Humes and Berg mutes are among the most widely used and recognisable on the market with their distinctive red and white finish. The company began manufacturing in Chicago in the 1930s at the height of the big band era with the encouragement of the greatest bandleaders of the time. Their trademark 'stonelined' construction is based on fibreboard coated with paint and resin.
The symphonic straight mute is made from aluminium, giving it a brighter, buzzier sound than the standard ‘stone-lined’ straight mute.
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, harsher sound than those made of softer materials like plastic, fibre or wood.
Also available in the Humes & Berg trumpet mute range:
* Use with plunger mute e.g. Humes & Berg ‘Trixie’.
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