I see a lot of jazz drummers using coated heads on the toms, what is the purpose of this?
Tommy Aldridge talks about using clear heads, just so he can see what's going on stage. ha haYou find a lot of non-jazz drummers do the same as well.
Coated heads give you a warmer sound. Some might also do it for the look, who knows.
I've read Gavin Harrison actually say he prefers coated heads because he doesn't want
to look at a bunch of screws while playing, LOL.