2 years ago#1
shashi_13m
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Hi, I'm a new drummer and I'm wondering the best way to dampen my drums. Some say tape........... others say cloth under the heads.....A rag laid on the head vastly improves the sound and dampens the ringing sound..These are 70's Ludwig concert toms and deep snare......Thanks for any help.....JG

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2 years ago#2
Luckmeister
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I played with a guy once (I'm a guitarist) who swore by pantie liners. They're self adhesive, remove without ruining the head, and can be moved around under the head until you find just the right place for them. Use one or more depending on the degree of damping required.

Stranger things have worked for weirder needs ...

Good luck, Jeff

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2 years ago#3
UKsceptic
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Hi! That's a frequently asked question. Go to this page on our website and you'll find answers: http://www.rmmpfaq.club24.co.uk/toctuning.htm

Basically, the better you become at tuning and playing your drums the more you realize why drums are sold without muffling devices.

George Lawrence

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2 years ago#4
ssarmyrem
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That is true. Well now they are anyway, in the 70's there were Ludwigs that came with dampening devices built into the drum, even on the toms. That's kind of ridiculous I think.

As a rule I don't like to dampen anything, with the exception of the bass drum maybe. If you dampen the snare or the toms, the drums really sound flat and don't have much life to them.

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2 years ago#5
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This will date me good and proper, but I¹ve got a batch of these external round felt dampers which clamp on to the rim; you use a wingnut to control how hard they press and the heads pivot so you can quickly dampen or not.

Bart Windrum, Director, SoftSmart LLC Developers of It¹sYourMove! (tm) - Ergonomic stretching for stress relief through Virtual and/or On-Site Workshops http://softsmart.com

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2 years ago#6
David Knisely
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moon gel works very well on smaller toms. dead ringers on others. or cut up old drum heads to make your own dead ringers. find an old head the size of your drum, cut a 1' circle out of the outer edge of the head...lay on drum.

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2 years ago#7
scott georgeson
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That is the same method I use... The old drumhead way. Works great.

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1 year ago#8
toonxz
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I just discovered that foam self-adhesive weather-stripping is an exellent way to dampen drum heads. You can cut them to any length and bend them in a circle if you want. They are a quick and effective on the spot solution and easily remove for re-adjustment or if you`re done with them. I`m using them to reduce vibrations for drum triggering. It works great! You can cut them any length and bend to shape to customize for the specific drum size. For example, I found that the smaller toms needed little or no foam, and the need increased with diameter. It looks much better than panty liners I`m sure!

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1 year ago#9
copper
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toonxz:

It looks much better than panty liners I`m sure!




I'm sure too!!

Great tip btw, thank you very much for that
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1 year ago#10
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i would say all of the above the thing is, for every drum, head, and dampening technique there are those who like and dislike the result play around with different heads, dampenings, drums, and environments (inside, outside, studio,small room, big room, hot dry wet cold...... there is no single best way find what works for you have fun

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1 year ago#11
Drummer901
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""Yes"

Thank you on the good thought "

Please keep it coming

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1 year ago#12
Tim Goldman
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Hi,

With all due respect this post is 1 yr. old and I'm not sure whether to answer this with a reply or not! If you don't mind would you reply and let me know if you got the answers that you were looking for or not?

Thanks,

Tim

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1 year ago#13
Drummer901
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Fell like put it on here .Then do it {IF} not don't do it ...

Tim

I know lot's of posted on here ...Been on here for a good long long time ....I am going to ask the {CHOPPer} about something ...When he come's back on here ""

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1 year ago#14
Tim Goldman
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Thanks for your help!

Tim

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1 year ago#15
Tim Goldman
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Drums are made to ring. No pro as I know of muffles their drums except for the bass drum.I know this to be a fact because I'm a pro myself,at least I want to think so

Tim

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13 months ago#16
gocheer
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I was going to try styrofoam peanuts like you get in boxes. A friend at church did this in his bass drum and it worked fine and kept the weight down.

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11 months ago#17
mokerdaddy
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the best way i have found it to put the cloth under the headds use like a old pillow case and it will give you the best deep sound for the drum

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10 months ago#18
TimLep
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Would this work well for a bass drum? if so, how far out from the edge should the stripping be placed? an inch?

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10 months ago#19
Drummer901
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David Knisely wrote:
moon gel works very well on smaller toms. dead ringers on others. or cut up old drum heads to make your own dead ringers. find an old head the size of your drum, cut a 1' circle out of the outer edge of the head...lay on drum.



LOL " No **** .....I said that all long "

Be saying that same old story ....OOOOOO LOng time

But you can same the old heads Or buye the cut out's Either way....Up to you ,and you only
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10 months ago#20
Drummer901
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Tim Goldman wrote:
Drums are made to ring. No pro as I know of muffles their drums except for the bass drum.I know this to be a fact because I'm a pro myself,at least I want to think so:laugh: :laugh:


Right on TIM ...Made to ring it's azz off ....Something i can't stand ....Solve the Problem !!

On my case i did just that .Might not all the ,Ring ,out of ,Sure will help it a lot ...

Just watch out how to tune the heads ....
Tim
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8 months ago#21
chip
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im playing now with out. i did use the foam dead ringers back in the 19 hundreds. thinking about going back to it. in or out of the studio. i like the deep dead sound

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7 months ago#22
M3
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I just got out of POGO Studio for 5 days, the Kick Drum was muffled with a blanket type material. The other tubs had some kind of gummy rubbery sticky strips stuck to the heads. It worked well. The set was Gretsch and you all know how they are, the toms (with evans heads) sustain quickly and sound much larger than they really are. When I go back next week I will find out what that gummy material is and post.

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7 months ago#23
scooter greenbud
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I have been drumming for thirty years and just recently found ultimate product for dampening ringing drum heads-caulking.Use any latex caulking (clear will look better) . Apply a bead about two inches from edge and about half way around.When the caulking dries it comes off easily in one piece, but will not come off while playing. You can experiment with thicker or longer beads depending on the desired effect.I have tried everything else-deadringers,moon gels,tape etc but nothing works as well, is cheaper or is as adjustable.good luck and beat em good.

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5 months ago#24
Scooter
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I have been drumming in bands since 1981. I can tell you that no matter what drum, or what room you are in, you always need some dampening on your heads. Too much sustain makes it hard to hear 8th, 16th, and 32nt notes. Hard to hear, not from the drummer's perspective, but from the listener's. The same applies with or without microphones.......

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5 months ago#25
Mike "Diego" Avin
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It was probably Moon Gel or DrumGum. Ringo Starr covered his toms and snare with a towel if that helps. I find a piece of toilet paper folded into a tiny square an taped onto the head works good. But you have to put it on both Batter and Resonant heads.

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4 months ago#26
Donald Ray
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I use the Drum Rings .On the tom's and snare .Sounds good .So use them unless you want it to Ring more then ever .

I use them in the Studio and playing out .

Forget what Drummers said about use drum rings .

You can actually buy them at the drum shop or use your old heads to cut them out ..Period .

Heck it's your choice to use what ever you want to use .But the Drums rings is the way to go .

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4 months ago#27
Scooter
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That's right.... I got a set of studio rings, and it is perfect. They do not muffle. They just cut the ring down dramatically. I have enjoyed seeing all these ideas. Great discussion....

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4 months ago#28
Drummer901
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They just cut the ring down dramatically. I have enjoyed seeing all these ideas. Great

That is the only one I would ever use on my drums heads .


The REMO drum rings only.

They probably might make other brands of drum rings beside REMO.

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