I just spent the last 12 years using Aquarian Texture Coated heads on all of my drums (except the bass drum). I loved their warmth and the roundness of their tone. During this period I thought clear heads were for younger players who weren’t very adept at tuning, since they were easier to dial in and could hold a decent tone longer for harder hitters. Then I bought a set of Pearl Reference Pure drums last winter, which came with Clear Emperors on the toms, and my attitude completely changed. Sure, they were louder than coated heads, but their tone was really musical. Now I’m using clear heads again and loving them.
How about you? Have you used the same type of heads for years, or do you experiment with your head selection?