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||Nicely made lightweight aluminum
straight mute, also fits flugelhorn
Made from high purity spun aluminum, 'scotchbrite' finished and bright silver anodized. Offer brilliance and carrying power which make them the choice of the world's finest professionals. Excellent intonation .
Denis Wick DW5535 Alto Practice Mute
|The above mute is also available in a
practice version, with small holes drilled to allow air to
escape, and full coverage cork around the top. Very light
Denis Wick practice mutes are perhaps the best teaching aid ever invented. Not only do they fulfill the need for the IN TUNE painless practice, so essential in the development of every young player and an indispensible 'hotel mute' for the professional, but they also possible an enormous improvement in tone quality using the entire vital capacity as a vibrating air column by opening the throat spaces through playing loudly in the low register.
Tenor Trombone Straight Mutes
|A fiber mute with the classic sound,
very mellow, can be too soft for some modern playing, but
it's inexpensive. If the music calls for "Robinson Mute",
this is the one to use. 111g
|Highly polished aluminum straight mute, light weight, very open playing, sounds louder because of thicker corks, which some folks might like to file, soft metal is not dent resistant. 165g||$61|
|Same as above, but more sizzle in the sound, nice mute, easily dented, be careful. 243g||$75|
|Nice light weight aluminum mute, thinner
corks, Steve uses this one
The Denis Wick DW5505 trombone straight mute is one of the most popular and best-designed trombone mutes available. It was developed by Denis Wick to meet his own exacting standards as Principal Trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra. It went through a long process of development, during which he noticed the importance of anodising (which hardens the mute). Several small adjustments were made to the size and shape to perfect the tuning and tone. One of the notable qualities of this mute is that it works perfectly in the low register, including all the F-valve notes, right down to low B natural and beyond.
One of the leading composers of the 20th Century, Benjamin Britten, became involved in the process. Here is Denis Wick’s description of Britten’s involvement.
“The composer and conductor, Benjamin Britten, overheard me demonstrating to colleagues a prototype of the DW5505 when we were recording Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ at Snape Maltings with Britten himself conducting. He asked what I was doing and insisted on listening himself, virtually taking over the testing process, asking for me to play at every dynamic, making exhaustive comparisons with other makes, and told us that mine was much more to his taste than any of the others.”
Britten understood orchestral colors better than any living composer, so to have his approval for the new mute was a huge encouragement, and his judgment has been proved correct. The mute that he liked best has been a best-seller ever since.
This mute has a huge dynamic range, making it suitable for both symphony and jazz use. The aluminium is very hard and resonant which means the tone is very even and has exceptional carrying power. The mute is also light, which means the response of the instrument remains very effortless; the trombone will speak as easily as it would without the mute.
This mute is a product of notable design and development in combination with the great hand-crafting skills Denis Wick has nurtured over many years.
|Very stylish and lightweight wooden
straight mute, softer, mellower sound, best fit in larger
The Denis Wick range of wooden mutes is designed to provide modern brass players with a mute which sounds great, even at the quietest of dynamics. This mute will carry on working even at the end of an extreme diminuendo - it will allow the tone to drop almost nothing. Denis Wick has achieved this by a unique construction method which uses beautiful wood, with all its natural attributes of strength and resonance, and a very hard inner lining, made of a hi-tech modern material, which gives rigidity and enhances the acoustic properties of the mute.
The use of wooden mutes is popular in European orchestras and helps create that distinctive muted sound which is so useful in nineteenth-century orchestral music. They are especially useful when used in opera, where often a very soft pianissimo is required. Denis Wick wooden mutes can be found in many leading opera houses around the world, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
The Denis Wick wooden French horn mute is the choice of mute for many professional horn players around the world. With its perfect intonation, beautiful tone and instant response it is the leading mute of its kind. It has adjustable tuning which allows the mute to be adapted to suit every kind of French horn.
The mutes are very light and resonant, and are also very rigid. They are all individually hand-crafted. The bases are made from a solid piece of marine ply and the wooden ‘cone’ from Finnish birch wood. The inner lining is applied by a special method which ensures maximum strength and resonance.
Denis Wick wooden mutes are used widely in bands and in orchestras: their excellent intonation and all-round performance makes them a great choice for any brass player. They are made in different sizes for most brass instruments, including all brass band and orchestral brass instruments, from Eb trumpet/soprano cornet down to BBb tuba.
|Aluminum mute, similar to Wick, but heavier, a little taller, more dent resistant, brushed finish. 160g||$68|
|Aluminum with brass bottom||$81|
|Aluminum with copper bottom||$81|
|This fiber mute gives the classic cup
mute sound. Low notes around low G are only OK, may need
corks filed or a 1/8" hole drilled in the end for better low
playing, but it's the right sound, and we all put up with
it. This is THE cup mute to get for dance band gigs. When
Joe Alessi came to town to do a master class and recital, he
needed to borrow a cup mute. Never mind that he founded Jo-Ral
mutes, but Bill Booth handed him his older-than-dirt looking
Stonelined cup mute. You should have seen the look that Joe
gave him. It was priceless. 197g
|Popular studio cup mute is similar to the above in the fiber construction. This Mica version includes a large rubber ring around the cup, and soft red flocking inside||$38|
|Light aluminum adjustable cup, can be
closed for soft practice playing, very light but new models
are tougher than older, thinly made ones. Great low range,
more sizzle than the fiber mutes.
Denis Wick cup mutes have the perfect intonation that has become the hallmark for all Denis Wick mutes, with the added bonus that the cup position can be adjusted to give exactly the desired sound quality - for microphone, solo or section playing.
"This has to be the best mute, by far the best cup mute, I have ever used and owned. I actually used to use a Harmon Triple Play cup mute (the cup was removable so you could use it as a plunger and a straight mute, but it was too small for my Bach 42BO (I would have to hold it outside of the bell.) This mute is amazing, perfect size, and the cup is adjustable if I need to use it for my small jazz horn."
~ Jesus Viramontes, trombone student, Los Angeles CA
|Similar to Wick but heavier, comes in two tenor sizes, large fits most horns. Small fits? Hmm, maybe a Bach 6, but none of our horns. We stock the large size only, which fits all tenor trombones, small to large. Cup is also adjustable, 260g||$87|
Tenor Trombone Bucket Mutes
|Soulo's trumpet bucket mute has become very
popular in the past couple of years, and now they add tenor and
bass trombone models. The tenor trombone mute fits
trombones with up to 8" bell. The bass trombone mute fits
9.5-10" bells. These looks to be smartly updated versions
of the classic Finch mutes from San Diego. Metal bell rim
hooks are coated to prevent scratching of the bell rim.
It's easy to use: simply hang the mute by the two small hooks,
then use your thumb to slide the third hook onto the bell rim.
The new bucket mute for trumpet, tenor & bass trombone. Unlike any other mute, Soulo Mute is perfectly in tune in all registers (including pedal tones), has no back-pressure, and no 'squirelly' notes. The coated brass clips are flexible to accommodate all bell sizes and allow for quick on and off. It is considerably lighter than every other brand. Soulo Mute offers two adjustable positions, which allow for different color sounds. It now comes with a 100% organic cotton bag to protect it from wear and tear and provide a third sound color option - a darker bucket mute sound, with the bag stuffed inside. All these options allow the trombone player to blend perfectly in a section comprised of different brands of bucket mutes. The mute is perfect for performance and sound recordings, as it will never fall off the bell. Endorsed by US and international trombone icons like John Fedchock, Conrad Herwig, Tom Bones Malone, Bill Reichenbach, Tom Garling, Reggie Watkins and many more. Made in the USA.
|The classic bucket sound, clips on the bell, be sure to get exactly the right size, though you can bend the clips to fit your bell better. Clips are coated with cloth tape and should not harm your bell. This is the most popular size for jazz horns 258g||$33|
|This 8" mute uses a larger housing. In fact, it's the same mute that's sold for 8" and 8.5" bells, but the tabs are bent further out for the 8.5". Many players with an 8" bell use the smaller and lighter 7.5" mute, above, and they just bend the tabs out a little bit. Be gentle, so you don't break the rivets. 269g||$36|
|Same as above, but tabs are spread wider for 8.5" bell. 269g||$38|
|New style bucket mute plugs in like a big
straight mute, nice sound, too heavy for some.
Small for 8" and smaller bells TRB8S 271g
Large for 8.5" symphonic bells TRB8L 296g
|Neoprene hat, hung over the bell, gives a
great bucket sound, designed by LA trombonist Ira Nepus. Can be
put all the way over the bell for practice mute sound. Easy
on/off, light, sounds great, versatile. This mute weighs
virtually nothing and slips on and off very quickly and
silently, interesting range of bright colors. 65g
For 7"-7.75" bells - order Small Tenor
For 8"-8.5" bells - order Large Tenor
Assorted Tenor Trombone Mutes: solotone, pixie, wa-wa-, buzz-wow
Model Specs Price Humes & Berg Stonelined 153 Solotone
The classic sound for Tommy Dorsey and "Song of India". Used in '30's-'40's music and some stage shows. When music calls for the "Shastock" mute, use this mute. Also known as the "Clear tone" mute
Humes & Berg Stonelined 163 Pixie
This small metal straight mute is designed for use when you are doing plunger work, but still need a straight mute type sound for softer playing.
$48 Humes & Berg Stonelined Buzz-Wow An unusual mute, looks like a cup, but has metal disks inside that buzz, used by Frank Rosolino on occasion. Fun to play, has attributes of bassoon, and humming through waxed paper and a comb. File the corks and remove some of the washers for a louder buzz. 279g
Update: 5/17/2010 This is a really fun mute, but we're very sorry to say that it looks to be discontinued.
Harmon Wa-Wa The original wa-wa mute, used in many shows. Steve's favorite brand. 232g $55 Jo-Ral Wa-Wa Similar to above, slightly mellower sound. 253g $87
Tenor Trombone Practice Mutes
Model Specs Price
Best Brass Warm-Up Mute
This new mute is designed by Shinji Hamanaga, the inventor of the Yamaha Silent Brass System. It is so small that it fits completely inside the bell, allowing you to store it inside when the horn is in the case. Incredibly lightweight at 60g (75g for bass trombone), you hardly notice it's there. It plays well throughout the entire range, and is very quite. Though pricey, it's much more comfortable that a larger mute to use for long periods of practice.
The first photo shows both the tenor and bass trombone Warm-Up mutes. The second photo shows them in relation to a typical trombone straight mute.
New lower price!
Best Brass Warm-Up Jr. Mute
This is a lower priced version of the above made of ABS. Weight: 58g. $67
Best Brass E-Brass III
The newest addition to the Best Brass line is a complete portable soundproof practice studio. Listen to your sound through earphones (included) so you won't over blow. Add resonance with a choice of 3 settings. A metronome is built in, and you can plug in a CD or Ipod for play-along practice. It's pricey, but not much heavier than the standard Best Brass Warm-up mute. This does protrude out of the horn a bit, so it won't store inside the bell in the case. This a well-made lightweight alternative to the Yamaha Silent Brass mute.
New lower price!
$180 Yamaha Silent Brass SB5XC Complete System Black plastic mute in a modern shape has a small microphone inside, which connects by the included wire to a mixing box with volume and reverb controls, and to earphones. It's a great idea in that you are less likely to over blow the mute since you can hear your sound so easily through the amplification. This mute can store inside your horn inside the case for compact travel.
Also available as mute only, model PM5X, for $130.
$200 Denis Wick DW5527 Practice Mute This is the lightweight Wick straight mute with extra cork and a hole in the end. Almost as quiet as the Yamaha, but lighter and cheaper. 154g
Denis Wick practice mutes are perhaps the best teaching aid ever invented. Not only do they fulfil the need for the IN TUNE painless practice, so essential in the development of every young player and an indispensible 'hotel mute' for the professional, but they also possible an enormous improvement in tone quality using the entire vital capacity as a vibrating air column by opening the throat spaces through playing loudly in the low register.
$51 Bremner Ssshhh Practice mute New from New Zealand is this very compact plastic practice mute with a new rounded shape. This is the Mark II version, which is an excellent fit for all tenor trombones. Black with red trim and cloth bag, it is very soft in volume, very light. Blows openly and gives good feedback of sound, definitely a winner. The old versions of this mute also fit bass trombone, but this new design only fits tenor.
If you have several sizes of trombones, and wish one practice mute would fit, we also have the original Bremner Mark I tenor trombone mute, which we find is the best fit in bass trombones and French horns. It will of course fit most tenor trombones. The new Mark II tenor trombone mute does not fit bass trombone. If you wish to use one mute for all your trombones, start with the Mark I.