Mr. Muff is a German company offering stick and beater attachments designed to soften attack, limit dynamics, and achieve a round, puffy tone in seconds. The Muffstick drumstick attachment comes in two weights—Light and Heavy—and the Muffkopf bass drum beater cover is available in Standard and Deluxe sizes. We received both Muffkopfs and the Muffstick Heavy to review.
This duster-looking device consists of an 11.5″-long green-felt back that’s 2″ wide at the opening and 4″ wide at the top. There’s a 1×8 pocket stitched in the back that holds thin 7A to thicker 5B drumsticks snuggly in place. The front of the felt is covered in black and gray polyester fur. For lighter playing, the Muffstick will stay in place without any further reinforcement. To keep the cover from flying off the stick when you’re using higher velocity strokes, there’s a grosgrain strap that you can hold onto with your index finger.
The Muffstick effectively eliminates nearly all the attack from the stick hitting the drumhead, leaving behind a wide, puffy sound that’s even softer and rounder than the tone you get from a soft-felt timpani mallet. You can use the Muffstick to play smooth cymbal swells, quiet tom grooves, and dark, muted snare backbeats. There’s no rebound from the stick when the Muffstick is installed, and there’s a bit of wind resistance that slows down the stroke. You obviously wouldn’t need this accessory for every gig, but when the situation calls for something dark and whispery, it’s cool to have this ready and waiting. List price is around $35.
Muffkopf Beater Covers
The Muffkopf Standard bass drum beater cover has the same skunk-like black/gray fur and green-felt backing. There’s a shoestring-style cord laced around the perimeter that gets tightened around the beater with a plastic fastener. The beater head inserts through a slot in the Muffkopf, and when the cord is drawn tight, the cover stays firmly in place while you play. The fur covering produces a heavily dampened sound with a soft, round attack and a muted tone. You can also flip the Muffkopf inside-out so that the green felt strikes the drumhead, producing a less dampened but still softened, vintage-type tone. Like the Muffstick, the Muffkopf can be installed and removed in seconds, and would be a valuable accessory for drummers playing in volume-controlled situations (acoustic jazz, church services, etc.) or when a round Roland 808–type tone is desired. List price is around $35.
The Muffkopf Deluxe is a large alternative with a thick white or black fleece cover. This model is basically a bass drum silencer. It produces almost no attack, and the volume is impressively curtailed to a dull thud. When used to play a large, open kick drum, this cover produced a deep, guttural concert-style sound. When it was used on a small, dampened bass drum, the sound was distant and subtle. I can see this option coming in handy for teachers and practicing drummers looking to control bass drum volume so as not to annoy family members or neighbors. As we experienced with the Muffstick, the wind resistance created by the large, fluffy Muffkopf Deluxe cover slowed the beater acceleration significantly, but it didn’t make playing the bass drum labored. Although an extreme option, the Deluxe might come in handy when you need to play extremely quietly. List price is around $43. For more information, visit mistermuff.de.
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