Introduction: Cheap Cowbell Mute

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Instructions on how to make a cheap cowbell mute for less than pennies!

Step 1: Components

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What you will need to create the mute.

Step 2: Preparing the Tube

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This tube could be either insulation cable or you could just strip it from an old wire that is no longer needed. You need to make a clear slice along the tube for later.

Step 3: Adding to the Cowbell

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In this step you will add the rubber tubing to the edge of the cowbell, you need to slip it over the edge and it is worth testing to find out what works best for you, you may want to stretch the tubing to reduce the sound reverberating even more. Cut the pipe to length.

Step 4: Gluing the Mute in Place

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If you are a heavy drummer you may want to glue the mute in place or it may slip off. when you are gluing it in place, try to have the joining seem in a straight section or you may find that gluing it may be a problem and it may tear away after some playing.

Step 5: Complete

Your cowbell should now be complete, if you find that the mute becomes un-stuck you may want to add more glue to the edges for safe measure. Please give comments as i would like to hear from you if you have any other plans or ideas.

Comments

Mark 42 (author)2015-10-19

You can buy fuel/vacuum hose or aquarium hose - probably cheaper.
I was thinking of soldering on a copper tube.
I found quite large & cheap cowbells ($3.99) at Harbor Freight.

Rockerx (author)2008-09-05

"I have a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell!" Anybody know where that's from? :) Nice Idea by the way!

thawkman (author)Rockerx2011-12-28

Saturday night live!!!! :D Hey, and really patrol the stage ok?

wozzy (author)Rockerx2008-09-05

Yes, it's from an SNL sketch.

wozzy (author)wozzy2008-09-05
Rockerx (author)wozzy2008-09-05

Yep, it's one of my favorites

PKM (author)2008-09-06

I saw a drummer busking under a bridge on the south bank- he had a cowbell, it was all I could do not to shout "Needs more cowbell!" at him :S

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