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    best way to muffle toms?

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    right now i am using duct tape and swiffer cloths but its very unattractive and gives it a cheap sound...any good techniques to muffle the sound with stuff around the house?

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    How about the Remo Muff'les (i think that's how it's spelled). I got those myself they work nicely. They are pretty inexpensive two...although if you dont wanna spend money all i can suggest is that for the bass drum toss an old pillow or a couple blankets in there. I don't know get creative

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    What is your purpose for muffling them?
    Is it a type of sound that you are trying to get, or are you just trying to lower the volume of the drum?



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    I'm not sure why muffling is that important.. I like and I don't like it. It keeps all the resonance out so you don't get that annoying ring. However I like the sound Of Mike Portnoy's Drums and he doesn't have mufflers. Hmm i guess you just gotta experiment.

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    The volume is fine...its just that there is so much damn ring that it sound slike one big mess. I just want it muffled to the point where you can tell which drum is being hit yet doesnt get that cheap plasticky sound. I guess thats a bad way to put it but i think a lot of people have this problem.

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    What kind of heads are you using?

    It sounds to me like you need to work on tuning, and learn how to tune the bottom head.

    The top head sets the pitch, the bottom head sets how much "tone" or "sustain" the drum has.


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    The original bottom Rogers heads on the top, and Yamaha Batters on the bottom. And yes, I am horrible and confused with tuning.

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    I got Remo Pinstripes and Remo Black dots on the bottom

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    The best way to muffle toms is throw a dead drummer on 'em, or ask a live one to play 'em in 7/8.

    If you are trying to get rid of ring, O-rings or zero rings work great. They come in all the standard sizes.

    BTW if you google drum tuning there is some great stuff out there, and I think there are some tuning threads on this forum.
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    Tune the Bottom Head

    If you want a flat tom, but with tone, tune the bottom head.Leave the top loose.If their used or worn tune up the top just Barely to get the tone.Hope this works for you

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