Well said. I've also noticed the changing stages as noted. For the last couple years I have been installing my heads without pushing down and cracking the rim of the heads. I just put then on and tune and it will take a while to level out. But I tune my drums prior to every gig anyway so I don't see the problem. My Ambassador's have the nicest tone that I prefer.Ambassador heads don't sound their best right out of the box, but like a pair of Sperry Topsiders they become wonderful as they age. I think this is also true with the emperor heads. I actually like the shallower collar of my Ludwig heads for snare batter, but Ambassadors are still wonderful - especially for my toms. The Remo coated heads have different stages of breaking in, and some may have difficulty dealing with that. First they stretch over a few days and you have to adjust tuning little by little during that period. Stage two is stick marking. The coating is affected by continuous impacts, and the effect is a warmer and richer sound as it goes. This is where it starts feeling and sounding better to me than the ones that sound great out of the box. Stage three is loss of little bits of coating starting from the middle. This is where the true magic happens, and it becomes like that favorite pair of shoes that you've come to love over time. That stage is the longest stage, and though it may not be a favorite for brushers on snare batters, it's great for a rock or blues snare and all toms. To me, the warmth and richness at that stage compared to other heads is like half and half compared to 2% milk.
+1 on the UV1's. My understanding is that they're just a longer lasting version of the G1's, and unlike you I haven't tried a bunch of different heads, but I like the UV1's I bought.I’ve tried all my different heads and for me, coated Ambies sound best on my Rogers XP8 kit. On my modern kits, I go with UV1’s. Also use UV1’s on my Rogers Holidays.
I don’t think that’s true. Remo’s actually sound and feel better to a lot of people, myself included. I didn’t like them when I was younger, looking for that “pre-eq’d” sound. But Remo just sound better in context, kind of like gretsch drums. A little weird by themselves, but perfect in a mix.To repeat what others have said, I think the popularity of Remo Coated Ambassadors is mostly a consequence of tradition. Like Coca-Cola and Kleenex, Remo Coated Ambassadors were just there with market share first. And also like Coca-Cola and Kleenex, Remo Coated Ambassadors have remained a consistent quality product (although I've read that the Ambassadors faltered for a year or two).
Helping Remo Coated Ambassadors remain in a dominant position is frankly its bewildering number of competitors. When I was shopping for a snare drum head, I watched a YouTube video in which some 60+ snare drum heads were compared. Believe it or not, I had slight preferences for some over the others. But there were way too many to discriminate meaningfully among them (and it was another guy's snare on top of it). Confronted with so many options, a normal person just says "I'll take a Coke," "Give me a Kleenex," or "How about a Remo Ambassador?"
Add that most drummers only buy new heads every few months or years. Unless they have money to burn and enjoy changing heads, they have to keep it simple. Remo Coated Ambassadors are simple.
In my case, the last time I bought I intended to buy Remo Coated Ambassadors, but the shop didn't have a full set in all the sizes I needed so I ended up with a mix of coated Aquarian and Evans. My decision making was a bit more complex (and boring) than this, but the upshot is that I don't think it made much of a difference. I think I like the Aquarian heads a little less than Remo and the Evans heads a little more, but it's such a close call that it's unimportant.
Of course, there's a younger generation that grew up with something other than Remo Coated Ambassadors as the norm. My bet is that their bias isn't always in favor of Remo and Remo probably doesn't have the market share it once had. But the fact that nearly everyone plays a coated snare head probably still helps Remo Coated Ambassadors. Departures from Remo have seemingly mostly been for toms and bass drums. Even drummers with a strong preference for other heads in general probably gravitate toward Remo Coated Ambassadors for the snare they way they buy Cokes and Kleenex.
I don't think there's the disagreement you impute.I don’t think that’s true. Remo’s actually sound and feel better to a lot of people, myself included. I didn’t like them when I was younger, looking for that “pre-eq’d” sound. But Remo just sound better in context, kind of like gretsch drums. A little weird by themselves, but perfect in a mix.
I like Evans G1 better. They tend to fit older USA drums better and I prefer the coating and feel over Remo. However, I like PS3 clear or coated for BD batter head. Just personal preference I guess.For me?
Familiarity. Even with "all the warts" (or 'wart'-head coating wear), I *know* what I'm getting and I like it....
However, Sweetwater had a sale and I now find myself surrounded by Evans....lol!