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Old 01-28-2008, 11:18 PM
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Default Bass Drum Muffling

I just got a new kit with a whole front bass drum head and love the sound. Sometimes though, it's a tad BIG and wanted to see what some of you do that have a full front head in terms of dampening.

I don't want Lars' "...And Justice for All" sound and don't want to do anything to the front head. What do you all do?

Also, do any of you do the old wool felt strip deal with this set up and how do you like it?
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:46 PM
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Default Re: Bass Drum Muffling

I could go on and on about all the things I have experimented with over the years, but I won't (unless you ask =P )

Currently I have a ring of that "sticky foam" not this exact product but similar...
http://www.amazon.com/Pearl-TS14-Bas.../dp/B0002F5JI6
I put a ring around the batter head as far out as I can, almost touches the shell.
There is also a ring on the resonant head but closer to the center. Then I experimented with different thinkness in blankets, folded them so they fit between the heads just slightly touching them no pressure, and just a little wider then than the bottom two lugs.

This is probably not the best way to muffle the bass but I got the sound I was looking for, so it worked for me. Prob need to mention I still have the factory Pearl logo resonant head on it.
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:10 AM
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Default Re: Bass Drum Muffling

Felt strips are a cool solution: cheap, reversable, and versatile. You can vary how much muffling you get by how you align the strip.

Sometimes a rolled-up hand towel, placed between the pedal and the batter head, or resting against the reso head, can work wonders.

You might also try tuning the reso head up a bit--that will cut down on the sustain.

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Old 01-30-2008, 01:02 AM
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Default Re: Bass Drum Muffling

I do the felt strip with a non-solid front head, and I like it.

The best muffling for solid front heads that I've tried is...

don't laugh...

Slightly crumpled newspaper.

Get a weekly, and loosely crumple the full pages to a tad bigger than softball size. Fill the bottom few inches of the bass drum. Re-attach head.

I've done this with 24" and 26" bass drums for the drummer in my band in which I play bass. It works great!

But hey, it's cheap, and totally non-destructive. All you need is a bit of time.

Cheers!
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:27 PM
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Default Re: Bass Drum Muffling

Larz the tard triggered his bass drum on "And Justice Fer All"
Anywho. I like the bigger bass sound but for years I thought of all kinds of creative ways to stifle the bass drum and by far my best idea (which may not be mine soley) was to take that sound dampening foam (with the egg shapes)and I cut it to fit to where it just barelly touched each head batter and reso. I actually wrapped the entire inside of the drum. This still gave me plenty of projection and boom but did not ring at all. The kind that make your heart skip a beat.
Now I just use 3 moongells on my batter and it just resonates through any club. I love big bass drum sounds.
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:31 PM
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It's Lars, not 'Lars the tard'. Just no need for that at all, really.
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Old 02-27-2008, 09:49 PM
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Default Re: Bass Drum Muffling

My 22" Ludwig Classic bass drum has plain old Ludwig Weather Master heads on both ends, front's not vented. I just stuck a pillow from my bed in there against the batter head, and it's been perfect for 10 years.

After transporting, you sometimes have to shake the drum around a bit to get the pillow right.

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Old 02-27-2008, 10:01 PM
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Your bed must be uncomfortable without your pillow for so long.

Any neck problems from that?
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:29 PM
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The best muffling for solid front heads that I've tried is...

don't laugh...

Slightly crumpled newspaper.
Works for Carmine Appice!
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:24 AM
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Default try camper tape

I use a strip or 2 of foam camper mounting tape. You get it at the hardware store, Sticks well, easily removable, takes the slap out whilst leaving a nice, resonant boom. Try it!
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:27 AM
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Your bed must be uncomfortable without your pillow for so long.

Any neck problems from that?

Oh... in 10 years there have been many more beds and many more pillows.....
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:17 PM
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Oh... in 10 years there have been many more beds and many more pillows.....
Hope some of those pillows were big enough to make your your time with them enjoyable...:P
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:21 AM
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Default Re: Bass Drum Muffling

I don't like to use felt strips, because they interfere with the drum's bearing edge. I've found that the best muffling device is a square towel that's folded into a triangle and then rolled tightly. Place the towel inside the drum with the tip of the triangle facing away from the head -- this way the tip will keep the towel in its place. You can control the amount of muffling by unrolling the towel and moving it away from the head accordingly -- you can go from a solid thud (totally rolled towel) to a slightly controlled resonance (totally unrolled towel just touching the head), and the towel itself is sound absorbing material which cuts the higher frequencies and makes the fundamental pitch more prevalent. If you need, you can of course muffle both heads by using two towels.
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:40 PM
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I love big bass drum sounds too Jon Jon.........

I use a tip I got from the Ian paice video.
I line the B/drum shell with a sheet of foam......seems to work very well on 24 & 26 B/drums & I'm happy with it..

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