pphunk wrote: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.
I don't use any tape on my cymbals but there are going to be times when it will be done...like at a sound check for a national act where the Artist wanted the drummer to put some tape on the bottom side of the cymbal to get more "click" out of the cymbal and less sustain. I don't prefer muffling on any drums however, a wide open kick drum sound really isn't all that useful, according to Bob Gatzen as well as myself!