That's the combo I've ended up using, too, but with single-ply clears on the reso. The coated Ambassadors on ride tom batters really define the tone of those drums, while the Emperors on the floor tom batters aid in accentuating the low end. The intervals work out just right in my case.On the batter side I use coated Vintage Ambassadors on my snare drums and rack toms, I use coated Vintage Emperors on my floor toms, I really like this combination. On the resonant side I'm using regular coated Ambassadors on all rack and floor toms. The kit is a brand new Gretsch USA Custom.
I would add that the polyester film used is different, too. Whatever they use in the Vintage Emps has a darker, warmer sound IME. They were my absolute favorites for quite a while. I could easily go back to them and be happy.1 mil in thickness. Regular Emperor is 2 plies of 7 mil, and Vintage Emperor is 2 plies of 7.5 mil
So, you mean a coated smooth white Emperor? I believe Remo already makes that head, or did in the past. If it isn't a current production item they still might make them for you as a special order.My hope/wish is that Remo would use the 10 ml film that they make the coated ambassador with and get some of that same film in 7 ml and create a new emperor. That opaque film has something special about it in sound quality, plus the coating seems to adhere better to that film.
The heads you are referring to are 2 plies of 7.5 mil. Years ago, early 80's, coated emperors were not clear. They had an opaque film and sounded better. Then they started making them with clear film and they didn't sound quite as good IMO, nor did the coating adhere as well.. The vintage emperor seems to be closer to the correct film, but it too is 2 plies of 7.5 mil film. I'd like to see the standard coated emperor being made with the 7 mil opaque film again. You wouldn't think it would make much of a difference, but the different film and extra .5 mil of thickness definitely does.So, you mean a coated smooth white Emperor? I believe Remo already makes that head, or did in the past. If it isn't a current production item they still might make them for you as a special order.