Dino has been a musician all of his life. He plays guitar, keyboards, drums, and cello.
Drum Muff was born out of frustration. I, Dino Rachiele, have been in a Classic Rock band for many years. I own a nice set of drums, but I am not the drummer in the band. I play keyboards and guitar. My band regularly plays in small venues and we have always had an issue with volume. If band members actually poll the audience, they would find out that most feel the music is too loud in most smaller venues.
I decided long ago that there had to be a simple solution. Boy was I wrong. We first started out using hot rod sticks. The sticks not only were expensive, but they blew apart after only one or two sessions. Worse yet, the cymbals sounded horrible. We had tried all of the common products… the gels, drum rings, etc. Nothing worked well. We finally resorted to purchasing a Plexi shield. That was a total waste of money. We used it once, it was heavy and it scratched up even though we were careful. We ended up selling it for a fraction of what we paid for it.
The Final Solution
In looking at all of the dampening products on the market, there seemed to be a similar thread – gel based products. I started thinking about how that works and why it did not do the job well. If you look at a cymbal recorded in slow motion (or a drum head), you will see that it warps out of shape. The gels offer little resistance to that motion. I thought of the solution of using a metal – aluminum, to give more resistance. The result was even shocking to me. Applying Aluminum over a semi rigid adhesive rubber base was able to affect a much more targeted and significant resistance to the vibrations in cymbals and drum heads. Drum Muff was born…
Nick Reciniello, the former drummer in my band, was the first one that I showed my invention to. He was positively awestruck. We immediately began to test our new product. We ran it through heat and cold tests. We compared the effects in a controlled environment and our Drum Muff’s outperformed every other product we tested – not by a small margin, but by leaps and bounds.
Nick had an idea to send our original Drum Muff to Dr. Steve Gadd. Believe it or not, he called me and thanked me. I asked how he liked the Drum Muff. He said he loved the idea, but had several suggestions regarding improving its composition. He gave me several ideas and I went straight to the 3M company and started our search for new materials. We knew the aluminum layer was key. The adhesive and damping material needed to be upgraded. We had 3M Corporation overnight materials almost daily for testing. After about 6 weeks or more, we came up with the perfect combination. They made a special adhesive for us that will stick to virtually anything (and not fall off) while retaining the ability to easily remove it and reuse it over and over. If the adhesive gets dirty, it simply is cleaned with soap and water. The top layer is now made of a water-proof, UV proof, tear proof polyester. The layer under the 5 mils of aluminum is a 3M Corporation medium density damping foam. The combination is patent pending and significantly improved our original product. Much thanks to Dr. Gadd.
I would like to thank Nick Reciniello and his family for all they have done for the company. Without their help, we would have never been this successful. Nick recently took another job and is no longer with the company. I wish him much success, as it is well deserved.
Our Miracle Spray is something I (Dino) have been working with a custom manufacturer for about 7 years. I believe our Miracle cleaner, conditioner and polish is second to none in the industry. There is nothing easier to apply and it will not harm any of your gear.
All of our products are hand made in Apopka, FL USA.
We hope you will enjoy the benefits of Drum Muff products and wish you the best in your drumming hobby or career.