Taping drum heads


Well-known member
I don't tape anymore. To me it deadens too much overtones, but do nothing to control sustain. Now I use Snareweights on toms (the small, foldable variety), and the internal muffler on my snare drum.


Senior Member
There's always the classic "Flying Bat". Take a small piece of gaffer's tape and place it near the top of the head close to the hoop. Only a small amount of the tape touches the head and it does a bit of muffling. A bigger bat does more muffling of course. I agree with the comment about paying attention to what your drums sound like out front. Often it's far different from how they sound behind the kit.


Gold Member
I’ve tried everything: moon gel, rings, tape, towels, on G1 clear heads, and I always go back to moon gel. It’s easy to use and I can manipulate the sound with positioning and quantity. It’s so much better than tape, IMO.

And to those who don’t like the “wide open” sound of un-muffled toms, maybe it’s cuz the music you listen to has loud, short thuds. Pretty common in dense-sounding music.

I prefer this tom sound: