Best mutes for a flugel horn

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Catherine81, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Catherine81

    Catherine81 Member

    Hi all

    The title of this thread is self explanatory really. I have taken time out of regular at home practicing and am hoping to get back into it, but am not confident enough to practice without a mute and am looking for recommendations regarding a mute.

    I am debating either a Humes and Berg practice or cup mute, what are your thoughts?

    Many thanks
  2. John_D

    John_D Member

    If it's purely a practice mute you are after I would recommend a Bremmer Sshhmute.
  3. oleredeye

    oleredeye New Member

    Agree that the Bremmer sssshhhh practice mute is excellent - amazing sound attenuation, and fairly good intonation.

    Can't comment on the Humes and Berg cup mute - but the McLean cup mute is first-rate. Good intonation, and a very authentic cup-mute sound.... but not cheap.

    The Wick aluminium straight mute is so-so. The Jo-Ral copper-bottomed bubble mute is fun for jazz - but rather difficult to keep in tune, and not really suitable for Band work.

    One might ask why you want to mute such a beautiful instrument as a flugel....
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012
  4. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Well-Known Member

    Because some composers seem to think it is a good idea?

    (they are wrong, we all know this)
  5. rosolino

    rosolino Member

    A hard case!
  6. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Another thing with flugel mutes is "try-before-you-buy" - reason being because there is less standardisation of flugel bell size/profile than with cornets/trumpets, and not all flugel mutes will fit all makes of flugel. A specific example being, the H&B Flugel Cup is too small for the bell of a Getzen Eterna flugel - I know this because I was once forced to drink three bottles of wine in order to accumulate enough cork to carry out the modifications necessary to make it fit ...

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