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The head of the drum, as said on the previous page, is the most important element in terms of defining a drum's sound. Most heads you buy nowadays are made of plastic or mylar, though before that they were made of animal skin. You may notice some drumheads are clear and some are white. The white ones are still plastic, but are coated with a grainy material. This is particularly useful for jazz drummers who use wire brushes on their drums for effect. When the brushes go against the coating, it creates the desired sound. If these brushes are used on the clear coated heads, it doesn't create the same effect.