Mutes

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  1. CNYTrumpet

    CNYTrumpet Pianissimo User

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    Tony,

    Curious to hear your thoughts on if you find certain mutes (straight, cup, harmon, etc) are better than others when it comes to playing in a pit?
     
  2. kadleck

    kadleck Artist in Residence Staff Member

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    I've been using the Soulo straight and cup mutes, and really love them. While everyone seems to like the new "zinger" harmon mute, I'm still partial to my old Jo-Ral. Thanks!
     
  3. Ed Kennedy

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    Tony, do you have any trouble with the cup coming loose during a quick change? I have experienced that.
     
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Lick the corks first.
     
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  5. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

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    Make sure your tongue is coated with Kirschwasser; sticks better. :grin:
     
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  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Actually, even although many of us have favorite mutes, I really believe that we need a collection to choose from. If I have a gig and the others all have Humes and Berg, Tom Crown, Alessi-Vacchiano or whatever, I at least try to use the one closest.

    I also have favorites for certain pieces. The middle section of the Arutiunian needs a more "snake charmer" sound than the nervous, PITA Schmüyle in Pictures at an Exhibition.
     
  7. Acludwig1

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    Not quite sure how mutes I own but these are my favorites, all of which I bought brand new. My aluminum Dennis Wick Straight which I’ve used for 2 years, my Jo-Ral copper Bubble mute which I’ve used for around 9 months, and my Soulo cup mute that I just got for Christmas. These are my go to mutes. If I find a mute that I think sounds better than it gets replaced.

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  8. Bay Area Brass

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    my favorite Harmon is a late '50's Harmon brand mute-got the right vibe. Cup- Humes & Burg, straight mute is a Yamaha, trusty H&B Solo Tone, Pixie and Bucket.... Plunger-local hardware store-only been used with the trumpet :)
     
  9. Rapier

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    I recently played trumpet for a new work to mark the end of the First World War, with the composer conducting the rehearsal. One passage was marked muted. I asked the Composer which mute do you want. I was asked well how many types are there. I had around 9 in my bag, and several more at home, Hat etc. I then was asked to play the passage 9 times, using each mute. They picked, Harmon for one part. Bucket for a different section, and straight for another. The rest of the orchestra was asked to vote on which sounded right.
     
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  10. kehaulani

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    Sounds to me that that composer had a few lapses in his training. I get annoyed when someone is that unprepared.
     

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