Well I have been thinking for some time of getting some drums. I had enough experience sitting at my best friend's drum kit, as a teen, to have developed at least the smallest amount of ability, as well as really enjoying it. So through the years I have played my LP Conga and played on various surfaces at home with a pair of drum sticks... thinking about eventually buying a kit. I recently, finally did decide to start by buying a good snare drum. I bought a Ludwig Legacy Maple Snare. Now I want to be able to practice at home. I see that there are quite a few quieting drum heads that you install or pads that you place on top of the regular drum head, to bring down the volume of the drum so that the neighbors are not getting disturbed. I don't need to worry about having to keep switching between quiet heads and regular heads. I will, for now, just need to be playing at home. So if the answer is heads that are installed I intend to just leave them on long term... for now. I have been watching various videos, and that is helpful. But I would also be interested in any input about this subject, from any other guitar player / drummers here . Specifically what are the best options for bringing down the volume, while getting the best feel and tone possible, given the situation ? Also... any suggestions on a good drum forum to check out ? Thanks !