Re: Moongel vs dampening rings
The 2 muffling methods work quite differently.
A ring sitting on a batter head will let almost all of the initial overtones through, because when you hit the head it goes down faster than gravity can pull the ring, so in effect the drum is unmuffled until the head comes back up. (Thatís happening all too fast to see, of course.)
With Moon Gel, itís in contact with the head at all times, so its damping effect is constant.
I use rings on my snares so I get a nice bright attack but controlled sustain, and I use a wee bit of gel on toms only if Iím trying to eliminate a particular overtone. (My 13 inch tom in particular is a pain that way.)