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Old 08-25-2012, 10:08 AM
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Mixing Coated and Clear heads


I know very little about drums.

I bought a set of drums for my wife. She wants to learn how to play. I bought a used set that had worn batter heads, but all the heads were clear. I ordered a set of heads to replace them and found out that I ordered coated instead of clear batter heads. I did not replace the clear resonant heads......yet.

Is what I did unheard of? Did I commit a drumming blasphemy by mixing coated and clear heads?
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:20 AM
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Re: Mixing Coated and Clear heads


I asked several different drummers about head selection before I bought new heads for my kit (I am a beginner also) they all had favorites, but they did agree on one point---if you are just learning get something durable, and worry about sound later!
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Re: Mixing Coated and Clear heads


Thanks! I lost sight of the idea that initially the learning IS more important. Absolutely right!
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Re: Mixing Coated and Clear heads


Do they sound good or is there some discrepency?

As a beginner, get a taste of them all...

If she likes the sound, great. If not contemplate in the fututre.

BTW what genre of music and apparently those are PEARL Drums...

But then again as a beginner, you'll have to seek what sound as far as what genre of music you'r both looking for.
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Re: Mixing Coated and Clear heads


Thanks, Jim. I think they sound fine. I am really not a drum player so I have no idea how this was going to affect the sound but I will say that they sound "right" to me. I watched some videos on how to replace and tune the heads and that helped to make sure I did it correctly.

She likes AC/DC and the like so I have started her out on "Back in Black". It's a fairly easy beat (she does not do the off beats, she just plays through them) but the steady 1-3 beat allows her to work on coordinating the pedal, snare and high hat and developing a steady beat. So far so good.......
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Re: Mixing Coated and Clear heads


After being married over 35 years, I learned that if it makes her happy, keep your trap shut.
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After being married over 35 years, I learned that if it makes her happy, keep your trap shut.
Sooo TRUE!!!! Only experience and practice can teach that!
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Re: Mixing Coated and Clear heads


I have always preferred coated batter heads for a warm sound and thin, clear resonant heads for a full resonant tone, just like on snare drums. So your "mistake" is a happy one in my books.
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Re: Mixing Coated and Clear heads


Coated and clear is really just a preference thing. You have to experiment with different heads over time and slowly you'll find which ones you like. Keep in mind the clearness/coatedness of a head are definitely not the only factors in the sound.
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Re: Mixing Coated and Clear heads


Interesting; I personally prefer coated singly ply heads on all snare drums, and 3 of my 4 kits have coated batter heads on them (Evans G1's or G2's), I used clear reso heads on all my toms, and on the bass it's Evan's EQ series batter heads. I have one kit with Evans Clear G1's on it, and that is my Birch TAMA set. From my personal experience, I find that clear batter heads tend to be a bit more 'punchy' than the more mellow coated heads. I also prefer coated heads as they're far more responsive to brushes. No wrong answers really, just have to figure out what sounds best for you. Enjoy and please keep us posted!
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