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Which Do You Prefer: Clear Or Coated Heads?

“Do you prefer clear or coated heads for your tom batters?”

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Pete Magadini
Age “old enough”
Years Playing 40
Band Independent
“I like clear heads on the toms. That gives me a more ’studio’-sounding kit, which is what I prefer.

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Dean Butterworth
Age n/a
Band Good Charlotte
Years Playing 32
“I love clear tom heads for live gigs, I feel they have a richer, thicker, warmer sound. I like both clear and coated in the studio – it just depends on the song and music style when I make my choice.”

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Steve Roberts
Age 43
Years Playing 30
Band Godsticks
“I prefer clear heads with the rock gigs but coated for jazz. I hit harder for the rock shows and never use any dampening on toms as I prefer the open, resonant sound.”

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Matt Wilson
Age 48
Years Playing 41
Band Matt Wilson Trio
“I prefer coated really only so that I can play brush strokes on them. I dig sweeping around the set. It allows yet another way of offering a sound and mood to a song.”

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Tracy Broussard
Age 41
Years Playing 31
Band Blake Shelton
“I have gone back and forth between coated and clear heads, but for the last few years, I have settled on coated batter heads.”

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Ralph Peterson
Age 50
Years Playing 41
Band Ralph Peterson Trio
“I have always preferred coated heads because: 1) I play brushes. 2) There is the combination of sharp high overtones and centered warm tone that allow me to play a full variety of sounds, feels, and music.”

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