Clear Snare Head / Coated Snare Head / Muffle

EarthRocker

Senior Member
So for a short period of time, I'll be limited to a clear snare batter. I hate it. Is there anything I can do to muffle this head, and make it sound more like a coated head? I've considered remove the head and putting several layers of duct tape in small strips underneath (it acts like a makeshift moongel) but I'd like to know if there are any other ways of doing it.
 

Bull

Gold Member
Just put an inch of tape near the rim. That will muffle it more than the coating would. "Several layers" will make it sound like a cardboard box. What kind of head?
 

zarrdoss

Gold Member
May I ask why? do you live out in the sticks or something? Nothing close to go pick up a 15 dollar head? just curious.
 

bobdadruma

Platinum Member
May I ask why? do you live out in the sticks or something? Nothing close to go pick up a 15 dollar head? just curious.
I was wondering the same. Drumheads are pretty easy to come by and its not like they cost as much as a car or anything like that.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
Lay a business card on it or a small piece of cloth about 3 x 3 inches. works wonders. Stuff we old dudes used before moon gel came along. If you are at a bar or pub use a napkin . I hear they are cheap.
 

groove1

Silver Member
Way back when I used to roll up an old sock and put a piece of string around it and tie it
to a lug (with about 6 inches of free string to the sock). You could place the sock on the
drumhead when wanted or flip it out of the way and leave it hanging over the side of the drum in a micro second when desired. Sorta like the round felt pads that tympanists still use that are tied to a lug.
 

EarthRocker

Senior Member
May I ask why? do you live out in the sticks or something? Nothing close to go pick up a 15 dollar head? just curious.
The local music stores here charge nearly 30$ for a batter head. The only guitar center near here is almost an hour away. I could easily order the head off the internet, but I'll be near GC in a week or so (the same time it would take the head to ship). Also, I have no interest in making a special trip, doubling the cost of the head (via gas expenses).

In short... Yes, I live in the sticks.
 

zarrdoss

Gold Member
The local music stores here charge nearly 30$ for a batter head. The only guitar center near here is almost an hour away. I could easily order the head off the internet, but I'll be near GC in a week or so (the same time it would take the head to ship). Also, I have no interest in making a special trip, doubling the cost of the head (via gas expenses).

In short... Yes, I live in the sticks.
Well that's great for practice then but as stated some tape will work fine. Kind of hard to imagine for me, I must have 30 snare batter heads new used and stock off snares laying around here, plus way too many snares. Living in the sticks has its pluses and this is not one of them. Good luck
 

brady

Platinum Member
You could cut the ring off of your old head and place it (not the ring..) on top of your current snare head.
 
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