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Old 09-02-2019, 12:09 PM
bfulton bfulton is offline
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Default Quiet practice pad?

I was involved in an accident a couple of weeks ago. Sitting at the kit is not an option right now, so Iím spending more time with the pad.
My mate is very tolerant about drums. She enjoys hearing them - except when Iím working on new stuff and am looping the same thing!

But the sound of practice pads can be irritating. Taptaptap tappity tap can wear her out!

So Iím looking for a quiet, good pad. Iíve read that the Reflexx pads are the best - theyíre also unavailable.

Any recommendations on a pad thatís quiet, and two sided for a Ďsofterí side?

The Sabian Quiet Zone could be an option? Or ....... ?

Thanks - Bill
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:16 PM
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I would suggest checking out the RTOM Moongel workout pad... if you want quiet, this is the pad. I have the Reflexx, but this is a tad quieter, and is slightly lower in pitch than either side of the Reflexx. Also, the gel material is very energy absorbent so you're not going to get the familiar practice pad rebound, which will improve your wrist technique - I'd say it is the modern alternative to Buddy's idea of practicing on a (non-rebounding) pillow. Here's a couple of links for you.

Also, I would check into the Prologix stuff as well. They used to have a model with interchangeable surfaces, and I'm sure if you stacked a pair it would be pretty quiet. I did try the line earlier in the year at NAMM briefly (I was more interested in the Thunder Kick bass practice pad) and unfortunately can't recall if my impression was that they were quiet - that place is fairly noisy as you can imagine... but I remember then feeling pretty good(as opposed to my older practice pad with the smaller rubber disc that aint what it once was.

I haven't tried the Sabian model, but I understand it is mesh and is a totally different animal feel wise than these other pads. If you don't have a music store nearby with a good selection, I'd check with one of the online stores to see about the return policy and try a few out and keep the one or two that work the best for your situation and send the rest back.

Also there are a few older vids on YT that compare about 10 different pads/surfaces with the same camera/mic so you can get an idea of the volume. That bad thing about a single pad review in a vid is that the mic will compensate for lower volumes to record at a standard level so what may actually be fairly quiet can seem a bit louder on video than in person.
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Old 09-02-2019, 02:50 PM
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An old-fashioned gum rubber pad would probably work for you. I still have my pad from 1964.
'01 DW Collectors, Oyster White, 10/12/14/16/22
'64 Slingerland, 13/16/20/22 (to be restored)
'65 Leedy, Blue Sparkle, 12/14/20
'67 Ludwig, Burgundy Sparkle, 12/13/16/22
'73 Slingerland, Sky Blue Pearl, 12/13/16/22
'72 Slingerland, Red Tiger Pearl, 12/13/16/22
'72 Rogers, Black Strata, 13/16/22
'60s MIJ Apollo/Majestic, Red Sparkle, 13/16/20
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Old 09-02-2019, 03:29 PM
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Thank you for the ideas!
One pad I have is the Sabian “Quiet Tone.” One things it isn’t is quiet.
But it has advantages. The ‘head’ can be removed - so I’ve been able to put paper towels, newspapers, etc beneath it to soften the rebound.
And it is excellent for brushes. But quiet, no.

I checked out the Prologix stuff, but I don’t understand the difference between the red and blue.
And the gum rubber pads are pretty quiet. Oops. I gave mine away a few years ago!
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:05 AM
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Remo is making a pad using the new silent drum heads. It is real quiet.
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Old 09-03-2019, 11:08 AM
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Sent you a message Bill.

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Old 09-04-2019, 06:45 AM
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Mesh heads always work well for me
Tama Superstar, 22, 22, 16, 14, 13 Desert Burst
Premier Genista, 22, 16, 13, 12 Black Lacquer
Premier Genista, 20, 14, 10 and snare Black Lacquer
Premier Resonator 22, 16, 14, 13 poly creme/black
Zickos 22, 16, 14, 13, clear acrylic and snare
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