I've been looking around the web lately looking at various drums, and one recurring theme I find in the marketing is how everyone talks about how their drums are loud and resonate and can "cut through the mix". 90% of the time I don't need drums to be loud and cut through. I would love to have an acoustic drum set that only puts out 1/3 to 1/2 the volume of regular drums. I don't usually play in stadiums or large theaters or big clubs. I play in smaller venues that are always complaining about how loud the bands are. Sure, I can muffle all the sound out of my kit, I can play with rods or brushes, or I can spend all night working on an exercise in control and just play very quietly. Playing very quietly is a lot of work. You have to think about it all night. It also robs you of being able to play dynamically. Your dynamic range for the night is pp to mp. I would love to just be able to start at a nice medium volume and be able to go up or down from there. Maybe Andy can chime in on why no one makes a drum that sounds and plays like a regular drum but without the volume. Companies keep making their drums louder and louder, why can't they go backwards and make them quieter?