Hi all, I just got back from having a beer with a TMer who visited my city tonight and played wonderfully in a concert. I only had a beer--when I left him, however, he was finishing his 125th ounce of boulevard wheat and appeared to be feeling fine. He's a wonderful guy, and sounded terrific. I will allow him to remain anonymous unless he chooses to claim responsibility! Now, this wonderful fellow had a very prominent mute drop in the middle of a chamber piece. A stemmed harmon fell at the feet of the solo marimbist, and I was afraid it would get stepped on. The marimbist, however, was alert and passed the mute back during a rest. And I got to thinking--don't we all have mute drop horror stories? Here's mine: it's my senior recital, and the first half went great. The first movement of the Tomasi went pretty well too. So, before the second, I put in the cup mute, cue the pianist, move my horn out, and--CLUNK! I somehow picked it up and reinserted it in the two measures between the drop and the first entrance, but man--was my "chi" off. It's like I realized my fly was open or something. And afterwards, some friends of mine started calling me "corky." Oddly enough, this wasn't long after Sammy Sosa got caught corking his bat, and I was a known Cubs fan, so that got worked into it in some obscure way. I'd have to say the best--and worst--mute to drop, in my experience, is the Bach plastic mute. It's fairly indestructible as far as denting goes, but it's pretty hollow, so it will bounce around. Once, a falling bach plastic mute clank four or five times on a hardwood stage. It played more notes than the tubist. Anyone else have any horror stories?