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Old 11-21-2012, 10:48 PM
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Default Vibraslap question

I've been thinking of getting a vibraslap, because I need it for one song and hey what are drummers if not practical. But right before I was about to pull the trigger I read some reviews on the mount and that stopped me. Seems everybody agrees that the vibraslap doesn't work right when mounted b/c the mount kills all the rebound.

At that point, I don't know how you play the thing. It seems ideally a hand percussion instrument. But nobody in my band has a hand free to hold the thing.

Does anybody use the vibraslap as a mounted instrument?
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:13 PM
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Default Re: Vibraslap question

Based on the design that makes the Vibraslap vibrate, a mount - and even the wrong grip - will damp the vibration, and shorten the sound. in fact, there are a few ways to play it that result in very different lengths.

Anyway, mounting will work, but it depends how long you need the rattling to go on.

Keep in mind that the original sound, a donkey's jawbone with loose teeth, was very short, just kind of a "brrrt". But Vibraslap lengths vary. I have a few generic (non LP) "donkey calls", one of which last for 12 seconds! It's pretty funny, because it actually seems to get louder as the seconds pass! Anyway, however the balance and mass and rattles are aligned, this one just lasts too long, I keep it around just to show off, I can't actually use it.

So, back to the mount... shoud be fine. :)

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Old 11-22-2012, 12:30 AM
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Default Re: Vibraslap question

I use the mount only when I *need* to. It DOES cut down on the duration of the rattle significantly, but, then again, when people hear a vibraslap, they typically don't care if it tapers off after 2 seconds or 5 seconds. They usually think, "Oh, it's that instrument that Cake uses in all of their songs. So THAT'S what it looks like..."
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:39 PM
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When I used one I just hung it from the boom on my vocal mic stand utilizing the "U" bend in the rod of the vibra-slap. I had my boom going on a downward angle. The mic clip kept the vibra-slap from going forward too much. It was free to swing and it didn't hamper the sustain. I'd whack the wooden ball part and the whole thing would pendulum back and forth on the boom arm. It had as much sustain as it was capable of. The motion I used was similar to whacking myself in the teeth with the stick, except I'd hit the vibra-slap instead, as it hung close to my face.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:11 PM
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Default Re: Vibraslap question

Yep, holding the Vibraslap by one finger in the "u" produces the longest sustain. Of course it's a lot easier to play if you can actually hold it... haven't tried it hung on a stand like that. Does it flop around or slide?

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Old 11-22-2012, 05:33 PM
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Yep, holding the Vibraslap by one finger in the "u" produces the longest sustain. Of course it's a lot easier to play if you can actually hold it... haven't tried it hung on a stand like that. Does it flop around or slide?

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It doesn't slide up the boom arm, gravity holds it against the mic clip, the mic clip keeps it from sliding off the boom, but it flops pretty wildly in the only direction it can go, perpendicular to the boom arm, pendulum style. It actually works really well. Just don't miss it if it's hanging near your face.
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