mute vibrates trumpet

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Blind Bruce, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Blind Bruce

    Blind Bruce Pianissimo User

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    I have a new harmon style mute. I tried it on all my horns and when playing, the whole horn seems to vibrate from the back pressure. Is this normal or is the mute in too far?
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    If it is a harmon, you can't put it in too far, the cork seals completely.

    The Harmon does cap the bell and makes the air in the horn vibrate quite differently. Your experience matches mine!
     
  3. Peter McNeill

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    Hi Bruce,
    That sounds normal to me, and remember to wet the cork with your tongue when you put it in the bell with a little twist, as with the mouthpiece; and it will not fall out then.

    Go for the sound, there is a little more back-pressure.
     
  4. Pseudonym

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    ew, don't lick the cork. Not only will you get a disgusting taste in your mouth from all the oils in your horn, but you'll also render the cork useless after a little while.

    Just breath warm air into the bell to make a bit of condensation appear. A full breath should do it. Put it in, twist it to the side a bit and you're all set to go.

    Does your Harmon have a stem? If not, it's a Bubble mute, and you've got more experience with it than me. Harmon mutes shouldn't make the entire horn shake. I've got not clue how you're making it do that.
     
  5. Pedal C

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    I had a harmon mute that buzzed because the seam from the cone part and the cylinder part was loose. I think I twisted it around until it seemed tight and then bent it a little to keep it there.
     
  6. Clarence

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    have you check for lose brace's
     

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