Ear protection that doesn't cut all the treble from a show?

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  1. sezna

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    Hey guys,
    I'm seeing Plini w/ Mestis this upcoming week. I always wear ear protection at shows because I'm totally lame, but also because I play in an orchestra and my livelihood is sort of built around my ears. I shouldn't need to justify myself.

    Anyway.

    Earplugs I buy from Walgreens or wherever always seem to cut away all the treble and leave me with only a bassy approximation of what the artist is playing. Can y'all recommend some ear protection that preserves the definition of the music a bit better, if it exists? Nothing over the ear, I'm not a total dweeb.

    Thanks.
     
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    Be careful, last pair I had of those the insert separated from the plastic “handle” and I had to trust a gf I was going through relationship issues with at the time, to pull the foam out with tweezers (!)
     
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    Buy molded plugs, enjoy.
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    Damn that’s wild. I’ve had a pair for years without any issues; but anything is possible.
     
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    Similar design as the ones linked above, but you can find Etimotic Research brand ones on Amazon and they work great, just make sure you get the right fit before the show because they aren't exactly forgiving, and I find I need to take them out in between sets or else they start to hurt my ears. But for about an hour at a time they're comfortable.
     
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    Flare audio isolate.

    edit:another win for posting before reading the whole thread
     
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    i've had my Westone plugs for years and they've never failed me. get a decent pair of molded plugs and you'll be good
     
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    234 Euro for a gold pair of Isolate earplugs? I am at a loss for words...
     
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    Earasures are incredible. Do your self a favor and check em out, seriously!!
    Made by a company thats bbeen in the hearing aid business for like over 30 years or something and they started making musicians earplugs. Practically invisible too!
    I recommend the strongest filters for LOUD metal types of volume.

    https://www.earasers.net/collections/musician-s-hifi-earplugs
     
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    Eargasm earplugs. Just search amazon.
     
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    Well, I go to a local business that makes hearing devices and molded earplugs. I believe I paid 120€ a couple of years ago for a set, molded for my ears. Very satisfied with those. They basically lower the volume, also I found them to take away a bit of bass so the overall sound during a show is a bit clearer. I hope this makes sense.
     
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    I've just been using £6 worksite ear defenders recently. I like that I can reposition the cups to kinda EQ what I'm hearing. Different angles and positions make a big difference. Not yet been picked on for being a nerd. ;)
     
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    I've been using zildjan earplugs, https://zildjian.com/gear/hd-earplugs-tan. I believe they're rebranded, I just can't remember the original manufacturer, but I know they're cheaper than zildjan.

    I've been very happy with them after several shows and jams.
     
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    I've been using something kind of similar to those Zildjian ones and I find they chop so much high frequency content out that it's hard to still really tell what's going on. I find myself sometimes ditching them or sort of fitting them in awkward ways to try to control how much it's filtering out - which ends up defeating their purpose.
    I'm legitimately curious how much better something like the molded ones would be.
     
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    I have -20dB molded plugs and I can have conversations with no music going, then run a song and it's fine.
     
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