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    Anyone have experience with Remo Muff-L-Rings on bass drums? I have a 22x14 that is a little too boomy for my taste. I have a Black Suede PS3 batter, and a single ply Graphic reso (no port). I'm trying to decide which head to try the ring on first. Any suggestions?

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    I'd try it on the batter.

    Not sure how dead your wanting it, but how are the heads adjusted now? Is there anything inside the drum? The 14" depth will tend to have a little more "boominess" compared to an 18" or 20" deep shell.

    If not, try putting a pillow or blanket or a piece of foam in the bottom of the shell to absorb the resonance. Keep the batter on the loose side and the reso fairly tight.
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    I have the batter at JAW plus about 1/4 to 1/2 turn, and the reso another 1/2 turn past that---no laundry inside---I love the sound out front, but I want to dial it back a bit without killing it completely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippychip View Post
    I want to dial it back a bit without killing it completely!
    In this case I use a towel rather than a small pillow................easy to shape to fit your need.
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    I need to be able to move the drums around without worrying about the muffling shifting. I set these up on my back porch for jam nights, and stack them in my studio when I am not using them. The Muff-L-Ring completely killed all tone. When I took it off I played with the tuning, and found that another 1/4 turn on the reso side made a big difference. Now I am pleased with how it sounds, and still have the ability to move it in and out without taking the head off every time.

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    A flat not puffy pillow works for me as my kick is 18"

    Allows the heads to vibrate a bit but in a clipped way.

    Sounds akin to a bass player palm muting his strings. There's tone there but without a lot of over ring

    Over the years, I've tried all kinds of things including wide open but just not able to dig that sound. I like to go for more of a soft heart beat kind of sound.

    all the best...

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    I'm glad you found the solution to your BD tone control. I've had ports on most of mine which makes mufflage implement adjustments a breeze.
    I currently have a dw which has the stock "pillow" system with velcro allowing adjustment and securing it in place. This idea of velcro strikes me as semi brilliant and leads to the suggestion that in similar cases to yours it may be possible to find a suitable size pillow, pad, or mat etc, apply two sided velcro tape to it and the inside of the shell.

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    I actually had a local woman custom make some pillows for me for the PDP kit.
    I had her base them off the DW design.
    They work great!
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    I've had some luck by cutting a 2" port in the batter(PS3 I think) to let some boominess out without using a ported reso..
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    I always found that tuning works well. My set is: 24"x14" BD, 14"x10" up tom, 13"x9" up tom, 16"x16" FT, 18"x16" FT, and over the FT's, a 14"x10" and 15"x12" toms.

    None of my drums have any muffling at all. All my snares have my popsicle stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slinglander View Post
    I've had some luck by cutting a 2" port in the batter(PS3 I think) to let some boominess out without using a ported reso..
    Really? You port your batter? Where do you put the port?
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    Threads a few days old, Spaz, but I currently have my batter head ported, too, unported reso. I have two 2" ports, one either side of the beater, about four inches out. It's ok, but certainly not a revolutionary sound. I could live with it, but I'll be going back to unported front and rear soon.

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