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  • Booty Shakers — Floor Tom Isolators

    By Dendy Jarrett |

     


    bootyshakershero-bddd6ed0.jpg.7281abb392812c35d81fc7b4fec9b8e7.jpgBooty Shakers —


    Make Your Floor Toms Come Alive


    by Dendy Jarrett


     


    INTRODUCTION


     


    Booty Shakers … trust me, a name you don’t want to Google at work or with kids around. But it's a clever name nonetheless, even though I'm sure this product isn’t the first thing that probably pops into your mind.


    To get some background, I reached out to company owner Rich Wiley. Ironically, Rich is a guitarist. A few years ago his drummer friend, Toby Ahrens (and now TnR co-owner) came to a studio session with a floor tom that sounded tremendous when held off the floor, but, when placed on the floor, sounded awful. Rich and Toby took some studio recording foam and cut three squares, then set the floor tom legs on the foam. That solved the problem and set the wheels in motion. Other drummers could hear the difference at sessions and gigs and wanted Rich and Toby to make them some.


    Ironically, he was going to call them Shaker Booties (like baby booties), but Toby's wife suggested the name Booty Shakers. Seemed she understood marketing because, you have to admit, the name grabs your attention.


     


    WHAT THEY DO


     


    Booty Shakers are die-cut (nicely done I might add), foam discs with a studio-type open-cell foam top and a neoprene closed-cell foam bottom. They're roughly 3 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches tall. A hole in the middle with size-slit cuts allows for various sized floor tom feet. You place the foam discs on the bottom of your floor tom legs which isolates the floor tom from the solid floor (the floor tom leg's foot is nested in the upper foam where it sits on the closed foam bottom).


    The isolation allows the drum to "breathe" and opens up the drum's fundamental lows. Having the drum sit directly on the floor “chokes” the sound of the drum's, so placing the legs on Booty Shakers improves the drum's tone significantly, as well as extends the drum's decay time so it "rings out" better.


     


    PERSONAL EXPERIENCE


     


    If you are a drummer from my era, you know that at one time all drums (except snares) were mounted in a “fixed” manner that made contact with the shell. All of your “mounted” toms were mounted on rails or stands supported directly by mounts on the drums, hence the name “mounted toms.”  I first experienced an isolation mount in the mid-1980’s, and could really hear the difference in the tom-tom’s sound. Since that time, manufacturers have designed all kinds of inventions to try to open the sound of drums. However, unlike some of them that are difficult to use, bulky, and limiting, the big benefits of the Booty Shakers are not only that they work extremely well, they're also easy, lightweight, and inexpensive.


    Additionally, although they're labeled with a striking red band, you can remove it easily if you prefer a more discreet look.


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    MADE IN THE USA


     


    It's important not to overlook this significant factor.  Items in the accessory category, especially at this price point, are almost always outsourced to an off-shore manufacturer. Rich explained the importance of making this product in the USA: “There is no reason to manufacture this product overseas. We have people here who are eager to work and need the jobs.”


    To me, this was a real plus. It's been my experience that products made in the U.S.A. are often of higher quality and last longer.


     


     


    CONCLUSION


     


    At first glance, this might seem like  “snake-oil”— but hearing is believing.  Some products require that you really lean in and “convince” yourself that you hear a difference, but with the Booty Shaker, the difference is so obvious that no “convincing” is necessary. Give them a try, and you too can make your floor toms come alive!


     


     


    RESOURCES


    WEB:


    tnrproducts-booty shakers website


     


     


    VIDEOS:


    Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean):


     


    Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts):


     


    Daniel Glass (Brian Setzer and Royal Crown Revue):


     


     


    PURCHASE BOOTY SHAKERS:


     


    MSRP:  $40.00 (set of three feet)       Street:  $29.99


    Buy Booty Shakers


     


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    dendy-editorial-image-small-1c93e909.jpg.9683f77c9579f1068895772476df297d.jpgDendy Jarrett is the Publisher and Director of Harmony Central. He has been heavily involved at the executive level in many aspects of the drum and percussion industry for over 25 years and has been a professional player since he was 16. His articles and product reviews have been featured in InTune Monthly, Gig Magazine, DRUM! and Modern Drummer Magazines




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