‘The world’s favourite trumpet mute! This is perhaps the most successful and most copied trumpet mute ever. Since it was first designed in 1968 it has given trumpet players exactly what they need: a mute perfectly in tune in all registers, a great feel which doesn’t affect the ‘blow’ of the instrument, and the ability to produce a searing fortissimo in orchestral tuttis.
‘Its success lies partly in the design and partly in the manufacture. The design creates a very open mute, giving a full sound and avoiding problems of sharpness of pitch. Our hand-crafting produces a mute that is both light and very resonant, making it free-blowing and extremely responsive.
‘Real cork produces a snug fit in the bell of the instrument. We are proud this mute is used all over the world and yet represents incredible value. It is one of the most important pieces of equipment a trumpet-player will purchase, but is available at a reasonable price.’
Straight mutes are by far the most widely used mutes for brass. They are cone-shaped with three narrow corks to hold them in the bell. Sound emerges from the gaps between the corks. Straight mutes generally reduce low frequencies and accentuate high, giving a more nasal, reedy sound. Aluminium straight mutes have a brighter sound than those made of softer materials like plastic, fibre or wood.
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