Best Practice Mute

Discussion in 'Mouthpieces / Mutes / Other' started by John Heckathorn, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. Gary Schutza

    Gary Schutza Pianissimo User

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    marsuleu,
    Yes, a practice mute is much softer than a straight mute. I don't use the Dennis Wick. I use a practice mute that is part of the "Silent Brass" system, I just don't use the electonics. It's the softest practice mute I've used that doesn't restrict the air-flow too much. I also sometimes use the Trumcor practice mute. It's not as soft, but is pretty free-blowing. Unfortunately, all the practice mutes are pretty pricey.
    By the way, just as an aside—Sometimes non brass playing composers think that if they want a softer sound they must specify "mute" in the part, thinking that it simply dampens the vibration/sound like a string instrument mute (sordino). It doesn't. It actually makes the sound more piercing or louder. Maybe this is where you got confused? Good practicing.

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  2. Bruin

    Bruin Pianissimo User

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  3. operagost

    operagost Forte User

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    If you're interested in a Silent Brass without the practice amp, you want the model PM-7 "pickup mute". It still has the microphone in it, but it's a lot cheaper without the amp.
     
  4. sonarerocks

    sonarerocks Pianissimo User

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  5. marsuleu

    marsuleu Piano User

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    really quiet with Renuzit ... that's what I'm looking for, but I don't find Renuzit products in Romania ( only Glade & Co. ) :(
    a friend of mine went in Belgium/Holland . I asked him to buy me a Renuzit if he finds one. if not, I need to buy a practice mute, so , what do you recomand : Denis Wick or BrassSpa ? which one is quieter , and which one aids less resistance ?!? ( I preffer less resistance and quiet together :) )
     
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  6. marsuleu

    marsuleu Piano User

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    still waiting for your answers... I'm forced to buy this mutes over the internet so I can't test them...that's why I need an advise...
     
  7. Bachstul

    Bachstul Mezzo Forte User

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    Get the Best Brass . We are on page seven, why are you waiting for an answer? There is plenty of info on this thread. Buy one, use it, be happy.
     
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  8. fels

    fels Piano User

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    My practice - music room is directly above, but connected to a "great room" with kitchen and TV. I use the Yamaha Silent Brass. It is an electronic mute. Very little sound out - but it has a pick up - you listen through your headphones - and it sounds very natural. It has been very successfuly in our househould.
     
  9. markwalther

    markwalther New Friend

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    Hands down the Tom Crown Practice Mute.

    Check it out at: Tom Crown Mutes | Mutes | Practice

    :)
     
  10. soundgrazer

    soundgrazer Pianissimo User

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    What do you mean you can't test them. Go to a store, try them out.

    I still like my "practice" mute which is a harmon mute with a cork stuck where the stem usually goes with a hole drilled in the cork. This is cheap and practical for people who need a Harmon mute anyhow.
     

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