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Old 09-01-2012, 07:02 PM
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Default Silencer pad for bass drum?

Hey all,

So this afternoon, I bought a bass drum silencer pad and it's not like the ones i've seen only before like where it screws into place.
Rather, it's a 10" rubber pad with 3 straps with sturdy hooks to stretch out and clip to the rim to suspend the pad around where the bass pedal would hit the bass drum.

Now, I broke my bass pedal a few days ago and am finally gonna be able to get the parts I need to fix it tomorrow, so I haven't been able to test it properly.

However, i'm already having doubts.
There's like, 1 cm or 1/2 cm space between the pad and the bass drum head.
Shouldn't it touch?

It looks as tight as I can possibly hook it, am I perhaps placing it wrongly?

Or am I intended to just hit the pad?


It says on the box and receipt specifically that it's a "bass drum MUFFLER", not a practice pad which from how I know this store, would be sold in a separate department.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:57 PM
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Default Re: Silencer pad for bass drum?

Is it this?

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/drums...bass-drum-mute

If you're trying to silence the bass drum, you'll stand a better chance if the pad is completely touching the head at all times. You've got nothing there to stop the vibration. Also, consider using a full size pad the same diameter as the drum. I use drum mutes daily and the Vic Firth bass drum mute is very thick and muffles the sound well. You just stick the velco pads to the drum head and it's on. Comes off very quick via the velcro. Put a bass drum beater patch over the strike area so the pad does not wear down.

If your BD is a 22", a 10" pad isn't even covering half the area and may still be quite loud.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:40 AM
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Default Re: Silencer pad for bass drum?

Yea it kinda looks like that, except it isn't even touching the drum head :3

So i'm assuming once I hit the pad, the pad will hit the head then bounce back, but if so, there's a weird delay to the sound.

Of course, this is just an assumption.
I hit it around with my mallet last night about the same size of a beater and it actually seems to work..

Funny.
I'll try again in a few hours with my fixed pedal itself.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:23 PM
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Default Re: Silencer pad for bass drum?

I'm sure it will give you some muffling - no doubt. It really depends on how much you want to "silence" or just muffle. Heck, if your household is good with that level - then you're cool.

My bass drum is a cannon, and I do lots of double bass footwork when my family is home into the evening. I will say though that it is not exactly silent even with drum mutes (far from it). Though they'd probably go nuts if I didn't use the drum mutes :-)
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