Sorry for my verbose postings today, but I've noticed another interesting phenomenon. I've bought a new Remo coated Ambassador head. I think it's the best coated Remo I've had ever! The coating is thick matte white, similar to a Vintage Ambassador I bought last year (I used to believe the VAs come with superior coatings) whereas my old coated Remos (assorted from 2016-1 have a slighty translucent, gray-ish tint. The tone is even fatter and a bit more controlled than the Vintage Ambassador head it was replacing, with a very defined attack. Probably to be expected from a dense, solid coating. Maybe they've changed some of the formula? I think they used to be notorious for coating peeling off, but I've been practising with brushes on my recent VAs too, and so far there's not a scrape mark. Seems possible they've upgraded them a bit.