Soprano mutes

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by RJMorris, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. RJMorris

    RJMorris Member

    What are some of the preferred mutes (straight, cup) for an Eb soprano. This particular soprano is a Shilke. Do the mutes designed specifically for Eb cornets work better than regular cornet/trumpet mutes? Thanks in advance for your valued input.

  2. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    Definitely get proper sop mutes, Bb ones are too big and don't fit properly without major surgery to the corks, even then they don't sound right and may even fall out!
    When I made my attempt at sop playing some years ago the band I was with had the Peter Gane sop mutes (hand-made), whixh were the bee's knees, but I vaguely remember they're difficult to get hold of now. Our sop uses Denis Wick sop tin and cup mutes which seem fine.
  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  4. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    Fortunatley there is now available a complete range of mutes for Sop. Peter Gane mutes are now available for fibre style mutes (and they are every good) and Dennis Wick now do a straight and adjustable cup, also AS (I think) do a soprano Harmon mute. Personally I have a complete set (except the Wick Practise) and chop and change depending on the piece or whether I'm in unison with the cornets (who all use wicks).

    Horses for courses really.
  5. kadsop1

    kadsop1 New Member

    Peter Gane cup & straight mutes are perfect, effective and made for the job...
  6. ScreamingSop

    ScreamingSop Member

    i use Peter Gane Fibre, Dennis Wick Tin, practise and also cup (which is new and im not that keen on,used to play on a peter gane cup whichwas much better but more money!) also got a sop harmon mute but dont know the make of it.
  7. welshraz

    welshraz Member

    I use Peter Gane mutes too. I find the cup mute a bit too snug, but apart from that they are great! Took the band long enough to get them, for sure....
  8. daveredhead

    daveredhead Member

    As has been said before each to there own, I use Denis Wick straight and harmon, andA Tom Crown D trumpet cup mute and they all fit my Schilkie, really snug, The front row recon I should just flatten the bell with a hammer, and that would really mute it!!! Such cheek
  9. AJSOP

    AJSOP Member

    Straight Fibre - Peter Gane
    Cup - Peter Gane or Dennis Wick
    Harmon - Stolzel
    Tin - Denis Wick
  10. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    Report em to SPAS!

    (btw Where do we sign up?) :D
  11. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    The chap originally making Peter Gane mutes died about 4 years ago, so they became unavailable for a while, then about 2 years ago, Unison Music in Canterbury bought all the tools and started making them again. I can't comment on Soprano mutes, but PG really are the best fibre mutes I've ever used.
  12. lucretia

    lucretia Member

    I play a schilke too. I don't know what make fibre straight I use (painted white with red bass - fairly standard). I use a copper metal straight and a black fibre cup (both Peter Gane, I think). I've also got the Denis Wick adjustable cup - it feels a bit odd at times - very loud when you're playing as if all the sounds is being blasted directly at the player.
  13. Crazysop

    Crazysop Member

    I play a shilke, unfortunately my band havn't bought me any special sop sized mutes, so i bought myself a denis wick striaght, then took a whopping big file to a couple of ordinary hulmes and berg cup and straight mutes.They are horrid, out of tune and fit badly!!!!
    I lie, i did persuade then to buy me a harmon coz no amount of adjusting would make the denis wick Bb version fit. However the foam has fell off it and now it is broke. I keep fixing it with draught excluder from B&Q ( the type you put around doors) but that keeps on fallin off too.
    Soooo, where can i get me some nice peter gane mutes????

    (PS how do I sign up for S.P.A.S??)
  14. Bryan_sop

    Bryan_sop Active Member

    I've got a DW straight and a DW adjustable cup mute. I find the straight mute makes me a bit sharp but the Cup mute is pretty good.

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