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Thread: What Effect Does a Euphonium Mute Product? Straight and Practice

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    What Effect Does a Euphonium Mute Product? Straight and Practice

    As part of my new series of short demonstrations I've added one that in a little over a minutes shows the differences in euphonium sound for open, straight mute, and practice mute.

    Here are the mutes I used (Peter Gane straight mute from England and a Just Brass practice mute):

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    And here is a visual of the effects!

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    https://youtu.be/BPAEtNX-f2o

    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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    Thanks Dave. Very nice demo of the differences open vs muted. The practice mute (Best Brass) sounded louder than I expected. Always liked Grainger's "Lincolnshire Posy" and 'The Brisk Young Sailor'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickF View Post
    The practice mute (Best Brass) sounded louder than I expected.
    It surprised me a bit, too, at least from the graphics of the waves. When I have a chance (and have the house to myself) I might try the same thing, but with the recorder upstairs while I'm in my usual basement location. The tone is clearly different between the two mutes, with the practice mute retaining a more euphonium-like sound. But the goal of a practice mute is to not bother neighbors. The straight mute has more highs, but I'm not sure those carry as well through walls and floors as the lower tones. I'll try to come up with a wider range of repertoire for that demo. If I get really ambitious (no promises) I might make 2 full runs of the test, one with a TV in the same room as the recorder, at a normal listening volume. That might give more perspective.

    In my experience, the practice mute is better at hiding me while I'm warming up at church and other groups are practicing.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
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    Great video! Although I'm wondering how the Denis Wick travel mute compares to the best brass mute. From what I've seen when it comes to trombone the best brass mute is amazingly quiet, although I have to agree with RickF. The best brass mute was much louder than expected.

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