The optimum cymbal mute design.
A great product for drummers.
Until now, muting your cymbals has always meant sacrificing the feel of playing metal with a stick and compromising on the freedom of being able to play anywhere around the edge of your favourite Crash. As for playing the bell, or muting all sizes cymbal, that’s not really been an option.
CYMBOMUTE offers a better, more effective solution.
A CYMBOMUTE fits around the circumference of your cymbal and is held in place by its own tension. They are available for any size cymbal so you can mute your entire set-up no matter how indulgent your array of splashes, crashes, chinese and ride cymbals may be. A CYMBOMUTE will not kill the rebound feel of playing your ride. You will no longer have to worry about ‘pad-aim’ when working on that tricky ‘Gadd lick’. Playing the ride bell on that hybrid mambo groove is now not going to offend the neighbours. That’s not all – they even save wear on your sticks while you practice, and if you store your cymbals vertically a CYMBOMUTE will protect their edges.
In this day and age we are increasingly aware of protecting our hearing for health and safety reasons – CYMBOMUTE is an effective and useful protection product. Schools, Music colleges and drum teachers alike all have a duty of care to protect the hearing of their aspiring drummers, CYMBOMUTE can be an important and integral part of that duty of care.
In a test with a decibel meter, a CYMBOMUTE reduced a Sabian hhx 16” crash down from 98db to 92db, that’s around a three quarters reduction (the decibel scale is logarithmic so every reduction of 3db is approximately half the volume). In comparison a competitors flappy neoprene mute did not achieve any decibel reduction at all (!) – merely shortened the sound. You can view this illustrative test video at cymbomute.com or on you tube.
Each CYMBOMUTE is handmade and shipped to you by Manchester drummer Hugh Lawrence. They are a homegrown, British-made product – from one drummer to another. They are available in either a striking white or a more traditional black. Each CYMBOMUTE is made from high quality robust elastic and has a strong double-sewn join, the logo is proudly emblazoned on the outside, and the cymbal size is stamped on the inside. Hugh has experimented with different grades of elastic, different amounts of stretch, several join designs, and many other variables. Now after many years of trial, error and refinement he feels confident that the product is effective, high-quality and long lasting. Once you have the knack of putting them on (without pinging them across the room!), you’ll find you can mute your entire set-up within a few seconds.
Cymbomutes are available by mail order via the website cymbomute.com. Prices are very reasonable, they range from as little as £4 and up to £12 for an individual mute.They are also available in sets, a 14/16/20 set will set you back £20, and a 14/16/18/20 set just £26 (all plus p&p).
Now for the science bit – why are these so much better? Well, it’s quite simple really. When you hit a cymbal, the energy from the stick, brush, mallet or hand is transferred to the cymbal, some of this energy goes into making sound. The sound waves generated from the cymbal travel along the surface of the metal, radiating out from the bell toward the edge – that’s why we grab a cymbal by the edge to ‘choke’ it. A CYMBOMUTE arrests the sound wave by being in the way of the ‘exit point’ at the edge of the cymbal so the energy and sound is largely absorbed by the CYMBOMUTE, simple.
So CYMBOMUTE is a great product.
- More effective at reducing cymbal volume than other designs.
- Help protect drummers’ hearing.
- You can mute your entire real cymbal set-up.
- You get a proper stick rebound when riding.
- No more ‘pad aim’.
- You can mute any size cymbal.
- They are not overpriced, and are long lasting.
I would be personally grateful to anyone who can help spread the word about this great product as I feel it is genuinely better than other designs, and protecting our hearing is so important.
From one drummer to another, thank you for reading. Check out cymbomute.com for more.
Thank you again,
Prices are correct for April 2013.
Cymbomute as a brandname, logo, and online store are currently in application for a registered trademark.
The decibel test carried out was for illustrative purposes and was not under laboratory conditions and was not verified by any third party.
Cymbomute does not accept any responsibility for damage to cymbals due to mis-use of this product – any cymbal will break if you hit it hard enough.