I read in an interview that Bonham used to shred newspaper and maybe fill a quarter of the bass drum with it for his muffling. Then his tech at one show, when he was changing heads, forgot to put the paper back in and left it wide open, giving him this incredibly loud bellowing sound and Bonham went with it. But it would be cool to try these techniques.Good luck Bo sounds like a great opportunity. At the risk of sounding thick can you explain the Bonham newspaper thingy please. ;-D
And just last night the wife and I went to a drum corps show and saw the Blue Devils get beaten by Carolina Crown. But the Blues totally had a great sound. They mixed synthesizer and drumset into their sound but nothing stuck out like it didn't belong. Theirs was a way-out show, but sonically everything felt like it belonged where it was. DCI will be interesting this year come August.Sounds like a unique opportunity, Bo- and I'm a little envious since I've been yearning for my percussion instructor to add drumset to the marching band I wish you luck in your loud-ifying efforts!
I might even try that Bonham thing of putting cut-up newspaper in the bass drum too. It's nice to have a chance to actually try this out in a musical situation. That's really exciting!Good fun Bo Black dots should do the volume thing for you perfectly, especially on the 26" bass drum. Wide open big drums + horns = fecking superb!