Cymbomute – up for an award!

Rhythm Magazine – the UK’s leading drum magazine is running its annual poll for ‘best in drums 2014’ and Cymbomute has been nominated for ‘Best Drum Innovation’. This is great news for us a Cymbomute, as it not only brings exposure, but also places Cymbomute well and truly “On The Map” in the drumming world.

This follows two great reviews in Drummer Magazine and Rhythm Magazine.

A revelation. They work across the board: hats, crashes, ride, and even our eardrum-crushing 18″ China is well and truly tamed. Rhythm Magazine

Cymbomute is a great product that means you don’t have to change the way you play the kit. They look good and are affordable too. Drummer Magazine

If you are a Cymbomute user – please vote by following this link:-

http://www.musicradar.com/news/drums/rhythm-2014-readers-poll-609149

We are not expecting to win, as there are some big corporations, with big marketing budgets in the same category – but that’s not the point. When a publication such as Rhythm gives us such a ringing endorsement, by including us in the poll – we’ve already won!

Perhaps this ‘shot in the arm’ will convince yet more drummers that if they would rather play REAL cymbals when they need it quiet – Cymbomute is the answer. – They really are the best cymbal mute out there.

Having the press behind us feels great. We also have some big name drummers who have put their name to the product. British Drummer Steve White is an ambassador for cymbomute. As is USA session drummer Russ McKinnon. Add to that: Elliot Henshaw, Ian Bee, Lee Smith, and Richard Wilson – all great drummers, and teachers.

As I write this, Cymbomute is in the process of ‘moving up a gear’ as a business. We have employed a new seamstress (remember all Cymbomute products are made by hand in England!). The website is looking better than ever. The Facebook page has passed 2000 followers. And we are about to advertise on drummerworld.com as part of a big marketing strategy. You should also be able to look out for cymbomute on google shopping (once we’ve got the coding right!)

The drumming community is really beginning to catch on to the fact that Cymbomute is a great cymbal muting device – we think the best on the market. Sales are up, and brand awareness is building organically. Not just at home in the UK, but in the US and beyond.

We are now selling to trade too. Shops can approach us via cymbomutetradesales.com and apply for an account. This is open to any shop / store across the world. Although I’m still working on the best way to ship cymbomute in bulk to international stores.

Let’s also talk terminology! Here at cymbomute we call then cymbal ‘mutes’. Other terms for them could be:

  • Cymbal Dampeners
  • Cymbal Silencers
  • Cymbal Deadeners
  • Cymbal Pads
  • Cymbal practice pads
  • Cymbal practice bands
  • Cymbal Straps

We have heard all of these, but still prefer ‘mute’ as that’s more in-keeping with things like trumpet mutes, violin mutes etc. The sound is still there, but is reduced, honed, controlled.

Another point is the fact that cymbals are only really differentiated by size – so it doesn’t matter what brand of cymbal you are playing, Cymbomute will mute it! Here’s a list of Cymbal brands:

More information about Cymbomute and our products can be found at cymbomute.com if you need to practice your drumming, but want to keep the feel of real cymbals – head on over. We ship worldwide.

Thanks,

Hugh – Cymbomute.com

About Drum mute and Cymbal mute designs

These days we are all increasingly aware of the importance of protecting our hearing. Take it from me that after 25 years of drumming you begin to realise the fragility of your hearing – when it’s ruined it’s ruined guys!

Happy Ear

Yet we still need to practice our instrument, or teach it, and of course play live. Now, I’m not advocating using drum mutes and cymbal mutes on a live gig, but in the practice or teaching room it is definitely a good idea.


Drum Mute

Mutes for your drums are basically easy to design – a circle of neoprene type rubbery material cut to the relevant size and placed on the drum – done. The bass drum is more tricky due to the vertical nature of the playing surface (we’ll deal with that another day). Makers of drum mutes are: VicFirth, or Sound off (part of Evans).

Muting cymbals on the other hand, presents a challenge for several reasons:

  • They move when you hit them.
  • They are set at various angles, and can overlap.
  • They come in lots of different sizes.
  • The drummer plays the edge, the bell, and the surface of the cymbal.

So any cymbal mute design needs to overcome all of these challenges and bring the volume down as much as possible. In short, the drummer does not want to feel like he or she is playing a different instrument – simply their drums, but quieter.

I have learned from experience that the Cymbal mutes supplied as part of a set of drum mutes are not really up to the job of solving the problems above.

This design is not very effective:

Keyhole Cymbal Mute

Here’s Why:

  • The mute flaps around allowing the cymbal to ring with its full volume.
  • You have to aim for the Pad
  • It only fits a cymbal of the correct radius from the securing hole to the bottom of the mute
  • The stick feel / rebound is totally unlike a real cymbal when playing.
  • VIDEO PROOF HERE

I understand that the manufacture of these must be cost effective, as you just need to cut the same big sheet of the material as you are cutting your circles for the drum mutes. However, there is a better way…

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A cymbal mute from CYMBOMUTE.COM is a simple design that mutes the cymbal AND addresses all of the challenges above.

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The soundwave created by a Cymbal travels along the surface of the cymbal and off the edge, so the best way to arrest the sound is to arrest the soundwave – simple really. The design from Cymbomute is an elastic ring that “hugs” the entire perimeter of a cymbal, this arrests the soundwave as it is exiting the metal surface of the cymbal. The cymbal can still move when it is struck and absorb energy from the stick –  much of this energy is then absorbed by the cymbomute rather that being converted into sound, this way all the requirements above are satisfied.

  • The cymbal can still move
  • The cymbal can be set at any angle the player wishes
  • Any size cymbal can be muted
  • The drummer can play the edge, bell or surface of the cymbal

In short – the drummer can play the same way they play without the mutes on.

For more videos showing the effectiveness of this design click here. They still work on Chinese shaped cymbals too, as shown here.

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I am of the genuine belief that the design of a cymbal mute offered from cymbomute.com is better.

Thanks for reading and please spread the word to your drummer friends – it’s all about caring for your hearing, so all drummers need to know about this great product.