I just bought a new Ludwig 6.5x14 hammered bronze snare drum. I noticed that there are black rubber "gaskets" underneath the imperial lugs. This is a relatively new item I guess, but my question is, has anyone noticed any kind of "muffling" effect from the gaskets? Has anyone removed them and noticed a difference in sound? The drum sounds great, the hammering removes some of the ring and dries the drum out a bit. I also have die-cast hoops on it so it has a very clean, smooth sound. I just wonder if removing the gaskets will give me a little bit more resonant tone and is it worth the effort. Anyone?