Fave batter head for snare drums

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Remo coated vintage emperor is my new favorite on the ol' black beauty.
Remo coated cs reverse dot on the supraphonic.
Remo coated ambassador on the N&C beech.
Ambassador hazy snare side for all of them.
 

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Tried a few and still only like coated Ambs. G1 isn’t bad either but I like how the Amb sounds with brushes better. That said, I don’t hate others…I just like what I like.
 

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Remo coated CS - usually takes away just enough ring and controls/focuses the sound a bit (like it says on the tin)

Remo coated ambassador - if a snare doesn't sound good with one I don't want it

Aquarian texture coated - slightly different flavor and tone of ambassador

Remo PS 77 - didn't think I'd like it but it's really good for rock, surprisingly sensitive
 

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Ambassador is showing up a lot, as is Emperor and UV1, along with the Aquarian reverse dot. A couple of votes for the symphonic heads, as well. This has been interesting thus far. Keep your answers coming!
 

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Calfskin batter (from Stern Tanning) and Remo Ambassador snare-side.

*IF* I had: a) the money, and b) the wherewithal to spend 15 minutes tweaking up the tuning on a 7-drum drumset every time I sat down to play it I'd switch to calfskin batters on the entire set, but I'm too old for that so I use Remo Fiberskyn FDs on the toms and Fiberskyn PS3 Ambassadors on the bass drums. Not quite calfskin but close enough for jazz (or rock'n'roll).
 

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Aquarian Modern Vintage Medium. These work well on my two snares, which are both aluminum. I don't really know how well they emulate calf but I like how they cut out some of the high-pitched ring. Plus, they look cool. I've heard that these heads are essentially Texture Coateds that have been coated twice.
 

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Ambassador is showing up a lot, as is Emperor and UV1, along with the Aquarian reverse dot. A couple of votes for the symphonic heads, as well. This has been interesting thus far. Keep your answers coming!
Did you mean Remo rev dot?
 

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FWIW, on my DW rolled Aluminum I like a Evans Genera Vented Dry, while its big sister, a 6 1/2 maple DW sounds great with a coated Emperor.

My newest, a brass LB401 is singing after I replaced the stock heavy duty Weathermaster with an Ambassador.

All my reso's are either Remo or DW stock.

-Bruce
 

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I like most of them on the right drum in the right application. Diplomat to hydraulic all do something I like. Every time I acquire a new snare though it gets a well used coated ambassador for a baseline sound to tweek from. Usually ambassador hazy on shallow snares and diplomat on deep ones
 

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varatrodder mentioned the 10 mil single ply Evans Strata 1000. I'm using that and the 7.5 mil single ply Strata 700. These are orchestral takes on replicating calfskin heads. I don't need gel or tape with either.
They're great heads. Normally I really dislike Evans heads, but these are great. I ended up buying a set of them for the toms on my walnut stave kit, paired with a Remo Renaissance on the bass drum.
 


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