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sabian quiet tone drum mute and practice pad

Sabian Quiet Tone Drum Mute and Practice Pad

The Quiet Tone Drum Mute / Practice Pads are perfect for getting that real feel out of your practice without waking the neighbors. This pad allows you to practice quietly while still having the feel and stick response of an actual drum.

Good stuff

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Great practice pad.

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WTG

Rating:

5.00

Very nice

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I was trying to find a practice pad, because I could not practice loud passages on my apartment, and the practice pad I had before this one, was way to "fake", didn't feel like a drum. This practice pad is very nice for loud and soft playing. It's not exactly a snare drum, but the rebound is fairly close. It has a nice design, sturdy, kind of heavy, but that's ok. Great product !

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Justin

Rating:

5.00

Great pad

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This is an awesome pad for practicing concert snare, it feels remarkably similar to an actual drum.

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Austin

Rating:

5.00

Your hearing and sanity will really appreciate

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I had seen these Quiet Tone practice pads in the past but always used gum rubber and marching style practice pads. After years of private teaching I finally decided to get two and set them on top of the concert snare drums. I don't know why I didn't do this years ago. They fit fine, sound great, feel great, can be used for brushes, and even allow a snare sound to come through if you want. I don't know how the 10" pad would work on a 14" drum but they don't move around and are extremely well built and functional. The only possible disadvantage is that they add a little height to the drum for younger students. I don't think that is a problem with the way the kids are growing like weeds. The students also like the way they feel and sound.

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Joe Cochran

Rating:

5.00

Best Classical Pad I Own

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This is hands-down one of the best classical pads you can buy. The sound is satisfying, it's durable enough to survive a beating, light enough to take on audition flights, and imitates the feel of a classical snare drum really well. It fits in any normal snare drum stand, or lays flat on a drum, table, or music stand. I would recommend sanding it down before playing on it with your expensive Coopermans, but that's the only change I had to make.

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Lucas

Rating:

5.00

Great Product.

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If you don't want wake up your neighbors, but still want to practice on a "Snare Drum". This is a great alternative. This pad, has a "snare drum head" there for the feel is very similar to a snare. Also it's not very loud. It just gives the usual "Pad Sound". A lot of great things can be said about it. But if you want take it with you to different places, or play or it Very Hard. It's not the best choice for you. It's it pretty heavy, and if want to play very hard, it will start getting dents. It's only for a warp up. Don't forget : )

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Justin Petrovych

Rating:

4.00

Get one or two!

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The Quiet Tone is an essential practice and teaching tool for my studio. I haven't found a practice pad that does as much as the QT. It's great for brush playing (having a rim really helps for rim rolls and cross sticks) and orchestral snare practice. I give it a 4 out of 5 because I have experienced some QT's with dead spots near the rim. One bit of advice, don't try to change the head if it's not essential... you may ruin the support brackets.

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Patrick McGinty

Rating:

4.00

I like it, but...

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The complaints in the other review here are spot on. I, too wanted to try a little more tension on the head, and found that tightening the tension rods makes little difference to the playing surface, yet stresses the metal frame underneath. So I returned it to near its original tension, which is okay, too. The coating is indeed DURABLE. I was using a pair of round-beaded sticks that soon became acorn shaped. Switching to nylon tips (which I don't normally use) did the trick. I Iike the Dave Weckl Evolution stick, so I use the wood tip version on kit, and nylon on this pad; the combination gets a good rebound response, and the pad can go on a snare stand, or on a drum, or anywhere else. Having made the nylon tip adjustment, I am glad the surface is so durable, because it is WONDERFUL for brush playing, and I wouldn't want it to wear smoother. The pad is not cheap, so I'd hope to be able to use it for brush playing for a long time. In a low-volume setting, you could even play brushes on the pad instead of a drum. The rim and tension rods make the pad really heavy, and probably only serve a cosmetic function. The only change I'd make is to use lighter rims, give up the illusion of tunability, and keep the coating and rebound feel, while recommending it for use of brushes and nylon tips. It would not be bad advertising to say the coating is so durable it sands your sticks!

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Scott

Rating:

4.00

great feel, good idea, some flaws

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I bought this pad as an orchestra I have played in owns a nice one. My impression is that older pads were much better constructed, as the feel is generally better and more consistent across the surface. This is probably more to do with materials. The feel on mine (14" snare pad) is fantastic and like a real drum, but near the center of the pad. Toward the edge, a bit lacking. The tuning system with 6 tension points like an actual drum is a good idea, but unnecessary because it only partially works well. To make things more complicated, when you tighten the tension screws with a drum key, you need to fix a shifter underneath to hold a hex-nut in place. What was the point in designing it to be tightened with a drum key when you need another tool? I cranked my pad up to try and get better rebound near the edge, but the middle started to get too tight. Unfortunately, in the end I had to make a compromise. Slightly tighter in the center of the pad, and a fair bit looser towards the edge than what I would prefer. The pads have some metallic cross-pieces stretching between the tension-points underneath the pad too. It looks like there is a fair bit of strain and warping already just to get the pad to an acceptable level of response for me. I do not even crank heads up ever, so would expect the pad to be able to take this pressure easily. My pad appears to handle the amount of tension, but does so under protest. The other issue is that the surface is coated with a rough finish to the point of being like sandpaper on your sticks. I used good concert sticks to begin with, and after noticing the pad was starting to chew through these good sticks, I switched to cheapies. The heads on the cheapies are almost gone through, and it will probably be another several pairs destroyed before the pad surface is smooth all over using typical beating spots. The aforementioned older Quiet Tone pad I played on had a smooth head all over. It was not used much either. One could only assume something changed in construction at some point. Cheaper materials, probably. This is a common complaint in various pad brands - and all other products more broadly. Customers do notice the difference in materials, especially when the results are inferior. I would recommend this pad to kit players who will go through many pairs of sticks quickly anyway and tend to play towards the center of the instrument almost all the time... but to concert and orchestral percussionists, sadly this one does not really measure up as much as it could otherwise. I have rated it as the latter.

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C. Meller

Rating:

3.00

Great product

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Well worth the money. You can also consider this as a tool for elem. band with 14 snare drummers. If all drummers have this on their drum it provides a snare sound with the volume of them playing on pads. Can help provide a more authentic experience for your young percussionists. Worth the investment!

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Posted By:

David Knott

Rating:

5.00
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