Snareweight Chrome #4 Dampener
Snareweight is a great addition to any stick bag for use when you want to quickly and easily add a bit of muffling to a snare drum, or any drum with metal hoops that aren't made of brass or die cast.
From Snareweight Website:
Snareweight #4 is the fourth generation built for metal triple flange hoops. It's made to last of a weighted solid 3/4lbs. chunk of chrome. The weight, friction and magnet, all work together to create what we call "expressive dampening"- giving color options to your playing all the way through the dynamic range.
The neodymium arched magnet secures the Snareweight to the hoop while at the same time securing the insert of your choice for your dampening digs. Snareweight #4 is the only body you will ever need. Slide the #4 around the rim with one hand while hitting the drum with the other until you find the sweet spot.
Since the 1st brass designs of 2011, there has been a few improvements to the magnet and magnet enclosure. Recessed screws now anchor the magnet as well as a raised brass lip to prevent the magnet from chipping. Also we included what we call the "absorber" above the magnet to prevent jitter at certain tuning. This also costs more to manufacture but we feel in the long run it's worth it.
Snareweight adds mass to the head which helps to evenly smooth the lower-mid ringing frequencies that can't be reached with other methods while keeping the tone of your shell in tact. The unwanted ring of the high frequencies are shaped by the chosen insert in a snap by matching the insert with a drummers favorite drum head.
From an engineering stand point with the weight of a Snareweight #4, you get about 2-3 db of compression from your drum, which helps to reel it in for optimum recording levels and sitting in the mix without the need for more outboard gear, eq/compression, usually better to fix it from the source.