I've poked around on the web looking for info on this, but I was hoping to find something a little more specifc from someone who plays drums - I know there are many people here who do play drums as well as bass, and starting a new account on a drum forum 2% as large as this one didn't seem like it was going to be productive. I bought my drummer an 18" Wuhan china for his birthday - he says he absolutely loves them - but I went to our studio last night to put it on his kit as a surprise when he walks into practice tonight, and MAN is it LOUD!!! I'm talking 2-3 times the volume of his other cymbals. I've read you can buy cymbal mutes, but you can also use gaffer's tape, duct tape, masking tape, or even blue-tack/sticky-tack to mute the cymbal slightly (and also cut down on sustain). Do any of you have experience with this? What method do you use (or, what method does your drummer use)? Any advice?