I totally agree with Todd.It's an instrument capable of a full range of dynamics, I'm not suggesting he hurt himself or do anything stupid. A lot of people are scared of making any sound on it at all, and need to adjust their sense of what loud is. What will be extremely loud to him is probably mf to a professional.
It's probably the wrong instrument for people who are terrified of playing performance volume on it.
Yes, we must protect our ears and also avoid injury
but sometimes I feel like my mom is on the forum.
Last week I mentioned that some new weighted sticks have a place in a proper routine and I was surprised at how many people immediately screamed “injury”. I don’t know, I’m 54, weigh only 165 and have never hurt myself. Mainly because I use them sensibly. I can also play 16th singles above 240 bpm, partly due to using them.
The OP is 63, if he still has his hearing at this age, does anyone honestly think that he is going to permanently damage his hearing from hitting his cymbals hard for a moment? Real hearing loss and tinnitus issues for musicians are repetitive type injuries. The type of single events that cause hearing loss are incredibly loud.