Bass Drum Muffling System
Dave and Herbie May, from
Remo, designed this bass drum muffling system. It was
based on a concept Dave learned from Simon Phillips,
which was to roll up a towel and tape it to the head and
This system uses a felt-covered tube that lays on the
shell next to the head, fastened with clamps that velcro
to the shell. The clamps can be moved in tight or
further away from the head for the desired dampening.
It comes in three sizes for 22", 20" and 18" bass drums.
The smaller 18" version works well on the front head
Active Drum Dampening System
Dave had the idea for an
active snare muffler for a long time. With the help of
Herbie May, at Remo, it is now a reality.
Putting something on the head like tape or rings
constantly muffles the drum, affecting the sound and
feel drastically. But the active dampening system has a
floating plunger that acts like a physical noise gate,
moving off the head upon impact to allow the drum to
breath, then it coming back down to muffle the drum
depending on your taste.
The system was designed for snare drums, but can also be
used on toms. In either case, the drum sound retains
much of the feel. It is adjustable enough to clamp to
most any rim.
Remo, the recognized
leader in drumheads, has a wide assortment products to
suit the needs of every drummer and every situation.
Dave has used the Coated Ambassador batter head for ALL
his drums (including bass drums!) consistently for the
last three or four years now. He wants all of his drums
to have the same attack and tone characteristics, to
sound and feel like ONE instrument, which is why he uses
Coated Ambassadors on the bass drums as well as the toms
and snares. Dave use Clear Ambassadors on the under side
of toms and ambassador-weight heads on the snare side of
his snare drums.
Valencia Series Bongos
Remember those bright
sounding bongos Dave was using since 2000?
These great sounding bongos can be heard on all of the
Dave Weckl Band releases from Transition
through Multiplicity. Dave found that they worked
well with hands or sticks, and were a great addition to
the drum set for adding "forward motion" with a
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