Solotone Mutes...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Daisy Duck, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. Daisy Duck

    Daisy Duck Member

    I'm doing the musical 42nd Street at the end of this month and the trumpet parts call for "Solotone Mutes". None of us own one... what's the most suitable mute to use instead?
  2. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    A solotone has a rather dark sound - they were sometimes used to simulate a flugelhorn in the 40s and 50s when they were very popular.

    This site:

    has some sound clips so that you can hear what a solotone sounds like.
  3. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    A solotone mute gives a more Oboe / Cor Anglais sound..

    Bucket mute gives flugal like sound.
  4. andywooler

    andywooler Supporting Member

    [​IMG] According to hornguys:
    The classic sound for Tommy Dorsey and "Song of India". Used in '30's-'40's music and some stage shows. When music calls for "Shastock", use this mute. Also known as the "clear-tone" mute.
    The example above is a Humes & Berg
  5. Bryan_sop

    Bryan_sop Active Member

    I was going to say the same as Andy, I had to get one when (got a humes and Berg) I did 'Thoroughly Modern Milly' last year. Apparantly they were a 1920s invention that didn't really take off and weren't used much after the 40s

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