Moon Gel substance?

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Does anyone know what the substance is that Moon Gel pads are made and where to get it if I don't want to pay for a Moon Gel pad with their frame and all? Is it some kind of silicone? It seems to be the substance used for "sticky," stretchy stuff that sticks to windows and refrigerators, etc. I got some of those in a variety pack of images related to school, for children, like pencils and stuff. Sticks to a drum head really well. But, I have only seen those in very small items, nothing as large as a Moon Gel pad. Plus, I don't want to mute drum heads. I want totally silent practice pads for making another practice pad set and I don't want to spend the money for multiple pads buying Moon Gel pads.

I've experimented with all kinds of pads and covering on pads, made from different types of rubber, plus fabric to quiet things down, stuff I can get at Walmart. It's okay but, not as silent as a Moon Gel pad. I have not found anything as quiet as those. But I want to make another pad set with multiple pads for a range of motion. At $35 ea., that's just too much to spend, especially for a diehard D.I.Yer, like me. :)

Thanks for any info..
 

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I suspect you have done this already, but try mesh heads. They will be as quiet as any muffled or covered regular head, if not quieter.
 

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A clerk at my favorite shop from long ago told me the funniest story regarding moon gel practice pads. One day a guy came in to the shop with his girlfriend. The girlfriend was attractive and well there were certain features of hers that the clerk was trying to determine if real or not ;) when the guy checked out he stood and squished the moon gel pad that was on the counter and said "man what's this made of? I've felt this stuff somewhere" Can't make that stuff up!
 

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It was developed by DuPont for NASA and was used to patch the seems on the landing modules to keep the life giving atmosphere inside from leaking out into the perfect vacuum of space.
 

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A clerk at my favorite shop from long ago told me the funniest story regarding moon gel practice pads. One day a guy came in to the shop with his girlfriend. The girlfriend was attractive and well there were certain features of hers that the clerk was trying to determine if real or not ;) when the guy checked out he stood and squished the moon gel pad that was on the counter and said "man what's this made of? I've felt this stuff somewhere" Can't make that stuff up!

Hahaha. That is funny!
 

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I suspect you have done this already, but try mesh heads. They will be as quiet as any muffled or covered regular head, if not quieter.
That would be great for a drum set footprint. I just use a plywood platform that sits on a snare stand and has six small pads on it 5"- 9".
 

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It was developed by DuPont for NASA and was used to patch the seems on the landing modules to keep the life giving atmosphere inside from leaking out into the perfect vacuum of space.
Interesting. Dupont must sell it as some kind of product that the Moon Gel company buys through some distributor.
 

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It was developed by DuPont for NASA and was used to patch the seems on the landing modules to keep the life giving atmosphere inside from leaking out into the perfect vacuum of space.
I don't know if this is true, but I'm going with this from now on.
 

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Have you tried rubber pads - I know they make them that fit on top of the drums (or they used to) - maybe get a few mouse pads and put on top of the drums - not sure if they will feel perfect though or give you good rebound.

As for MG itself, check out Wiki:

"Moongels are made from 53% PVC copolymer resin, 27% Dioctyl Terephthalate, 2.5% Epoxied Soybean Oil, 3% Calcium-Zinc Stabilizers, 7% PVC-based Thixotrope and 7.5% Adipate Plasticizer-based Thixotrope. Gel of this composition is commercially available from WRS SportsMed, a division of WRS Group, Inc."
 

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I think I've mentioned it before, but here in China you can buy a whole roll of tape made of similar (but slightly less flexible I feel) material in some grocery stores. Intended use was to affix things, like a removable double-sided duct tape, but hey, duct tape. :hello2:
 

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The blue gel foam is sold as a foam for upholstery/seats. My drummer friend r.i.p. made a drum seat outta that stuff for me. He gave me a hunk of it and I cut it into small rectangle/squares just like moon gel. I honestly don't dampen my toms and I either play my snares wide open or muffle using a ring.
 

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Have you tried rubber pads - I know they make them that fit on top of the drums (or they used to) - maybe get a few mouse pads and put on top of the drums - not sure if they will feel perfect though or give you good rebound.

As for MG itself, check out Wiki:

"Moongels are made from 53% PVC copolymer resin, 27% Dioctyl Terephthalate, 2.5% Epoxied Soybean Oil, 3% Calcium-Zinc Stabilizers, 7% PVC-based Thixotrope and 7.5% Adipate Plasticizer-based Thixotrope. Gel of this composition is commercially available from WRS SportsMed, a division of WRS Group, Inc."
Thanks for that. I have tried all kinds of rubber pads for practice pads from kitchen mats to floor mats, etc. Some more quiet than others. Nothing beats Moon Gel, that I have found, anyway. Especially with a face cloth over it. Very quiet. I'm looking for zero bounce, and I just want to feel them, not hear them. If I can't get any of the gel stuff, I may try foams next, like chair foam with something on it to protect it from all the friction.
 


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