Jo ral copper bubble mute

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  1. i_surf_the_turf

    i_surf_the_turf New Friend

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    Hey fellow trumpeters! This is my first post here so I salute you all!

    And now my problem. I have a Jo ral copper bubble mute for my trumpet and the small I inside pipe has no resistance and just falls off.

    How can I fix that? Is it easy?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. amzi

    amzi Forte User

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    It's actually unlikely you'll ever use the stem, so this isn't a really big problem. Some of the guys I play with don't even have their stem any more. Anyway, you can put thick slide grease on the stem and that will hold it in. You can also slightly bend end of the tube inside the mute--just a tiny bit will do it. A third possibility is to slightly egg shape the stem to hold it in place.
     
  3. craigph

    craigph Piano User

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    I didn't know anyone actually used it with the stem in. I love the sound of my Jo-Ral bubble without the stem.
     
  4. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

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    I get a nice "rattling wah-wah" sound with mine using my hand, but I too mainly use it without the stem.

    --bumblebee
     
  5. Kujo20

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    Don't quote me on this, but I've heard that putting some scotch tape around the stem will help it stay in the mute...I don't ever use my stem (and it doesn't fall out)...but I've heard that doing that can help.

    Good luck,
    Kujo
     
  6. flugeler

    flugeler New Friend

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    Don't toss that stem - you never know when you'll get a request for "Sugar Blues" - I suppose you could use your solotone in a pinch.

    I must be older than I thought...
     
  7. R.T. Swing

    R.T. Swing Pianissimo User

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    Come on TMers, there are so many different tones and effect you can get with that little stem in, tight or extended and with you hand over the end. I use mine just about the same amount with the stem in and out. Slide grease works for me.
     
  8. nordlandstrompet

    nordlandstrompet Forte User

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    Just go into the mute from "the back" and give the "hole" a small dent.
    That will prevent the stem from falling out.

    @ flugeler: the solo tone mute works great for "Sugar Blues"....
     
  9. tobylou8

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    Don't throw it out. Soon as you do, you'll need/want it. As has been suggested, tape is the best idea. Any type of grease will be messy at best. Altering the shape of the mute will also alter the sound.
     
  10. craigph

    craigph Piano User

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    I don't use the stem in my Jo-ral bubble, but it is very tight. No grease or tape needed. You haven't bent it have you?
     

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