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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by (Trumpet)(2009), Jan 6, 2007.
That is a crack up!
I owned one a while back and never used it regularly. As the others have said, it is way to stuffy. Not to mention overpriced.
I used to use mine on business trips, and liked it for that. I don't travel on business anymore, so it rarely gets used. I know several players who use the Silent Brass mute (mute only) as an ultra-quiet mute for warming up during a gig, if they've been sitting for a while without playing.
I've never understood the complaints about back-pressure with the Silent Brass. Don't blow so hard! Turn the volume up and back off the air.
Another good practice mute is the one fromThe Wallace Collection. I use it for re warming up when I get to gigs.
I bought one, and used it once or twice, and hated the sound. Everything sounds like you're playing through a horrible cup mute. Like Manny said, just practice really softly if necessary. I use a harmon mute a lot late at night, it cuts the volume and it's a sound I use frequently anyway. And hell, before 10 p.m. in Chicago the cops won't respond to a noise complaint. My theory:go until someone complains. And if no one complains, you're OK. I'm very lucky, my neighbors are big supporters and my building has thick walls and floors. In five years I've never gotten a complaint. Plus I can practice at Merit any time and I do frequently. ("Where's McLaughlin?" "Can't you hear, he's practicing again!")
Well, Art is Art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.
One thing the others didn't mention and a big reason I don't use mine much... the wires. I don't like having wires in the way as you're trying to turn pages. I also agree about the stuffy feeling. I can usually get by with the stem removed from a harmon mute playing softly. I do this as my three children sleep upstairs without waking them.
First, I detest ALL mutes, but will use them when called for. The Yamaha Silent Brass system fills a void when optimum silence among others is critical. Some complain that they are "stuffy" and I sense that they may be using them without power and earphones. If such is true, I feel they'd do as well with a ball wedged in their bell As to the earphone aspect, the ear buds as come with it aren't worth very much and from a marketing aspect, Yamaha could do a lot better by providing none and instructing you to get your own, as is just what I did and use. I'm still not expecting to hear the clarity of tone I would have without a mute, just as I don't expect to hear such on the radio, TV or from a CD or other recording. Live is live and the only way to hear the very best of music. The other aspect is that there isn't yet found a way for a human to be in two places at once, viz behind the mouthpiece and in front of the bell of a trumpet simultaneously. Yes, these units do require a 9V battery, thus consider such availability when outside the U.S.
I have one and I am the player I am today because of it. When I began seriously shedding to improve my reading/finger-response rate (I am originally a pianist- so I can read fine, but it took 100s of hours to get me to the pont where I'm not translating from piano to trumpet in my head) I had kids and wife asleep late at night while I worked my technique. At the same time I was wanting to improve my endurance. A friend of mine (pro trumpeter) said I should practice at full volume (not blasting) and not to take the mouthpiece off my face. I did so, sometimes for 40-60 mins at a time.
Comment- I also have a faxx practice mute and I like the silent brass one better. However I'll use the faxx away from home because it fits in the bell.
This is my set-up at home: silent brass mute plugged into the Personal studio St-7 (an upgraded unit with better reverb control and more inputs), my headphones are SR225 Grado Lab Prestige Series, and I plug my iPad into it to use iReal for backing tracks. This works good for me and my family.
Headphones make a big difference.