I really appreciate the reply and will check these out between now and the weekend. Will send you a message so as not to drag out this thread unnaturally. Good Stuff-thanks!Contact the guy over at http://www.earpeace.com/ or the guy at http://rockonaudio.com/. Both of these guys had an idea and just needed the manufacturing and marketing parts to come together. There are fabrication "outsourcing" plants in China that will make pretty much whatever you want if you can send them the design and prototypes. That's how the Earpeace guy got started (I have 2 pairs of them and they are great for going to concerts, BTW).
There's a great muffling idea out there called 'Ring Arrestor'. I know it works great because I've used their exact technique forever, as I'm sure many others have. Even the old jazzers used a coin in some cloth. The point is, the idea lets the head speak. I just didn't really see how to make it sell-able at the time, nor was I inclined. The other muffling solutions are good too, but none are without their flaws. I can speak about them freely because mine is ultimately a better solution, at least for me.
I've seen two of my ideas go to market. So I'm planning my own dealie-yo, but will farm out some of the 'generic' stuff. Not cuz "I wantmemoney"! Cause I want to document some music before I need training wheels just to get behind the kit! And be with family when that's called for! And go meet DW players at NAMM! I want to play music. Period. But I'm in the hamster wheel and can't get off; I don't own 14 snare drums, I own one rasty one. Am not complaining- I have an incredibly blessed life. I just have some good stuff for fellow drummers, and I'm just being pro-active about my finances, now that I can.