Keeping the silent brass mute in the bell

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  1. eisprl

    eisprl Mezzo Piano User

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    Does anyone find that the silent brass mute has trouble staying in their bell? I play a xeno and find that the mute just doesn't want to stay in there. This is weird because they are both yamaha. Maybe I am blowing too hard?
     
  2. Lezwoymn

    Lezwoymn Pianissimo User

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    Yes it can get loose at times due to the water coming thru the bell. You just should occasionally check it's tightness. I've had mine drop out a few times also. I still love the silent brass system.
     
  3. jazz9

    jazz9 Piano User

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    I have the same system. Try blowing into the bell until you can see some light moisture on it. Once you see that, quickly place the mute into the bell. Don't ram it, but don't let the moisture get away either. The moisture should hold the mute in for longer.
     
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  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    On the Xeno and my Monette it does fall out too. The bell shape seems to not be what Yamaha had in mind for this mute. I took an exacto knife and trimmed the rubber seal down a bit. Now it works.
     
  5. Keegan Katastrofee

    Keegan Katastrofee New Friend

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    "Huff" into the bell before inserting it, just like with a cork mute, this keeps it in for me, at least.

    P.S. I love silent brass. I got it for christmas and its great. I often play at random times in the middle of the night now and noone knows about it
    =D
     
  6. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    I solved this problem in my old Bossey and Hawkes Regent by taking some thin wetsuit material, stripping the fabric from the rubber (you can peel it off by hand if you are gentle, and gluing the rubber in place of the cork - works a treat. Make sure the wetsuit is empty before attacking with your blade though. Sometimes this material is used on the rubber head bands used for holding your sunglasses on when boating etc. :cool:
     
  7. LLD

    LLD New Friend

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    Fits great in my strad. *shrug*
     
  8. jazz9

    jazz9 Piano User

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    "Huff" into the bell before inserting it, just like with a cork mute, this keeps it in for me, at least.-keegan katastrofee

    That's exactly what I was trying to explain, just couldn't get it in the right words. It works for me like that too.
     
  9. Eeviac

    Eeviac Piano User

    tedh1951 - that means you could use a piece of neoprene mouse pad too - those are the heavy ones, they're made out of wetsuit material.
     
  10. jazz9

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    I have no idea what you guys are talking about with the wetsuits.
     

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