Re: More experience as a drummer, less muffling of the kit..what does that tell us?
Jeezus stop the love fest already Synthetik ;-)
Bermuda is a pro, good for him. Unless I read wrong, so is Cdrums (skimming, so maybe I messed it up).
In any case, Cdrums points are very persuasive.
On a side note, I could care less if Portnoy tapes, muffles moon gels and pinstripes. His music requires that. He is a staccatto style drummer with lots of single short notes. It isn't very musical (to me) but it does sound cool, and most importantly, fits the music.
The way I look at this issue is that resonant drums and dark cymbals are an acquired taste that come with experience and maturity. Just like when I was young I didn't like coffee, beer or wine, but now those are three of the finest pleasures.