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Old 04-22-2020, 03:26 PM
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Default Need recommendation for a set of drum silencers

I've search the forums but cannot find information on these. I'm looking for a way to reduce my practice volume. I see many manufacturers of mesh head and cymbal covers. All are basically the same concepts with prices from $40 -85 for a set of 12", 13", 14", 16" and bass drum with a hihat, ride and crash silencers. There is Evans, Ahead, Vic Firth, Xcel, etc. Which do you have experience with and would recommend? Thanks all, Woody
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Old 04-23-2020, 11:23 AM
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I've search the forums but cannot find information on these. I'm looking for a way to reduce my practice volume. I see many manufacturers of mesh head and cymbal covers. All are basically the same concepts with prices from $40 -85 for a set of 12", 13", 14", 16" and bass drum with a hihat, ride and crash silencers. There is Evans, Ahead, Vic Firth, Xcel, etc. Which do you have experience with and would recommend? Thanks all, Woody
Or go the Ringo way with some fabric on top of the drums. Cheap and accessible and you can toss them in the corner when more volume is needed.
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Old 04-23-2020, 11:51 AM
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Default Re: Need recommendation for a set of drum silencers

I don't have experience with anything you mentioned, but I did do the "Ringo trick" drumFX mentioned for a time using thin dish rags and it worked pretty darn well at muffling. Rebound of course changed a bit, but any silencer will do that.

Tama makes rubbers that go over the tip of the stick and they work pretty well, although they add weight to the tip. I don't think there is a perfect muffling system, they all have there drawbacks.
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Old 04-23-2020, 04:23 PM
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Cool Re: Need recommendation for a set of drum silencers

Have you checked out the different silencers on youtube to see what you may like?

My opinion is that you will want something to stand-up to the punishment that you will be applying to them...If you practice everyday, then you will want a thicker pad to withstand the use...If you practice only a couple times a week, you may not need something as robust...

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Old 04-24-2020, 04:51 AM
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Default Re: Need recommendation for a set of drum silencers

Ringo method works good as mentioned above. plus it keeps the dust off when you are not playing
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Old 04-24-2020, 05:30 AM
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Yup, checked out youtube and reviews but never came away with a clear winner. Tea towels are not a long term option, just looks like I haven't folded the laundry to me. Think I'll go middle of the road price wise and order the Ahead silencer pack and a couple individual pieces of Evans Soundoff.
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Old 04-24-2020, 06:22 AM
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Ringo method works good as mentioned above. plus it keeps the dust off when you are not playing
Well, until you hit them after a couple of day off.................
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Old 04-24-2020, 11:24 AM
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Default Re: Need recommendation for a set of drum silencers

I don't think of them as mufflers, but I have been very happy using Sabian quiet tone mutes for teaching and quieter practice. They don't do anything for bass drums or cymbals. I have two 14" pads that I used for teaching and I put them on the snare drum and floor tom to do warm up exercises and then separate hand sticking isolation exercises. They rebound very well but are louder than other muting options. I think they only come in two sizes, 14" and 10". They are not cheap at around $50 but well worth it for warm ups. Our pipe band used to make our own practice pads from gum rubber pieces from an industrial rubber supply company. You could try some thin (1/8) rubber disks that could fit your snare and toms and probably make a disk with a center cut out or pie shape for cymbals. I don't know about making a bass drum muffler from gum rubber but there probably is some rubber pad solution if a pillow or pad does not work.
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Old 04-24-2020, 03:49 PM
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Default Re: Need recommendation for a set of drum silencers

I have been using the Evans pads for years for practicing the set quietly. They cost under $10 per drum and are pretty durable, about 1/4" thick.
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