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Old 10-22-2012, 05:43 PM
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Default Wood / Wooden Bass Drum Beaters

I've been searching threads for weeks and couldn't find the answer I wanted: Do wooden bass drum beaters make the 'clicking' sound I'm trying to avoid? My felt beater is too quiet for practice and I wanted something heavier and louder. I have a 18 x 22 (length by diameter) bass drum with a coated, unported resonant head. I want boom and punch out of it, which I have, but I need more volume.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:49 PM
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Default Re: Wood / Wooden Bass Drum Beaters

A wooden bass drum beater would most certainly give you more punch. You can expect a noticeable increase in attack and volume. But you said you are trying to avoid the clicking sound? The wooden beaters do have that. Have you tried a felt beater that is harder?

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Old 10-22-2012, 06:09 PM
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A wooden bass drum beater would most certainly give you more punch. You can expect a noticeable increase in attack and volume. But you said you are trying to avoid the clicking sound? The wooden beaters do have that. Have you tried a felt beater that is harder?

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Yeah i've tried that, doesn't seem to increase the volume enough... Guess I'm out of luck. The plastic side gives more attack without the clicking but it's still not loud enough.
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Default Re: Wood / Wooden Bass Drum Beaters

Do you have a pillow or a blanket in your kick drum? If so, you can take that out and use less muffling. Like a 4-6inch wide strip of felt (towels and t-shirts work too) sandwiched between the shell and the head and pulled tight against the head. On the batter and the reso. That would give you a bit more volume, and you wouldn't have to deal with the click.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:44 PM
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Do you have a pillow or a blanket in your kick drum? If so, you can take that out and use less muffling. Like a 4-6inch wide strip of felt (towels and t-shirts work too) sandwiched between the shell and the head and pulled tight against the head. On the batter and the reso. That would give you a bit more volume, and you wouldn't have to deal with the click.
So you think I should place something between the shell, head, and rim?
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Here's a video of Dan Zalac giving a brief advertisement for his kick drum tuning video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srpcb...eature=related

It doesn't go into detail, but you can at least have a visual reference for this muffling technique.

A little muffling on the kick goes a long, long, way. And too much can kill the volume and body of the drum. What muffling are you using for your kick now?
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