally seen this one more than the ambo
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:17 AM
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Another vote for the Aquarian Focus-X. Maybe a little dry for some tastes, but it sounds good to me. The coating lasts a lot longer than the CA.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:58 PM
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Default Re: What is the BEST all-round snare head?

Remo Controled Sound and the classic Coated Ambassador
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:19 AM
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Default Re: What is the BEST all-round snare head?

I use a Coated or Clear Controlled Sound but I'd like to try an Ambassador sometime. Personally I prefer the extra density of the sound that the dot on the CS brings to it, and it also seems to dry out the 1-ply section of the head so I can do nice ghosts on those.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:46 PM
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I use a Coated or Clear Controlled Sound but I'd like to try an Ambassador sometime. Personally I prefer the extra density of the sound that the dot on the CS brings to it, and it also seems to dry out the 1-ply section of the head so I can do nice ghosts on those.
Try a Vintage A for a change. They definitely have a sweeter tone and believe it or not it is a 2-ply head. That does NOT make it any LESS open though...the first ply is 10 mil and the 2nd ply is 3 mil. It basically takes the Ambassador, warms it up a small bit, and injects a lot of juice into the tone. It's what the Ambassador was and should be today.

Again, check out my vid : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKVRNQbkpJk

The CA in comparison to me sounded flat and pale. JMO.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:13 PM
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Default Re: What is the BEST all-round snare head?

The classic answer is the coated ambassador, but I love the Evans Strata 1000 and the Genera dry.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:18 AM
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Try a Vintage A for a change. They definitely have a sweeter tone and believe it or not it is a 2-ply head.
They do seem like they'd be an interesting option, my school set has them on the toms, and they have loads of dry, deep attack.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:19 PM
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Default Re: What is the BEST all-round snare head?

I tried a coated Ambassador X for the first time today.
I put it on my Sonor Special Edition Maple 5.5x14.
I cranked it up tight to about 88 in Drum Dial speak for a reference.

I really like it.
A moderate level of dryness with just a hint of ring.
Has a nice fat crack for a Rock back beat.
Very nice feel for buzz roll sensitivity.
The brushes like it a lot too.
Very little sympathetic buzz even with the strainer at looser tension.
Has a warm sound when the throw is off.

Great all around versatile head.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:31 PM
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Default Re: What is the BEST all-round snare head?

The best snare head I have used is without a doubt the Remo 14" coated Ambassador. I've tried a coated Pinstripe, coated Emperor, and coated Ambassador X and nothing compares to it. I've been using them for years now and they haven't failed me yet, other than the coating coming off in the center but hey thats any head. Get one of them and tune it really tight, you won't be disappointed.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:42 AM
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Default Re: What is the BEST all-round snare head?

For me, Remo X14! It is like an Ambassador on steroids, but with a warmer tone. It can go from low to high, great body, great durability, but still open just enough since it is 1 ply like the coated ambassador.
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The coated Evans G Plus is my go-to head for snare these days. The slightly thicker film offers a bit more body and durability while still speaking like you would expect a snare drum to.
I love my G Plus batter heads as well. I have a coated on my 14" main snare and a frosted on my piccolo... great sounding heads.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:17 AM
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Default Re: What is the BEST all-round snare head?

Remo coated amb or coated controlled sound?
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:29 AM
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Default Re: What is the BEST all-round snare head?

coated emperor for rock been using it since the 70s
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