Re: What else have you guys used besides Moongel?
In 1968, I had a then "state of the art" Rogers Dynasonic metal snare, 14x5. That high end drum had an internal tone control, just like the Ludwigs. It never ratted, but I never understood the proper way to use it either. Most guys over cranked them, as I did. some purists insist that anything inside the drum disrupts the flow of sound waves is bad. I can't argue that, but I never heard a difference. Most Symphonic players use handkerchiefs or wallets. Works fine for them! Now I use moon gels, and I don't care if it leaves a blue spot. No one sees it but me, and that's nothing compared to what sticks and brushes do . . .