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  1. Skeld-the -wicked

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    Default Emad bass drum pillow system.

    For about 4 years I put the Emad bass drum muffle pillow system in my MMP 22x18 bass drum when I bought it used and I decided to remove it today . Luckily the adhesive on the Velcro didn’t remove the finish. I put a Emad heavyweight batter and a custom Drum Art reso Aquarian resonator. It sounds so much better than before deeper with plenty of punch.No more muffling on my bass drums . The MHX never had a pillow .

    I tried kick ports in the past but stopped using them too. They might enhance a less expensive drum but didn’t make much difference on the masters kits I owned in the past.

    Feel free to chime in with your opinions and what combination you like.
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  2. NO KIT TOO BIG

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    Just been trying this today on my old Tama Imperialstar 20x14". Kept the EMAD batter with small foam ring, and removed the towel from inside, and added a felt strip to the reso, opens the drum up a bit more and gives a wider sound with more spread to it. Really vintage-y, i'm digging it.

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  3. Skeld-the -wicked

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    Very nice Rush!
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  4. The Hardware Guy

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    I've tried loads over the years - blankets; pillows; I had some flight case foam cut to specific dimensions to line the bottom of the drum touching both heads. I've tried loads of head combos - Pinstripes; PS3s; Ambassadors (clear/coated/ebony). Settled most recently on EMAD2 batter head and the stock Pearl PS3 style reso head, nothing in the drum, and a strip of felt across the inside of the reso to mute the over-ring. It's big, it's loud, and it's deep. Lots of guts, lots of low-end, nice thug. Falam patch and rubber faced heavy beaters gives good attack and slap.

    Sounds great acoustically, behind the kit. I'd imagine it'd sound terrible mic'd up at a gig or on a recording though.

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  5. Registered User

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    I have a Remo P3 on my 20" Decade bass with the stock head (with port hole) and nothing inside, and it's got a nice blend of boom and punch. I'll throw a lightweight towel inside if I'm playing in a smaller venue, and that's more than enough to tone it back, especially if I lighten up my foot on the pedal. I'm definitely interested in putting a Powerstroke Felt Tone on the front with no port hole in it at some point.

    Personally I've never been a fan of a ton of muffling in a bass. I thought Dave Weckl was crazy for having an entire quilt inside his and saying "the more muffling, the better" in an old instructional video I saw when I was younger.
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  6. The Hardware Guy

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    I remember seeing Gavin Harrison doing a clinic years ago and someone asked about his bass drum muffling (I think a pillow and a blanket) and he said half the reason is to get that attack sound and the there half is for the feel of the head

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  7. Registered User

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    Both my bassdrums are about half full of duvets/blankets. I don't want a lot of resonance from them because they're so big it starts to sound overpowering. I get a nice solid thump.

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