Harmon Mute Repair

Discussion in 'Trumpet Repair and Modification' started by guadarrama, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    Ivan, what thickness do you recommend for the cork. Not that I need it at this time, but my 40+ year old Harmon [and has the character dents to prove it] has had so many repairs, that it may just need a re-corking. The newer (undented and pristine) Harmons just don't have the same sound as the old guys!
     
  2. Ed Lee

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    Can't presently affirm how convenient they would be to aquire today, but very nice shot bags were/are used by architects/structural engineers/planners/and ship navigators to hold plans and maps that had been rolled flat. I've an antique dove tailed wooden box that contains 16 of them, the bag itself made of soft leather. Don't know what the bags are filled with, but they weigh about 5 pounds. Just so happens I'm currently using some of them to hold down a set of plans.

    Always heard many proclaim a copper mute has better sound than an aluminum one, but with either I would think dents could be pulled with a strong vacuum tip wheras both metals are malleable. As for a dent, it is just a thought that if accurately done, one could tune a mute to whatever is preferred ... comparable to tuning a steel drum. As I've said many times before, I don't like mutes but will use them when the music or conductor tells me to, or my Yamaha Silent Brass mute when didturbance of others is a factor.
     
  3. Dave Mickley

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    for solo work the bubble mutes sound great but for section work it seems the "standard" aluminum Harmon brand seems to be the ticket.
     
  4. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    1/16" thick normally does the trick. Sand it down if possible to fit the profile of your bell.
     
  5. guadarrama

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    Thank you for your tips and templetes im definitely going to use this!
     
  6. guadarrama

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    Thanks for your responses guys they were all helpful!
     
  7. mgcoleman

    mgcoleman Mezzo Forte User

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    All done?
     
  8. mchs3d

    mchs3d Mezzo Forte User

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    Someone once told me that the best way to make a Harmon sound better is to throw it at the ground.
     
  9. mctrumpet98

    mctrumpet98 Pianissimo User

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    Or drop it into the gutter!
     
  10. guadarrama

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