cymbal felts revisited
Last weeks’ post was about my ideas about the drum set. I really liked that the press caught on and made a great story about it. But of course, the best stuff comes out when you do it because you want to, no matter what others think.
I think drums (same with cars, by the way), are a very anachronistic thing. The technique we play it with today has evolved and changed, especially with the dawn of the electronic devices, computers, sequencers, i.e. drum machines.
Showing us drummers, how a producer might play drums, or rather, thinks drums. Which I find very inspirational, since they never have to worry about how to actually PLAY what they come up with on the keyboards…
But remember the time, when the kick drums still had the T-shaped rods for tuning? That was standart until like 15 years ago. And it always was stupid to me. Heavier than the normal tuning rods (by almost 2 kilos per kick drum, and yes, once I had weighed that, I always replaced them myself, on any of my kicks). And they would detune easily, because the “T”-part was sticking out over the rim of the drum.
Or that thing with the wooden hoop on all the kicks. I never got it, and I never will. And I am thinking about having a 22″ metal hoop made for my vintage kit (20″ with 8 holes is available, by the way! You can see it on my custom kit here or also here)
It looks so much better to me, and is simply more practical.
Ok, but I am rambling on and on here.
The topic was meant to be this:
Today, I got a package from Switzerland, from a guy who obviously also thought about the ways of our very old, and very often anachronistic instrument.
Cymbal felts revisited.
“Normally” or traditionally, those are made from hair.
And they are always too thick by the way, pressing against the cymbals from bottom and top the second you tighten the screw.
Giving them no chance to swivel, and thus, break more easily, and even sound differently.
This guy Reto makes a whole array of cymbal felt-replacers, from a solid feeling, foamy rubber, which he calls cympad.
He has different series for different purposes. The least interesting to me are the so called “chromatics”, which merely come in different colours..
I guess that is great for some of us, but I myself could not care less for colour. I am a confessing geek, as you will notice. Insert smiley face here.
But then he got the regular black ones called “optimizers”, which I am most keen to try out for hi-hat and ride cymbal (usb for size estimation).
And then he got the “moderators”, discs in a variety of different diameters, which are actually meant to alter the sound to our needs, by damping un-wanted overtones from inside the bell of the cymbal.
So far, so great, I think!
I will have the time to test them in recordings in June, so you can expect me to get back at this very soon!