I like a fairly open sound from my drums, but invariably there always seems to be just a little too much ring or an odd harmonic I want to get rid of. So my choices in damping techniques have always been minimalistic. I wish I could get more of the Rogers clip-on dampers I picked up years ago. Similar products on offer today seem to be too ambitious -- and a poor fit with my frugal lifestyle. So when I saw The Drum Clip, I was curious to see if this little item would do the job.
The Clips are simple bits of molded semi-soft plastic,
and easily clip onto a drum rim. A pad rests on the drumhead and is not
adjustable. There are two sizes -- small and very small -- and each Clip comes
with two stick-on pads, one felt and one foam, for three levels of damping.
I normally put a half piece of Moon Gel on my smallest
tom. I swapped that out for the smaller Drum Clip and was reasonably pleased.
The Clip didn't rest on the head that well, so I also tried it with the supplied
damping pads. (The Clips relaxed a bit over time and made better head contact
for a good result.)
I have this monster of a floor tom (14 x 14 fiberglass)
and getting it under control has always been a challenge. I had a vintage Rogers
damper and two moon gels on it, and it was still pretty raucous. I played around
with the Drum Clips and found that the larger Clip with foam did the trick on
I wanted to try the Clips because the Moon Gels were
somewhat problematic. If I left them on the drums, they'd end up mashed up (or
melted) in the bottom of the case or missing altogether. If I took them off and
pocketed them, I'd invariably forget them next gig. The Drum Clips hold on
solidly and stay where I put them. I did wonder whether they'd work with the
"S-hoops" I had on my toms, but they seem almost designed for these hoops.
Drum Clips are priced at a very reasonable $6.95 and
$8.95, but are often discounted. I bought mine from the creator, Keith Jones,
and paid about $50 including shipping for six Clips. There is also a bass drum
Clip that looks interesting. A new product is a modified version that will
accept accessories such as microphone Clips.