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  • The Drum Wallet

    By Dendy Jarrett |






    5318eea89f8c4.gif.53d990f70c571df4021a9d8ba0a401f2.gifSnare Drum Ring: The Age-Old Problem

    There are many different ways to dampen your snare drum's sound: gaffer's tape ("duct" tape), strips of sheets, gel dots, and even...yes...feminine pads. But a more common practice for some of us is simply to place our wallet on the snare drum head.

    This does a good job of controlling the sound, but comes with inherent risks — like bouncing around the drum head as you play, which can also cause your ID and credit cards to fall out. It can bounce off the drum and go flying out of reach, and you even run the risk of someone stealing your wallet if you go on break and forget to take it with you. That's a more serious problem than a ringing snare!


    The Drum Wallet: A Solution?

    Enter The Drum Wallet. I'll admit when I first saw it, my initial reaction was: “Just another drum gimmick looking to get into my wallet." But using it caused a serious attitude adjustment.

    The thing works! If I had anything negative to say about it...it would be...well, I can’t find anything negative to say about it. I did say, however, “Hey, why didn’t I think of this!?!”

    5318eea8b026d.jpg.52f2026f6ebcff4e9efe2846648c638d.jpgIt was easy to install (less than 20 seconds), and lets you flip it on and off the drum without putting your sticks down. This even allows for a mid-song snare sound change — for example, you might want a more ringy sound in the chorus and a muted sound in the verse.

    The packaging is a nice, heavy knick-knack-size zip-lock bag, which they encourage you to keep in your stick bag for drum keys, ear plugs, etc.

    The wallet and straps are made of a tough ballistic cordura-type material and while I don’t know for sure what's in the actual “wallet,” the premise appears to be sort of a sand-filed bean bag. The straps affix to the lugs (accepts a six lug up to a 10 lug snare) with heavy duty Velcro.


    The Price: Easy on Your Wallet

    And it is indeed easy on your wallet: $24.95 street price, making it a very affordable and long-lasting solution. Best of all, it holds no money so the risk for someone walking off with your drum wallet is minimal...thus allowing you to hold on to more of your money! And as working musicians, we all need more of that!






    5318eea8b546d.jpg.3fdf94a807286914da25d45ad06cd623.jpgDendy Jarrett is the Editorial Director and Director of Communities for 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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