What do bands do about the purchase of mutes? What seems to happen with our band at present is that cornet and trombone players quite often buy their own mutes, while e.g. horn and bass players rely on the band to borrow/purchase mutes as required by the music. I'm not sure at this stage whether we have ever had a laid-down policy. There's a point of view that says that bands should supply mutes where (a) mutes are rarely required, or (b) are prohibitively expensive. Another factor in the decision might perhaps involve the extent to which the instruments in question are, or are likely to be, used when depping for other bands/ensembles. Do bands have a specific policy on this?