So.... we've been reading about what everyone would have like to receive for Christmas... how about what you GOT!? My daughter found a guy who has "invented" a new mute stand! Essentially a tray of plastic with a rim to prevent things from sliding off and a clamp that allows it to be clipped onto a Manhassett (or other) stand, he has just developed them and is in process of getting some kind of legal protection. I've passed a couple of suggestions along to him (one of which is to line the tray with that soft, sticky plastic used for non-skid mats in motorhome cupboards...for soundproofing as well as helping prevent things from falling off). A slightly larger clamp will allow it to be used on stands with larger diameter uprights as well. He is planning on making them in two sizes...one for trumpet and one for trombone mutes. Cool idea. (Maybe he could come up with a "cradle" to hold a Monette trumpet!?