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Old 12-20-2008, 11:04 AM
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i just bought a used cowbell from guitar center today for $15
it appears to be an lp salsa es-7. i like its tone but id like to kill some of the overtones and give it more os a stick sound.
what is the best way to muffle a cowbell? ive seen people wrap em in duct tape but i dont really want to change the surface of it. can i put tape inside?
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:36 AM
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errr, put a tiny little pillow inside it? or some cloth, tape it to the inside?
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:18 PM
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Don't the LP salsa cowbells come with little muffling dots already installed on the inside?
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:25 PM
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Don't the LP salsa cowbells come with little muffling dots already installed on the inside?
yes. i am looking for a little more. i think i might throw a moongel inside and see how that sounds...
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:22 PM
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I stuff a crumpled up plastic grocery bag in mine. Works like a charm.
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:55 PM
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I wrapped my Toca 6" cowbell in electrical tape. It sounds great, and kills overtones.
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:19 PM
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stretch a sock over it,works for me.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:37 PM
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Hmmm... sounds like you didn't really get the particular sound you were looking for. There's a world of different cowbell models, out there is the one you want without any muffling....
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:13 AM
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yes. i am looking for a little more. i think i might throw a moongel inside and see how that sounds...
Can you not buy some more muffling dots?
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:16 AM
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Default Re: cowbell muffling...

MOONGEL.
Do it.

Seriously, I think that Moongel would probably be your best bet, seeing how it removes not all overtones and it's just so god damn magical. If not, socks could definitely work. Potentially just duct taping the bottom/ not-hitting-with-stick surface..?
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:24 AM
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try MoonGel.

good thing my cowbell sound perfect without any muffling at all. LP Black Beauty cowbell. The greatest all-around cowbell ever IMO. it sounds like the cowbells on the songs 'Lowrider' by War and 'Don't Fear the Reaper' by Blue Öyster Cult.
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:38 AM
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where can i find some good cowbell grooves?
drummerworld.com obviously... but where?
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:55 PM
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Put a sock or a rag in to it, it works for my cowbell.
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:58 PM
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'Don't Fear the Reaper' by Blue Öyster Cult.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:23 PM
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Great option is too but some gafer tape round the rim of it. Works a charm imo , and also protects it!
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Old 12-22-2008, 05:09 PM
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Just put one piece of Moongel inside the cowbell. It's clean, easy, fast, and will stay there when you're moving stuff around.
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Old 12-22-2008, 05:13 PM
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Default Re: cowbell muffling...

Another vote for moongel. Experiment with the placement, too. I use one on my LP mambo cowbell, and I noticed it sounds just a little different depending where you place the moongel inside the cowbell (closer to the mouth, farther away from the mouth etc.) You can use more than one moongel too if needed.
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Old 12-27-2008, 04:52 PM
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I got a fever, and the prescription is MORE COWBELL!!!
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:42 PM
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A piece of chamois stuffed inside is ideal. Old drummers' trick.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:52 AM
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Default Re: cowbell muffling...

Guys guys guys! Its even easier than all of the suggestions above,

Simply wrap a stretchy wristband (the type the tennis players use) around the back of the cowbell. No mess no fuss and keeps the inside chamber of the cowbell clear.
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Old 12-28-2008, 03:47 AM
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Default Re: cowbell muffling...

I use that light blue or yellow office putty for muffling drums, cymbals and cowbells. You can break it into any size you need, make it bigger or smaller, roll it into a long spaghetti piece or small dot, hang it underneath things, etc. Moongel is just overpriced toy rubber.

If you use muffling dots, get those little adhesive silicone rubber feet used for cupboard bumpers and protecting furniture. Exact same product as the official LP dots, just one-tenth the music store price.
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:52 AM
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Default Re: cowbell muffling...

Just listening in on the answers to cowbell muffling. Thanks for helping. I just got a Ludwig Chicago bell and it does have some overtones. I see lots of good things to try. Just wish I had my original one that came with my very first set... Black and gold laquer 3 ply ludwigs. I lost the bell in a fire but still have the woodblock. I got the set new in '57. Wish I still had it too.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:27 AM
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Just put one piece of Moongel inside the cowbell. It's clean, easy, fast, and will stay there when you're moving stuff around.
Concur. Only thing I did different was cut the moongel in half. Sometimes I use both halves, sometimes I just use one half...depends on situation. They stay in place, even when I've moved my gear 1000 miles.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:49 PM
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You could try an Aquarian SuperCow II


Sorry, couldn't resist :)
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:53 PM
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...or if you're a Remo guy I guess a Powercow 3 or 4 would do the trick.

Okay, okay, I'll stop. :)
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:25 AM
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You could try an Aquarian SuperCow II


Sorry, couldn't resist :)

Wouldn't it be spelt SuperKow II...lol
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:59 AM
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Wouldn't it be spelt SuperKow II...lol
Of course! What was I thinking.
So we have Aquarian SuperKow II... Remo Powercow 4...
What would Evans be ? Moo-Q 3?

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Old 03-04-2012, 03:11 AM
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That would be MADCOW, Sir...
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:46 AM
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That would be MADCOW, Sir...
Haha, yes!! but that would be
E-MAD COW

Plus, I agree with other posters who said that moon gel does the trick, but c'mon man, we're talking about cowbells here. It's MOO GEL. In fact, it should be moo gel no matter where you use it. You hit a drum goes and it goes "moooooooo". Put on some moo gel and it is now the much more pleasing "moo" sound.

I love that a quarter of my total posts thus far are about fake items relating to cowbells muffling. :)

Is it time to stop or shall we keep going? Warning, there's a lot if mileage in all things cow.

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Old 03-04-2012, 03:59 AM
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I just cram some foam in mine. Dries it out pretty good. I experimented with amount of foam and amount of cramming, and came up with a sound I like.
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