Patent Number: 6,307,133

Title: Drumhead dampening device

Abstract: A device for use in combination with a musical drum for dampening extraneous and undesirable tones produced by the drumhead consisting of a means for affixing the device to the drum, such as, for example, a clamp assembly, mounted on a counterhoop. Connected to the clamp assembly is an L-shape bracket, which extends generally above the clamp and over a section of the edge portion of the drumhead surface where it attaches in pivotal relation to a horizontally extending arm, which is connected on its opposite end to a casing. An aperture is formed within the casing and extends entirely from the top end of the casing to the bottom. A vertically disposed plunger arm is slidably received through the aperture, and is connected at the bottom end to a plunger head, which includes a base portion and a felt pad or some similarly suitable material mounted thereon to act as the contact surface with the drumhead. Attached to the plunger arm at points above and below the casing are restraining mechanisms or O-rings provided to adjust "gate time," i.e. the time interval the plunger head exists off the drumhead in response to an object striking the drumhead surface. A rotatable nut is employed to level the plunger head relative to the drumhead surface.

Inventors: May; James H. (Palmdale, CA), Whittington; Christopher J. (Chatsworth, CA), Weckl; Dave (Chatsworth, CA)

Assignee: Remo, Inc.

International Classification: G10D 13/02 (20060101); G10D 13/00 (20060101); G10D 013/02 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018