Hi all, my drummer totally rocks. I couldn't wish for a better rhythm partner. Only thing is, he's loud as h*ll. He came up in the early 70's competing with Hiwatt's and Marshall stacks. He's like Billy Cobham, totally loves to beat on the drums, and he's very good at it. But lately we've been called on to play some venues that call for a little more decorum. Something a little quieter perhaps. I wanna help him tone down, he's having a hard time doing it 'cause it cramps his style (and his style is great, wouldn't want to tell him to go start playing wimpy jazz stuff). We've tried all the usual solutions (ringers, etc), most of it changes the sound and makes the drums sound dull and lifeless (thud). The question is, are there any sticks that will result in a quieter but natural sounding beat? I figure what with all the marvelous advances in technology in the last twenty or thirty years, there ought to be something that'll work. Anyone have any experience with this?