Having just read on 4 bars rest their review of Black Dykes performance at RAH they say that 'they hear muted sounds'. Why oh why do MD's feel the need to have their players muted when it isn't asked for in the music :?: :?: Surely the whole purpose of using mutes IS NOT necessarily to make a section quieter but to change the sound and texture of a section :!: Every time we see a section of music marked pp is that to say we have to automatically reach for our mutes to play quiet??? I'm sure many MD's are guilty of doing this but i really dont see it necessary, surely the class bands are the ones who can play the extrememly quiet sections open without losing the quality of sound and without having to use mutes. What do other people feel about this issue??