Originally Posted by ed97643
2. A small piece of cloth (small!) placed between the snare wires and the snare resonant head can help.
+1... this is the one that works, except I find foam tape to be even better, since it's springy, whereas cloth is not... the springy-ness allows better snare contact on snare hits, while keeping the snares away from the bottom head on tom hits/kick stomps/accidental knee bumps while toggling one's left foot between hat pedal & double-kick pedal in circumstances where that applies, etc.
You can find single-sided foam tape (well, i guess technically the tape isn't single-sided, but the sticky stuff is... unless you can find some mobius-strip-shaped carpet tape somewhere... THAT would be truly single-sided; but I digress), but more common is the double-sided... leave the peel-paper on while you slide it around to find the right spot... usually not too close to the center, so the head can still extrude well on snare hits, and then once you find the right spot, stick it right to the head under the snares.... sometimes you might need two thicknesses of it, depending on how loose the guy likes his snares. The adhesive isn't so aggressive that it will prevent you from cleaning it off fairly easily afterwards - should the drummer ever actually look under his snare after the session. More likely is that he'll notice it a year later & will think that the drum came that way from the factory.
Works great! If you don't want to get down there yourself, maybe Rice can send his assistant over to do it.