Damping the toms?

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Post Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:39 pm

just wondering do you guys damping your drums with e rings, o rings, moongel, masking tape sellotape. /?? whats your view?
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Post Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:31 pm

I prefer not to dampen;
but when I have to, I use moongels.
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Post Fri Oct 13, 2006 1:37 pm

personally i think if you have to dampen your toms, put tape on your cymbals or a pillow in your bass drum, you're using the wrong equipment. Of course not everyone has the money to buy the drums that sound best to their ears, so some sort of dampening/control is needed. Before i got my new snare i would use an o-ring to control the sound. Back when i had my old Tama Rockstar ('97) i would use kleenex and duct tape on my toms and cut up newspaper in my bass drum. I would never ever think of touching my cymbals with any kind of tape or dampening material. Just the thought of it makes me cringe.
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 12:38 pm

I use E rings just to cut down on the higher over tones when I want to dampen my toms rather than play them wide open.

But I found with the more I practiced tuning the less I wanted to dampen them.
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 12:47 pm

I haven't had to dampen toms in God knows how long. Very rarely would I have to dampen the snare. If I did have to dampen the snare it is with a tiny amount of gaffa tape over a small piece of folded tissue paper.
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Post Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:03 pm

I despise using gaffer on my drums.

I used to use G2s on my kit but now have EC2s which do a great job, I recommend them.
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Post Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:04 pm

from time to time I will use a little moongel on my toms
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Post Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:05 pm

NO! I want my drums to breathe :)
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Post Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:38 pm

Qbs wrote:NO! I want my drums to breathe :)


Whats your kit?

Not the whole set-up, just what the drums are made out of?
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Post Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:14 am

birch and mahoganny but I'm soon changing to maple
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Post Sat Nov 04, 2006 8:23 am

Real wood, so of course you want them to sing, because they can! :D

I find that most people I know who want to dampen their toms have very nasty cheap kits. i.e me bout 3 years ago

When I got my current kit I learned to appreciaute the qualities of the actual drums and learned how to tune properly hence no need for gaffer tape or dust cloths taped to the underside of the skins :roll:


So basically I'd recommend the guy to either buy a kit with the sound qualities he wants, or change his skin selection.
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Post Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:12 pm

its all in the tuning fellas :D
lets drum fast and sexy :]
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Post Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:16 am

Will: when I say mahoganny I don't mean the expensive african one but the cheap phillipinese mahoganny in my 14x14" and I believe that the same mahoganny is in my 20x16 birch/mahoganny kick drum.
Anyway, I believe that any drum can be tuned that it'll sing it's just a matter of head choice and tuning.
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Post Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:09 am

I know you were, I have an Export and it sounds a hell of a lot better than my friends Masters and my other friends Genista

But have you ever tried to make the lowest level kits sound good?

You'll be disapointed even if you did a hell of a job because they dont have the build quality of better drums.

Mahogany is a real wood, MDF isnt!
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Post Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:12 pm

well many people consider my 14x14" to be the lowest level drum possible (Pearl Forum) :) I've been trying to get a Mapex Q (basswood made) to sound decent and well... I wasn't satisfied but the owner was :)
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